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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Francis Ford Coppola, David Bowie & More

It’s been a stellar year of cinema and pop culture-themed books, and the texts (and Blu-rays) in this round-up all make fine gifts. One additional book that should be on your year-end list is Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier. It’s a satisfying companion to season three of Peaks, not to mention Frost’s own Secret History of Twin Peaks. So be sure to check out Nick Newman’s recent interview with the Peaks co-creator.

Live Cinema and Its Techniques by Francis Ford Coppola (Liveright)

The legendary Francis Ford Coppola has spoken of “live cinema” with regularity over the years, specifically with respect to 1981’s One From the Heart. That film, a box office flop now held in some regard, is an essential part of Live Cinema and Its Techniques, a fascinating new book authored by Coppola himself. The lessons from that experience, Coppola says,
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Binary Botox: The Case Against Digital De-Aging

By Jacob Oller

Let’s get one thing straight: Rogue One should’ve let Peter Cushing rest in peace. igital de-aging has been a not-so-recent trend in films as visual effects have given artists more and more chutzpah when staring death’s approach (or even its arrival) in the face. Some films, like Star WarsRogue One, go a step further. […]

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Is it time to erase Kevin Spacey from history?

Anghus Houvouras on whether it is time to erase Kevin Spacey from history…

It’s rare that you get to see a snowball rolling down a hill. The popular metaphor about momentum has always struck me as odd for a few reasons. First, how often does someone roll a snowball down a hill, much less successfully have a hand-sized ball of snow transform into a gigantic ice-cold flattening orb? Second, even if this was physically probable it’s doubtful that you were there to witness it. More than likely, you’re seeing the thing just moments before it mows you down like a Looney Tunes character.

The last few weeks has been the first time that the snowball metaphor has felt apt. I watched, as so many did, as accusations rolled out against small type perps like Devin Faraci, Harry Knowles and their enablers like the head of Alamo Drafthouse
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The Pirates of Blood River

Can a pirate be a substitute monster? Hammer Films gives yet another genre a spin with this box-office winner that launched a sideline in costume adventures. The Hammer crew makes it work: Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, Marie Devereaux, Michael Ripper, Oliver Reed and Andrew Keir, plus yank assistance from Kerwin Mathews and Glenn Corbett.

The Pirates of Blood River


Twilight Time

1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 87 min. / Street Date October 17, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store / 29.95

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Christopher Lee, Andrew Keir, Glenn Corbett, Marla Landi, Michael Ripper, Peter Arne, Oliver Reed, Marie Devereux.

Cinematography: Arthur Grant

Production Design: Bernard Robinson

Art Direction: Don Mingaye

Film Editor: Eric Boyd-Perkins

Original Music: Gary Hughes

Written by John Hunter, John Gilling, Jimmy Sangster

Produced by Michael Carreras, Anthony Nelson-Keys

Directed by John Gilling

Hammer Films didn’t start out as a horror studio, but after their big Technicolor successes in 1957-
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Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!

Starting out in 1939 as the little studio that could, Hammer would finally make their reputation in the late fifties reimagining Universal’s black and white horrors as eye-popping Technicolor gothics – their pictorial beauty, thanks to cameramen like Jack Asher and Arthur Ibbetson, was fundamental to the studio’s legacy. So it’s been more than a little frustrating to see such disrespect visited upon these films by home video companies happy to smother the market with grainy prints, incoherent cropping and under-saturated colors. The House of Hammer and the film community in general deserve far better than that.

Thanks to Indicator, the home video arm of Powerhouse films based in the UK, those wrongs are beginning to be righted, starting with their impressive new release of Hammer shockers, Fear Warning! Even better news for stateside fans; the set is region-free, ready to be relished the world over.

Hammer Vol. 1 – Fear Warning!
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Blu-ray Review – Demons of the Mind (1972)

Demons of the Mind, 1972.

Directed by Peter Sykes.

Starring Paul Jones, Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills, Yvonne Mitchell, Patrick Magee, Robert Brown, and Michael Hordern.


A physician discovers a web of sex, incest and Satanism in the house of a wealthy Baron.

Coming at a time when Hammer Films badly needed a hit as dwindling audiences were getting their horror fixes from the ‘real world’ terrors of Us movies such as The Last House on the Left and Night of the Living Dead, Demons of the Mind also eschewed the myths and monsters from fantastical lands but retained the period gothic setting that had become a trademark of the studio since the late 1950s.

With more than a passing nod to Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, Demons of the Mind stars Robert Hardy (Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets) as Baron Zorn, an aristocrat
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The importance of cats in horror cinema

Mark Harrison Oct 31, 2017

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This feature contains broad spoilers for several horror movies featuring cats, including Alien, Cat People, Drag Me To Hell, Fallen, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Pet Sematary and The Voices.

