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Review: ‘The Void’ is a Surreal Hybrid of ‘The Thing’ and ‘Hellraiser’

I was recently comparing directorial culture today with that of the 80s and 90s, referencing how new technology has allowed a disintegration of the old school “pay your dues” mentality. Forty years ago you had artists working their way up under the tutelage of established directors through the more niche technical departments. See James Cameron (matte painter on Escape from New York) and Joe Johnston (visual effects on Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark) as examples. I’m not saying this type of mailroom intern to studio executive evolution isn’t still possible or relevant, just that young filmmakers can currently make a calling card film like the $750,000 budgeted Safety Not Guaranteed and find themselves helming a $150 million blockbuster like Jurassic World in only three years.

Is that talent? Luck? A bit of both, surely. But I still admire the idea of learning before jumping, earning the big
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Review: The Void, Grim, No-Nonsense Horror

Following its Frontieres market pitch a few years ago and a successful Indigogo campaign, The Void shot in Canada last year with Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Ellen Wong, and Art Hindle. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 in Austin to a packed house, with producer Casey Walker and directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski in attendance. The Void draws inspiration from a number of horror influences, including Hellraiser, The Beyond, H.P. Lovecraft, and Lucio Fulci.    Those expecting the absurd comedic touches of Aston-6 (the filmmaking collaborative of which Gillespie and Kostanski are part) are in for a surprise, because The Void is grim. However, those who have been paying attention know not to expect any funny business here, unless your idea of laughs is a Rob...

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The Void of the Womb Births a Devil: A Film Review

*full disclosure: an online screener of this film was provided by Screen Media Films. Directors/writers: Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski. Cast: Kathleen Munroe, Ellen Wong, Kenneth Welsh, Aaron Poole, Art Hindle and Stephanie Belding. The Void is an upcoming horror release, from Canadian filmmakers Astron 6. This team has been responsible for a number of decent horror features, including: Manborg (2011), Father's Day (2011), The Editor (2014) and others. Their latest film deals with the horrors of birth and the possible aftermath of death? The film does not have an answer to mortality, or immortality, though. Much of the film takes place in hell and veteran horror fans will see some of Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987), here. In costume, makeup and setting, this film wears its influences on its sleeve. This viewer enjoyed the practical effects, in the film. But, the film's theme and message comes across as convoluted, for at least one viewer.
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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: 2016 Edition

I’m guessing that you, just like most of us, have always had seasonal favorites when it comes to movies that attempt to address and evoke the spirit of Christmas. Like most from my generation, when I was a kid I learned the pleasures of perennial anticipation of Christmastime as interpreted by TV through a series of holiday specials, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and even musical variety hours where the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and Dean Martin et al would sit around sets elaborately designed to represent the ideal Christmas-decorated living room, drinking “wassail” (I’m sure that’s what was in those cups) and crooning classics of the season alongside a dazzling array of guests. (We knew we were moving into a new world of holiday cheer when David Bowie joined Bing Crosby for
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Contest: Win Black Christmas (1974) Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

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A sorority house becomes the site of seasonal scares in Bob Clark's Black Christmas. With the holiday horror classic coming out on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray beginning December 13th from Scream Factory, we've been provided with three copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Collector's Edition Blu-ray copy of Black Christmas (1974).

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Black Christmas Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on December 16th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Black Christmas Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority
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Black Christmas (1974) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

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Scream Factory brings horror to the holidays with their December 13th release of Black Christmas (1974) on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray, and we have high-def clips and a trailer from the beloved Bob Clark movie.

Black Christmas Collector's Edition Blu-ray: "The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma prepare for the festive season, a stranger begins to stalk the house.

A series of obscene phone calls start to plague the residents of the sorority and it becomes clear that a psychopath is homing in on the sisters with dubious intentions. And though the police try to trace the calls, they discover that nothing is as it seems during this Black Christmas. "Stuffed with extremely tense moments, chilling cinematography, amazing characters and long-lasting dread… [this] genuine classic is completely deserving of every bit of respect and admiration it's picked up over the last 40 years" (addictedtohorormovie.
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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas Reigns

Canadian director Bob Clark (A Christmas Story, Murder By Decree) tragically left this mortal realm in a car crash in 2007, but his legacy of work lives on. He worked in several genres, but in horror, his 1970s masterpiece Black Christmas is revered by both fans and filmmakers. It's easy to see why when you watch the movie. Its fantastic cast John Saxon, Olivia Hussey, Art Hindle, Keir Dullea, and Margo Kidder stars in a film that's both scary and pushes hot topic buttons (abortion) that are sadly still relevent today. A 2006 remake had a chilly reception, and the original remains unsurpassed. After all, Black Christmas is said to have influenced John Carpenter's Halloween. The dread that Clark created was palpable and still quite effective; in fact, the...

