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6 Underrated Movies You Should Watch This Halloween!

‘Tis the Halloween season again, and like most of you, although I regularly watch all kinds of horror films all year round, for some reason, come October, I like to squeeze in as many titles as humanly possible into the month to properly get into the spirit. It often varies from classic horror features (last year I celebrated by making my way through all the Universal Monster Movies), modern horror (this year it’s the Halloween boxed set), personal favorites, one’s I have vague memories of & want to revisit and also a handful of movies I’ve never seen but have been meaning to. I’m sure you all have your traditional ones whether it be Carpenter’s Halloween, Trick ‘R Treat or Frankenstein. But sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly which movies you want to curl up on the couch with, so here’s a few odd
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31 Days of Horror: ‘Squirm’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Don Scardino, Patricia Pearcy, R.A. Dow, Jean Sullivan, Peter MacLean, Fran Higgins | Written and Directed by Jeff Lieberman

The 70s was, shall we say, an “interesting” time in cinema. Whilst mainstream Hollywood was churning out some of its most revered movies – The Godafather, The Exorcist, Mean Streets, and pretty much the entire oeuvre of Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola – low-budget cinema and in particular genre movies were exploring very different cultural avenues.

Whilst we had the likes of Night of the Living Dead, which explored soci-cultural issues, using the genre as a metaphor for much bigger “stories”, we also had the birth of the slasher movie boom in John Carpenter’s Halloween. Yet slipped somewhere in between was a strange sub-genre: the nature-run-amok film. Jaws, Piranha, Killer Bees, The Swarm, Grizzly, Day of the Animals, Kingdom of the Spiders, Phase Four, Bug; the animals ran rampant and so did zoological horror…
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The 25 Greatest Game Shows Ever, In Honor Of The Daytime Emmys

Big bucks, expensive vowels, and a million cackling Whammies.

The Daytime Emmys are this Sunday, and for the first time ever, there’s a gay nominee for Best Game Show Host — the marvelous and frightfully funny Billy Eichner. Wahoo! To celebrate, let’s rank the 25 best game shows of all time. Get out your purse and prepare to buy some vowels, gents.

25. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?: Sorry Double Dare, but Carmen Sandiego is the greatest kids’ game ever. It made geography cool while highlighting the glamorous felonies of a femme fatale. I wish more TV shows concluded with the entire cast yelling in unison, “Do it, Rockapella!”

24. Let’s Make a Deal: Carol Merrill and Monty Hall could woo you into anything. Though if you’re already wearing a chicken outfit, you probably don’t need much coercing.

23. Sale of the Century: Jim Perry
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Jeff Lieberman Restores and Reprograms His Remote Control for DVD and Blu-ray

The year was 1987. Kevin Dillon (better known as Johnny Drama from the HBO series "Entourage") was just a pup, and Squirm director Jeff Lieberman would pit him against an alien invasion. Any of this sound familiar? Well, if it doesn't, get ready to rediscover a long lost classic.

Lieberman dropped us a line to let us know that he has personally produced a 25th Anniversary Edition of his Eighties favorite Remote Control, and even cooler? You can order the movie here - Right Now!

The flick also stars Jennifer Tilly, Deborah Goodrich, and Christopher Wynne.

Synopsis

Video store employees Cosmo Diclemente and Georgie go to one customer’s house to drop a video off, only to see the girl’s boyfriend strangling her. They discover that videos of the 1950s science-fiction film ‘Remote Control’ contain subliminal mind-control messages that turn all who view the film into mindless killers. As they investigate further,
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Jeff Lieberman Visits Montreal for Blue Sunshine’s Anniversary Screening!

Blue Sunshine Montreal’s only psychotronic film centre will be celebrating it’s one year anniversary by presenting the film that inspired their name: 1978’s Blue Sunshine with director Jeff Lieberman in attendance! The event will take place on Saturday, June 25th at Blue Sunshine, 3660 St-Laurent, 3rd Floor. Doors will open at 7:45pm and the film will screen at 8:30pm. Tickets are $15 but they also have a combo pack available for $25 that include both the screening and Jeff’s Miskatonic class on “Radioactive Movies” the next day!

Be sure to visit the official homepage for Blue Sunshine. Here is the trailer for the film and below it is more info from the press release:

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The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies presents

Radioactive Movies!

with Instructor Jeff Lieberman

Sunday June 26 – 11am-2pm

Registration: $15

(Tickets will not be mailed to you – bring your receipt and your name will be
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Dread Central: Six Sites Remember the Class of 1981

When Lucio Fulci concluded The Beyond with the words "And you will face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored", he might as well have been referring to the banner year of 1981.

Whatever your genre poison, 1981 delivered it in spades. Werewolves ruled the box office with films that not only redefined special effects artistry but remain stellar examples of modern lycanthropic horror – even today. Elsewhere, Satan's son reared his ugly head for a final conflict while David Cronenberg explored factions of warring psychics with Scanners. Sam Raimi's Candarian demons were unleashed in a Tennessee cabin while seemingly endless droves of slashers stalked theaters across the country. Wes Craven doled out one hell of a Deadly Blessing while The Boogens broke free from a Colorado silver mine, endearing themselves to a whole band of cult aficionados who've remained loyal to a film that, thirty years later,
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DVD Playhouse--June 2011

DVD Playhouse June 2011

By

Allen Gardner

Kiss Me Deadly (Criterion) Robert Aldrich’s 1955 reinvention of the film noir detective story is one of cinema’s great genre mash-ups: part hardboiled noir; part cold war paranoid thriller; and part science- fiction. Ralph Meeker plays Mickey Spillane’s fascist detective Mike Hammer as a narcissistic simian thug, a sadist who would rather smash a suspect’s fingers than make love to the bevvy of beautiful dames that cross his path. In fact, the only time you see a smile cross Meeker’s sneering mug is when he’s doling out pain, with a vengeance. When a terrified young woman (Cloris Leachman, film debut) literally crossed Hammer’s path one night, and later turns up dead, he vows to get to the bottom of her brutal demise. One of the most influential films ever made, and perhaps the most-cited film by the architects
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Horror at the Oscars 2011 - Part One

It is that time of year again when Dread Central pays its respects to those who have worked in our beloved genre and made it to the red carpet on Oscar night 2011. The genre was in rare form when it came to the nominations. Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan was up for the gold in multiple categories (best picture, best actress, cinematography, and direction); even The Wolfman was on the short-list for best make-up. And win we did.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves because therein lie the gems of VHS past for a large share of both the winners and folks who were nominated. Highlights include a win for Melissa Leo (nominated two years ago for Frozen River), whom we remember best as Judith 'MaMa' Baer in Deadtime Stories. And who could forget Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho? My fellow fright fiends, he brought home the gold last night.
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Interview With Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Satan's Little Helper, Just Before Dawn) - The Faces Of Indie Horror Month

Jeff Lieberman is a writer, producer, and director that has worked in the genre numerous times (Blue Sunshine, Squirm, Satan's Little Helper, Just Before Dawn, Remote Control) and outside of the genre including kid friendly fare like The Neverending Story III. Lieberman is a director that is all about the mood and atmosphere and uses that to create heart stopping suspense. Most of his films might not be the most familiar, but he has done a solid job right down the line on every single film. If anything, he can be counted on for consistency even if he works infrequently.

Who is Jeff Lieberman and what is he all about?

I usually leave it to others to speculate what I'm 'all about.' Outside of my work credits, from horror genre movies like 'Squirm' 'Blue Sunshine' 'Just Before Dawn' 'Remote Control' 'Satan's Little Helper' and numerous non genre more mainstream credits,
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