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At The Earth’S Core – The Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

Based upon the classic first novel of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ seven-book Pellucidar series and produced by British genre film company Amicus Productions, At the Earth’s Core (1976) is a star-studded tale of science fantasy complete with dinosaurs, a psychic master race of pteranodon-like monsters, and a caste-like civilization featuring a monkey-faced race who have enslaved the humans who populate the prehistoric land found inside the Earth.

Directed by Kevin Connor (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Warlords of the Deep; Motel Hell) and starring Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot; The People That Time Forgot; Roots; Humanoids from the Deep), the gorgeous Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me; Starcrash; Maniac), and the inimitable Peter Cushing, At the Earth’s Core is a fun, kid-oriented special effects extravaganza, with the emphasis on kid-oriented.

Though Amicus is best known for its portmanteau
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Deadpool 2 Director May Helm Fast And Furious Spinoff

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

The sequel formerly known as Fast 8 shouldered a huge weight of expectation prior to release because of Paul Walker’s tragic and 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 both Gray and his crew that the pic managed to carve out a new chapter in the studio’s petrolhead franchise, all the while collecting a whopping $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

Beyond the mainline series, though, there are also plans to extend the franchise in exciting new directions via spinoffs. Details are still scarce at this early stage, but we do know that there’s one in
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The House That Dripped Blood Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory

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Featuring a horror lover's dream cast that includes Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, the 1971 Amicus movie The House That Dripped Blood is coming to Blu-ray with a remaster makeover this May from Scream Factory, and we have a look at the cover art and full announcement of the thrilling news:

From Scream Factory: "Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! And Victims! You’ll find them all in the 1971 Amicus film The House That Dripped Blood. Coming to Blu-ray this Spring and newly-remastered.

A Scotland Yard inspector's search for a missing film star leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror written by the author of Psycho, Robert Bloch, and starring horror icons Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt. All four stories center on the mysterious fates of tenants who have leased the mansion over the years.

Extras are in progress and will be announced at a later date.
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The Amicus Collection

The Amicus Collection

Blu-ray

Severin

1972, ’73, ’74/ 1:85 / 88 Min., 91 Min., 93 Min. / January 16, 2018

Starring Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Calvin Lockhart

Cinematography by Denys Coop, Jack Hildyard

Written by Robert Bloch

Music by Douglas Gamley,

Produced by Milton Subotsky, Max Rosenberg

Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Paul Annett

Released in 1956, Rock, Rock, Rock was a bantamweight jukebox musical bolstered by the presence of three indelible signifiers of 50’s pop culture, rabble-rousing DJ Alan Freed, Hollywood’s perennial Lolita Tuesday Weld and guitar slinging provocateur Chuck Berry. Produced by Milton Subotsky and Max Rosenberg, the movie’s success inspired the New York-born duo to pack up shop and move to England where they founded Amicus Productions.

Hedging their bets, the fledgling company followed in the footsteps of both Aip and Hammer, putting one foot in teensploitation and the other into a line of shockers with a supernatural bent. To their credit their initial
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VFX, CGI Pros Move Forward in Creating Digital Characters, but Still Have a Ways to Go

the practitioners of the fine arts of visual effects and CGI have always had a Holy Grail: the creation of digital characters who seem so real that audiences will be fooled into believing they’re being played by real human beings.

But that goal has not yet been reached. People have an innate knowledge of how human faces and bodies move and react. Artists who fail to include in their work even the almost imperceptible qualities of a real person won’t fool anyone.

But progress is being made. Visual effects supervisor Richard Clegg of effects house the Moving Picture Co. — who created a digital Arnold Schwarzenegger fighting his real-world self in 2015’s “Terminator Genisys” — staged somewhat of a breakthrough with his work on the VFX character Rachel in last year’s “Blade Runner 2049.” She was animated to look like actress Sean Young as she appeared in the original “Blade Runner” in 1982. “We might spend all day
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January 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Happy Death Day, Eye Of The Cat, Blade Runner 2049

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Welcome back for another week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, readers! January 16th features plenty of intriguing offerings, from cult classics to sequels of cult classics to even a few recent films as well. If you happened to miss Blade Runner 2049, Happy Death Day, or The Snowman in theaters, all three are making their way home this Tuesday. Severin Films has put together The Amicus Collection (which features Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts and The Beast Must Die), and Scream Factory is giving Eye of the Cat the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Beyond Skyline is also coming to Blu on January 16th, and for all you Joe Dante fans out there, Shout Select has put together a Collector’s Edition release of Matinee that looks like it’s a must-have.