The relationship between humans and cats over time has given way to a number of cultural impressions and outright superstitions. Ancient Egyptians associated them with gods. In the Middle Ages, they were linked with witches and killed en masse, which probably hastened the spread of the Black Plague through the rodent population. And in the modern day, it's interchangeably lucky or not if a black cat crosses your path.

Like anything with such a wide array of symbolic links, movies have presented cats as characters in different ways over the years. It's their abiding association with the supernatural – whether as an omen
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Halloween Cinema A-z

It’s been a while since we went alphabetical here at Roobla, so to get you even more in the mood for October 31, here’s a Halloween special. There’s the odd tenuous link here and there, but we hope you find it fun and perhaps even a little useful…

A is for Alien. Ridley Scott‘s 1979 groundbreaking sci-fi horror remains just that.

B is for Bram Stoker. Okay, obviously the Dracula author never had a hand in any screenplays, but imagine how much poorer cinema in general would be if that book had never been written.

C is for castles, They’ve been the setting for many a horror movie, and with good reason: does it get more spine-tingling?

D is for disappointing. When was the last time you went to the cinema to see a new release and were genuinely scared?

E is for Elm Street. You wouldn
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The Artistic Throughline of ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’

By Jacob Oller

Monsters on screen and in the frame. ammer Films was a legendary production company for horror films and its first color contribution to the canon was The Curse of Frankenstein. Starring the one-two punch of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, it established the studio as a Gothic hitmaker and created a unique aesthetic for its […]

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Severin Films to Bring 1970s Horror Movies to the Holidays with December Release of The Amicus Collection Blu-ray Box Set

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Severin Films will bring horror to the holidays this December with their box set of three 1970s movies from Amicus Productions, aka "The Studio That Dripped Blood."

Slated for a December 5th release, Severin Films' The Amicus Collection includes Blu-rays of Asylum, And Now the Screaming Starts, The Beast Must Die, and a bonus disc of interviews, trailers, and more.

Each remastered Blu-ray is packed with new special features that offer insights into the making of the movies and the creative minds behind each effort.

The Amicus Collection box set is priced at $54.99, and it's also available in a special bundle that includes a T-shirt, enamel pins, book, and artwork (for an overall price of $129.00). You can also pick up And Now the Screaming Starst and Asylum as individual Blu-rays for $24.99 apiece).

For more information about The Amicus Collection, we have the full release details, cover art images, and
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Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to play Jodie Whittaker’s companions in Doctor Who

The BBC has announced that Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor will have three companions when the eleventh series of Doctor Who gets underway in the Autumn of 2018.

As previously rumoured, Bradley Walsh will be joining the series as companion Graham, along with HollyoaksMandip Gill and Tosin Cole as Yasmin and Ryan.

“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” states new showrunner Chris Chibnall. “We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”

“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor,” added Walsh. “Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d
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BBC Reveals The Full Tardis Team For Doctor Who Season 11

Ever since Jodie Whittaker was announced as the Thirteenth Doctor back in July, Doctor Who fans have been dying to find out more about this new incarnation of the show. Now, we finally have all the juicy details thanks to a press release straight from the BBC.

First up, we can tell you who’ll be joining Whittaker in the Tardis. Yes, it turns out that those earlier rumours were right and British comedian Bradley Walsh is stepping on board the time machine as the Doctor’s latest companion. Apparently, he’ll be playing a character named Graham.

The twist is, though, that the Doctor and Graham will have two other friends joining them on their travels. Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill (both previously seen in British soap opera Hollyoaks) are signing up for regular roles on the sci-fi show. Cole will be playing Ryan while Gill will take on the part of Yasmin.
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Halloween Haunted Hausu Party!

How often have you heard someone (usually a blurb whore, but sometimes someone you actually know) describe a movie as being “indescribable” or “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before”? And then you go see the alleged one-of-a-kind work and not only is it quite describable, it’s usually describable in terms of many things have come before or since. Not so Nobukhi Obayashi’s House (Hausu) (1977), a spirited, schlocky horror comedy that is so in tune with its own inexplicable wavelength of bizarre, cutie-pie and sometimes strangely lovely images as to make David Lynch look calculated and schematic in comparison. (The frightening images that are packed into Hausu’s bulging skin are as likely to inspire peals of laughter as fear, but laughter that may after a while begin to acquaint you with genuine madness.) Obayashi’s slapdash sensibility is firmly rooted in the explosively playful attitude of Japanese pop culture,
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The Essential Vampire Films

In readiness for Halloween, Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the essential Vampire films…

With that thing coming up that takes place on the last day in October. You know the one? Yeah, candy sales go through the roof, your house gets egged and toilet papered. Meanwhile you sacrifice a chicken over a Ouji board in the hope of getting Kevin James to stop making films. It never works and you just unleash hell on Earth (or to put it another way, a new Kevin James film comes out). With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good time to look over the best Vampire films around.Why Vampires? Well I was watching a film (that will appear on this list) and had a brainwave.

