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All of the Films Joining Filmstruck’s Criterion Channel This April

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This April will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Monday, April 3 The Chaos of Cool: A Tribute to Seijun Suzuki

In February, cinema lost an icon of excess, Seijun Suzuki, the Japanese master who took the art of the B movie to sublime new heights with his deliriously inventive approach to narrative and visual style. This series showcases seven of the New Wave renegade’s works from his career breakthrough in the sixties: Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), an off-kilter whodunit; Youth of the Beast (1963), an explosive yakuza thriller; Gate of Flesh (1964), a pulpy social critique; Story of a Prostitute (1965), a tragic romance; Tokyo Drifter
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Jack H. Harris, Producer of Cult Horror Classic 'The Blob,' Dies at 98

Jack H. Harris, Producer of Cult Horror Classic 'The Blob,' Dies at 98
Jack H. Harris, who produced the low-budget 1958 horror classic The Blob, died Tuesday. He was 98.

Harris died of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Lynda Resnick, announced.

Paramount's The Blob, directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr., starred Steve McQueen in his big-screen debut. In the film, an oozing, amoeba-like alien crashes on Earth in a meteorite, then expands as it sucks up people and menaces a small town in Pennsylvania.

The movie, made for just $110,000, caught on with audiences and grossed more than $3 million. It also spawned a 1972 sequel — directed...
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Rob Zombie’s 31, Black Christmas (1974) & More Movies Coming to Shudder in December

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Gather your fright-loving family members, fill your cup to the brim with egg nog, and find a comfy spot around the TV (or computer) screen, because enough horror movies to fill Santa's sleigh are coming to the streaming service Shudder this December, including Rob Zombie's 31, Bob Clark's Black Christmas, and many more.

Press Release: This December, there’s oh so much under Shudder’s tree. But before you get unwrapping, let’s shake the boxes a bit… We have something special for everyone, inside.

Love clowns? Coming exclusively to Shudder is Rob Zombie’s latest, 31, a vicious and characteristically Zombie film. Which is to say it’s dirty, mean and, from the get, right up in your face.

Looking to stay in? We’ve got a very special Shudder exclusive in Shrew's Nest. Directed by Juanfer Andrés & Esteban Roel (and produced by Alex de la Iglesia), this elegant,
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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Before the Remake

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films from the Criterion Collection that were later remade.

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The Blob, the Horror film by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.

The Hidden Fortress, the Japanese Action/Adventure film by Akira Kurosawa

This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George LucasStar Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor,
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Day of the Dead Movie List: Top 5 Most Freakish Living Dead, Undead, and Ghosts

Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made.
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Another Remake of The Blob is Finally Happening From the Director of Con Air

Anytime I’ve been asked about movies that should be remade, I’m pretty sure I’ve brought up The Blob. It’s the perfect property to go through the recycle bin, and this is coming from someone who likes the 1958 original and even more so the underrated 1988 version. It’s a horror scenario involving a gelatinous mass that rolls around and engulfs people. There’s an iconicity to the creature but not in a way that’s necessarily assigned to a time or storyline or anything else that fans can really take to their hearts. It could be redone at least once a generation, if not once a decade. So, I welcome the announcement that another remake of The Blob is finally on the move, and am fine with the choice of Simon West to helm this baby. The director of Con Air, Tomb Raider: Lara Croft and The Expendables 2 is hardly a great
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for February and March

Here's a Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre DVD releases for the months of February and March 2013.

The Blob (1958) Criterion Collection Blu-ray & DVD Available Now

This entertaining low-budget favorite gets some well-deserved respect from the folks at Criterion. A gelatinous creature from outer space begins to devour the inhabitants of a small town. Each time it consumes a new body, it grows bigger. A couple of teens (including the wooden Steve McQueen) attempt to warn the town and save the population from certain blech! Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. directs the mayhem with a sure hand while Bart Sloane's great special effects still pack a punch. Followed by the bizarre comedy sequel, Son of Blob, in the early ’70s (directed by Larry Hagman!) and a great, underrated remake in 1988 by Chuck Russell.