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Blu-ray Review: Black Christmas (1974) Collector’s Edition

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There is no definitive answer as to what the first slasher movie really is. Many point to Michael Powell's Peeping Tom or even Psycho as the film that launched the genre. Others suggest it's Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood (aka Twitch of the Death Nerve) that invented the slasher tropes. Some still say it's John Carpenter's original Halloween, a movie that, even if it is not the first slasher movie ever made, can still be called the most influential. It (and Bava’s Bay of Blood) is the movie that producer Sean Cunningham was ripping off when he made the original Friday the 13th, the copycat that launched a thousand more copycats. There has been a push in the last 10–15 years, though, to recognize Bob Clark's 1974 film Black Christmas (aka Silent Night, Evil Night) as the first “real” slasher, as a clear line can be drawn
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Full Release Details for Black Christmas (1974) and Dreamscape Collector’s Edition Blu-rays

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Scream Factory has revealed the full release details of two potential stocking stuffers for horror and fantasy fans this holiday season: their Collector's Edition Blu-ray releases of Black Christmas (1974) and Dreamscape.

Press Release: This December, Scream Factory™ proudly presents two genre favorites as part of a month full of holiday horror and sci-fi season’s greetings. Black Christmas and Dreamscape come to Blu-ray in Scream Factory Collector’s Editions on December 13, 2016, both complete with new 2K scans of the films and hours of new bonus content.

Black Christmas

If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl…it’s on too tight!

The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house Pi Kappa Sig prepare for the festive season, a stranger begins to stalk the house.

A series of obscene phone calls start to plague the residents of the sorority and
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Fantastic Fest 2016 Review: The Void Is Fulci-Flavored Hell

The Void draws inspiration from a number of horror influences, including Hellraiser, The Beyond, H.P. Lovecraft, and Lucio Fulci. The film premiered at Fantastic Fest 2016 in Austin to a packed house, with producer Casey Walker and directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski in attendance. Following its Frontieres market pitch a few years ago and a successful Indigogo campaign, The Void shot in Canada last year with Aaron Poole, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, Ellen Wong, and Art Hindle.    Those expecting the absurd comedic touches of Aston-6 (the filmmaking collaborative of which Gillespie and Kostanski are part) are in for a surprise, because The Void is grim. However, those who have been paying attention know not to expect any funny business here, unless your idea of laughs...

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Void

Perhaps one of the most visual and distinctive horror films to be screened at this year’s Fantastic Fest is Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s visually disturbing and edgy film The Void, which played as part of the “midnight madness” selections at the festival. Moving away from the twisted humor of films like Father’S Day and Manborg, the writers, directors, composers and FX designers Gillespie and Kostanski took a darker storytelling turn as they presented a tale of horror happening to a small town hospital and a patrol officer Daniel Carter who was doing his duty. Played by The Will And Testment Of Rosalind Leigh actor Aaron Poole, the film’s simple plot was an unbalanced foundation for the macabre and other worldly atmosphere that infected the screen during the running time.

Truly a show piece for smart creature FX and an experience in the conception of your nightmares,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Brood (1979)

The Dead Zone (1983) is where director David Cronenberg turned from the horrors of the body to the torture of the soul. But before that, he made tentative steps towards adding a layer of vulnerability to his work, in the very personal and frightening The Brood (1979). It’s still rooted in the tactile, but listen closely and you can hear whispers of humanity piercing the skin.

Which is to take nothing away from his earlier works; Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977) are both potent allegories (and gory allies) on class warfare and sexual promiscuity. But The Brood was written by Cronenberg while going through a divorce and nasty custody battle, and while it mostly maintains a safe distance from emotional investment for the viewer, the beginnings of a sympathetic point of view start to take shape.

Released by New World Pictures in May, on a budget of $1.4 million Can, The Brood made some
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Review: Scream Factory's Invasion Of The Body Snatchers Blu-ray

In 1978, Philip Kaufman's remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers hit theaters. The all-star ensemble cast included Art Hindle, Brooke Adams, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, and Veronica Cartwright. Whatever side of the ongoing remake debate you're on, it's doubtful that you'd call this version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers a bad film. Scream Factory has just released a new Blu-ray edition with cool new art and lots of extras: New 2K Scan Of The Interpositive New Star-Crossed In The Invasion – An Interview With Actress Brooke Adams New Leading The Invasion – An Interview With Actor Art Hindle New Re-Creating The Invasion – An Interview With Writer W.D. Richter New Scoring The Invasion – An Interview With Composer Denny Zeitlin New Audio Commentary With...

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Blu-ray Review – Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978.

Directed by Philip Kaufman.

Starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright.

Synopsis:

Philip Kaufman’s 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a minor classic that has received a nice Collector’s Edition treatment on Blu-ray by Shout! Factory, who commissioned a new 2K scan of the film, along with some new interviews. They’ve also included the bonus features found on previous North American home video releases.