The Amicus Collection (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, the British film
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Hammer Stars Reunite for House of the Gorgon

Although it starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, Terence Fisher’s 1964 Hammer film The Gorgon never went on to achieve quite the same level of fame and recognition as many of the other films produced by the studio. However, it had such a strong impact on filmmaker Joshua Kennedy that he’s currently raising cash on […]

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Votd: How ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Recreated the Replicant Rachel

Votd: How ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Recreated the Replicant Rachel
Visual effects are getting better and better every day. While some didn’t quite buy the digital recreation of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (not to mention have problems with the ethics of such a production element), it appears Blade Runner 2049 succeeded in a somewhat similar visual […]

The post Votd: How ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Recreated the Replicant Rachel appeared first on /Film.
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Forbidden Tomes: The Vast Unknown – Hammer’s Homage to Algernon Blackwood in The Abominable Snowman (1957)

While Hammer achieved international fame (and notoriety) for their colorful and bloody adaptation of Gothic classics, their first foray into the horror genre was not The Curse of Frankenstein. Just a few months before that, the studio released another kind of monster flick—also starring Peter Cushing—called The Abominable Snowman. It sounds cheesy, without doubt, but what could have been a silly man-in-rubber-suit schlock picture becomes something just as chilling as its location. It affects something of the atmosphere that Algernon Blackwood employs in his cosmic horror stories.

As discussed in a Forbidden Tomes last year, Algernon Blackwood revolutionized the genre with sweeping tales of environmental horror—vast, incomprehensible spirits of nature threatening puny mankind. His tales evoke a special kind of dread, the sort that rises as you listen to the wind rock your house’s flimsy walls at night. Many of his stories draw from his personal experience as an adventurer,
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The Cinematic 12 Days of Christmas

Matt Rodgers on the Cinematic 12 Days of Christmas…

Tis the season, you know the one, no matter your own belief system you’re going to be exposed to seasonal songs being pumped into your every waking hour by supermarkets, cinemas, and family members.

Here at Flickering Myth we’re not going to be a pre-ghosted Ebenezer Scrooge, we’re going to embrace the festivities like a skipping, dancing, Muppet carrying Michael Caine, by skewing one of the most beloved Christmas songs into a cinema themed run down. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the 12 Days of Christmas, movie style.

12 Drummers Drumming

There’s only one obvious place to go for the first selection of our Christmas congregation, and it’s not the Nick Cannon percussion classic Drumline. Instead we’ve opted for the Damien Chazelle film that should have won all the Oscars; Whiplash.

Memorable for the one it did pick
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December 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Suspiria 4K Restoration, The Amicus Collection, American Gothic (1988)

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With Christmas now only a week away, there’s a big day of genre-related home entertainment releases to look forward to in the meantime, just in case you were in need of some last-minute gift ideas (or if you were looking to spoil yourself, which is totally cool). Easily my most anticipated Blu-ray release for all of 2017, Synapse Films' stunning 4K restoration of Suspiria gets the royal treatment via an incredible three-disc limited edition Steelbook set this Tuesday, and Severin Films is also keeping busy with their HD upgrade of The Amicus Collection, which includes Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts, and The Beast Must Die.

Other notable Blu-ray and DVD releases for December 19th include American Gothic, Leatherface, mother!, and the limited edition Steelbook for Donnie Darko.

American Gothic (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

A new tale of terror from the director of The Legend of Hell House and The Incubus.
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How Rian Johnson Turned 'The Last Jedi' Into a Personal 'Star Wars' Blockbuster

How Rian Johnson Turned 'The Last Jedi' Into a Personal 'Star Wars' Blockbuster
Very, very early on in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, filmgoers find themselves looking at a familiar sight. (Spoilers, come on, you know the drill by now.) A villain – in this case, General Hux, modeling the latest interstellar Nazi-officer menswear collection – is standing on the bridge of a spaceship. The First Order bad guy knows of a rebel base located on a planet below them, and Hux is marshaling his forces to blast it into oblivion. An X-wing fights enters the scene; it's being piloted by our man Poe Dameron,
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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

Blu-ray

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.

Synopsis:

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

Want to enhance your horror movie? Make sure you sign up a cat...

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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