Special Features:

* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

* Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris
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Blu-ray Release: The Blob (1958)

Blu-ray Release Date: March 12, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

A curious local becomes the first victim of The Blob.

Steve McQueen (Le Mans) stars in the 1958 horror monster movie The Blob, a cult classic of gooey greatness!

The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an gelatinous outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, as the rebel teen McQueen (billed as “Steven McQueen”) tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.

Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by maverick film distributor Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.

The Blu-ray edition of The Blob
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Hallelujah! The Blob (1958) Goes Criterion!

Alrighty, kids, providing we make it through the Mayan apocalypse on Friday we've got some great news coming your way on some highly anticipated video releases headed our way via IFC Midnight and the Criterion Collection.

First up the original 1958 version of The Blob is getting the Blu-ray treatment via The Criterion Collection. Look for it in stores on March 12, 2013. Directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. The Blob stars Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut.

Synopsis

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects help The Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew
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Criterion to Release The Blob on Blu-ray/DVD

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Criterion has announced that they will be releasing 1958′s The Blob on Blu-ray and DVD in March:

“A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader. Strong performances and ingenious special effects helpThe Blob transcend the schlock sci-fi and youth delinquency genres from which it originates. Made outside of Hollywood by a maverick film distributor and a crew whose credits mostly comprised religious and educational shorts, The Blob helped launch the careers of McQueen and composer Burt Bacharach, whose bouncy title song is just one of this film’s many unexpected pleasures.”

Bonus Features:

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition Two audio commentaries: one by producer Jack H. Harris and film
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The Blob, Terrence Malick's Badlands and More Coming to Criterion Collection Blu-ray

Criterion have announced their March 2013 Blu-ray slate and its got some high profile titles in it that are sure to be gobbled up upon release.

Headlining the March 2013 Criterion Collection Blu-ray releases is Terrence Malick's directorial debut, Badlands, on March 19. According to Criterion, the story of serial killers Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate as played by Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek, respectively, is one of their most requested titles of all time. It comes to Blu-ray in with a new 4K digital restoration, with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack. Bonus features include:

Making Badlands, a new documentary featuring actors Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk New interview with editor Billy Weber about director Terrence Malick's unique approach to editing New interview with producer Edward Pressman Trailer Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda

Next up is the 1958 creature classic The Blob
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Fight for Horror Supremacy Week 1

For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.

Ricky D – 14 Viewings

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The Exorcist

Directed by William Friedkin

One of the few horror films that really gets under my skin. Essential viewing for any cinephile.

The Exorcist 3

Directed by William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty,
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Junk Food Dinner Podcast: Episode 68

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Sound the alarm, JFD68 is here! This week, we're honored once again to be graced with the presence of none other than professional podcaster Mike Dikk from Kissing Contest.

We kick things off by asking how far can too far go as we debate the merits of the contraversial 2010...uh...Serbian film...A Serbian Film.

Round 2! Rutger Hauer is takin' it to the streets and dishing out boxcar justice while going toe to toe with crime bosses, child molesters, angry mobs, and armored thugs as he teams up with a hooker with a heart of gold in the 2011 film Hobo with a Shotgun.

Finally, we take a look at the well-dressed 1959 sci-fi, jazzterpiece (not a real word) 4D Man from director Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. (The Blob, Dinosaurs!).

Also, we have Nerds News, this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases and much more!

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Best Alien Invasion Movies

#30 Vikaren (The Substitute) (2007)

Directed by Ole Bornedal

The Substitute sends a love-starved alien to terrorize a classroom of youngsters. Paprika Steen highlights the pic with a wickedly over-the-top performance in the title role. Danish director Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) delivers a fun and nicely paced thriller fit for the whole family. As a throwback to classic 80s family films like Monster Squad and The Goonies, The Substitute is a whole lot of fun, and a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered. Few critics gave the film the positive reviews it deserves, but hopefully in time it will find a cult audience. Special mention to the children, who are all brilliant, especially Jonas Wandschneider as Carl.

#29 The Hidden

Directed by Jack Sholder

Made by New Line at a time when the studio was known primarily for its early John Waters comedies and the Nightmare On Elm Street series, 1987′s The Hidden is a body switching,
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