For some reason, the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with Matthew (Donald Sutherland) and Nancy (Veronica Cartwright) confronting each other, has stuck with me ever since I saw it as a kid. (I’ll avoid spoiling the specifics of the ending in case you haven’t seen the movie.) I’ve also always remembered it as a commentary on the strife of the 1970s, although the bonus features on this new Blu-ray from Shout!
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August 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include High-rise, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Bite

August’s home entertainment releases are off to a strong start this Tuesday, as horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to look forward to this week. Scream Factory is keeping busy with a trio of releases—Bite, The Binding, and the Collector’s Edition release of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)—and Anchor Bay has a pair of indie genre offerings, Viral and Lazer Team, coming out on August 2nd as well. Ben Wheatley’s stunning adaptation of High-Rise is also coming home on Tuesday, and if you missed it last month, Most Likely to Die makes its way to DVD this week, too.

Other notable releases include DVDs of Panzer, Summer Camp, The Suffering, and the Blu-ray release of The Night Visitor.

Bite (Scream Factory, Blu-ray & DVD)

Your Fear Is Her Appetite.

While on her bachelorette party getaway, bride-to be Casey (Elma Begovic) gets a seemingly harmless bite from an unknown insect.
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Contest: Win Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray

With aliens walking around in disguise, it’s difficult to trust anyone in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but you can confidently know that you’ll have a good time with Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the 1978 film, and to celebrate its upcoming August 2nd debut, we’ve been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Invasion of the Body Snatchers Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on August 5th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Clips & Trailer

The fight for humanity’s fate begins in San Francisco in Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Featuring a phenomenal cast that includes Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum, the 1978 film will be celebrated by Scream Factory on August 2nd with their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release that’s teased in high-def clips and a trailer.

Press Release: The seed is planted…terror grows. On August 2, 2016, the terrifying sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers will be presented like never before in a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Featuring a new HD transfer, this release also comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews and audio commentary with cast and crew, and a limited-edition collectible slipcover with newly rendered artwork.

Under cover of darkness, while an unsuspecting city sleeps, an alien life form begins to sow the seeds of unspeakable terror.
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Blu-ray Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory)

I love all things Body Snatcher. Every remake, every attempt at incorporating the core elements into other flavors of horror, and every pop culture reference, ever. There, I said it. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and especially the ’78 version, is up there with Night of the Living Dead for me, as one of the most important horror films of our time. I love the ’56 version as well, but this is every bit as good, and in some ways better, and I saw it first, when I was a kid, so it holds a special place in my heart. This is another horror movie that existed on Blu-ray prior to Scream Factory’s release, but it existed as such a barebones vanilla MGM/Fox Home Video release, that I squeed with glee when I read that Scream Factory would be giving it their Collector’s Edition treatment.

On top of being
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Get Ready to Be Taken Over When Scream Factory Unleashes Invasion Of The Body Snatchers This August!!

I absolutely Adore body snatcher films. I don’t know what it is about them, but they just do it for me. My favorite film having to do with body snatchers is the aptly titled, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, the 1978 remake of the classic 1956 film of the same name. The remake took concerns and metaphors subtly present in the original film and amplified them, raising the stakes, the social statements and boasted excellent performances from Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum. It’s just a perfect film, and one that I try to show every friend or house guest who hasn’t seen it. Thanks to the ever-reliable group over at Scream Factory, we’re getting a special Collector’s Edition Bluray release of Philip Kaufman’s 1978 masterpiece, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, complete with enough special features to make the most avid collector blush with excitement.

Special Features:

· New 2K scan of the interpositive

· New Star-Crossed in The Invasion – an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes)

· New Leading the Invasion – an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes)

· New Re-Creating The Invasion – an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes)

· New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes)

· New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman

· Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman

· Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod – including interviews with director Philip Kaufman, screenwriter W.D. Richter, director of photography Michael Chapman and actors Donald Sutherland and Veronica Cartwright (15 minutes)

· Practical Magic: The Special Effects Pod (4 minutes)

· The Man Behind The Scream: The Sound Effects Pod – an interview with Ben Burtt and sound editor Bonnie Koehler (12 minutes)

· The Invasion Will Be Televised: The Cinematography Pod (5 minutes)

· Theatrical Trailer

· TV Spots

· Radio Spots

· Photo Gallery

· An episode of Science Fiction Theatre, Time is Just A Place, based on Jack Finney’s short story. Directed by Jack Arnold.
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Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Shout! Factory has officially announced that the Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be officially released on August 2nd, 2016.

The classic 1978 thriller starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright and Jeff Goldblum has been remastered for this new collector's edition release via a 2K scan of the interpositive. The new HD transfer will make Invasion of the Body Snatchers look better than it ever has.

All of the legacy bonus features from the previous release are included for the collector's edition package. In addition, Shout! Factory has commissioned over an hour's worth of all-new extras along with a feature length commentary track.

Here's the complete rundown of bonus features on the Invasion of the Body Snatchers Collector's Edition Blu-ray:

New Star-Crossed in The Invasion - an interview with actress Brooke Adams (9 minutes)

New Leading the Invasion - an interview with actor Art Hindle (25 minutes)

New Re-Creating The Invasion - an interview with writer W.D. Richter (16 minutes)

New Scoring the Invasion an interview with composer Denny Zeitlin (15 minutes)

New Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman

Audio Commentary by director Philip Kaufman

Re-Visitors From Outer Space, or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Pod - including interviews with…
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