So without further ado, and not in any particular order, here are the essential Vampire films!

Nosferatu (1922)

This iconic piece of cinema remains
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Giveaway – Win Hammer House of Horror on Blu-ray

On Monday, October 23rd, Network is set to bring the classic anthology series Hammer House of Horror to Blu-ray for the very first time, and we’ve got a copy of the box set to give away to one lucky reader! Read on for details of how to enter…

From the iconic British horror studio this star-studded anthology series contains 13 episodes of spine-chilling terror blending the supernatural with modern horror hauntings, demonic possession and cannibalism. Marking a new direction for the studio under producer Roy Skeggs and with a cast including legendary British actor and Hammer icon Peter Cushing as well as Diana Dors, Denholm Elliott and Brian Cox, the series is featured here for the first time in stunning new High Definition.

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The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, October 29th. UK readers only please. To enter,
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Lost Horizon (1937)

It’s a wonder movie from the 1930s, a political fantasy that imagines a Utopia of peace and kindness hidden away in a distant mountain range — or in our daydreams. Sony’s new restoration is indeed impressive. Ronald Colman is seduced by a vision of a non-sectarian Heaven on Earth, while Savant indulges his anti-Frank Capra grumblings in his admiring but hesitant review essay.

Lost Horizon (1937)

80th Anniversary Blu-ray + HD Digital


1937 / B&W / 1:37 Academy / 133 min. / Street Date October 3, 2017 / 19.99

Starring: Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, John Howard, Thomas Mitchell, Margo, Isabel Jewell, H.B. Warner, Sam Jaffe, Noble Johnson, Richard Loo.

Cinematography: Joseph Walker

Film Editors: Gene Havelick, Gene Milford

Art Direction: Stephen Goosson

Musical director: Max Steiner

Original Music: Dimitri Tiomkin

Written by Robert Riskin from the novel by James Hilton

Produced and Directed by Frank Capra

Frank Capra had a way with actors and comedy
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Star Wars: Episode IX Was Supposed To Feature Leia Quite Prominently

We’ve heard a lot of different stories about how Star Wars: Episode IX, the final part of the revived trilogy, will handle the death of Carrie Fisher. After her tragic passing last December, it was rumoured that CGI would be used to recreate her likeness for the movie – in the mold of Peter Cushing in Rogue One – but this was ruled out by Lucasfilm a while ago. It was also said that Episode 9 was to have had a major role for Leia and that the film’s storyline had to be completely rewritten after Fisher died.

The truth is, we really don’t know just yet how exactly the actress’ loss will be dealt with, but during a panel at New York Comic Con this past weekend, Mark Hamill confirmed those previous reports, saying that the sequel to The Last Jedi would indeed have featured the actress quite prominently.
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Universal Announces Fast & Furious Spinoff Movie For 2019

Not unlike James Wan before him, Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray faced a monumental task upon taking the reins on The Fate of the Furious.

The sequel formerly known as Fast 8 shouldered a particular weight of expectation prior to release because of Paul Walker’s tragic, untimely death – even if Universal considered incorporating a CG Brian O’Connor a la Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – and it’s a testimony to Gray and his crew that The Fate of the Furious managed to carve out a new chapter in Universal’s petrolhead franchise, all the while scooping up roughly $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

It’s the beginning of an all-new and seemingly final trilogy of Fast and Furious movies at the studio, but beyond that, there are also plans to extend the franchise in exciting directions via spinoffs of the main series.
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Hammer House of Horror coming to Blu-ray in time for Halloween

With Halloween almost upon us, Network has announced that it is releasing the classic anthology series Hammer House of Horror for the first ever time on Blu-ray!

See Also: Order via Amazon

From the iconic British horror studio this star-studded anthology series contains 13 episodes of spine-chilling terror blending the supernatural with modern horror hauntings, demonic possession and cannibalism.  Marking a new direction for the studio under producer Roy Skeggs and with a cast including legendary British actor and Hammer icon Peter Cushing as well as Diana Dors, Denholm Elliott and Brian Cox, the series is featured here for the first time in stunning new High Definition.

Hammer House of Horror is set for release on October 23rd.
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New Video Shows How Grand Moff Tarkin Was Resurrected For Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Star Wars has always pushed the envelope of special effects technology. From the still impressive Death Star run in A New Hope, through to the technical (if not narrative) success of Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace. But the most eye-catching effect the franchise has produced of late is the CGI resurrection of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One. Now, courtesy of a new video released by Ilm Visual FX, we can get an idea of just how much work went into this most delicate of special effects operations.

Bringing back actors from the dead is still a controversial cinematic technique, coming with a tinge of morbidity and creepiness to it. On top of that, simply recreating human beings in CGI runs the obvious risk of plunging deep into the uncanny valley – where artificial representations of people are just realistic enough that the primitive part of
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