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Make Your Christmas Spooky with Spectacular Optical’s Yuletide Terror

  • DailyDead
The season of scares may be over in the public’s popular opinion, but horror films are hardly regulated to one month of the year. Some of the most effective genre fare takes place in snowbound cabins and quaintly decorated suburban homes during the season of joy. Santa suits become costumes for deranged murderers, and carolers drown out the screams that echo upstairs.

The combination of Christmas cheer and icy terror may seem culturally nonsensical, but what better time to explore horror than the darkest nights of the year? For those who celebrate their winter holidays with a dash of arsenic in the eggnog, Spectacular Optical presents a perfect Christmas gift: their new book, Yuletide Terror: Christmas in Horror Films.

The Canadian publisher has graced us with a number of brilliant academic tomes, exploring macabre topics such as Jean Rollin’s Gothic cinema and paranoid occult horror in the ’80s.
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Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection Review

Brad Cook reviews Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection…

The end of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s first run didn’t spell the end of riffing on bad movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett continued the tradition with The Film Crew and RiffTrax, and Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Coniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein created Cinematic Titanic. Shout! Factory was previously involved in The Film Crew, and now they’ve put out all 12 movies riffed by Cinematic Titanic in a new Complete Collection.

Hodgson and his fellow riffers play themselves in Cinematic Titanic. The premise is that a mysterious organization, perhaps a corporation or a military force, has kidnapped them and forced them to riff on bad movies as part of a complicated plan that has something to do with a tear in the “electron scaffolding.” It seems a bit convoluted and unnecessary – I have always
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Newswire: Hooray for this RiffTrax exclusive about Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

  • The AV Club
The RiffTrax gang will be back in theaters this December, thanks to Fathom Events. Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy will be putting poor Dropo through the wringer once again as they rebroadcast their 2013 riff on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 favorite Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. In an A.V. Club exclusive podcast, the trio reminisce about Nicholas Webster’s 1964 sci-fi comedy—one of the lamest Santa Claus movies not featuring Dudley Moore—and discuss working with “Weird” Al Yankovic and getting into the Christmas spirit in the chilly climate of San Diego.

Listening to the podcast, it would appear that the trio is simply always on, making each other chuckle incessantly. In addition to Santa Claus, Fathom Events will be also be presenting 2009’s Christmas Shorts-stravaganza, in which Nelson, Corbett, and Murphy are joined by “Weird” Al. The shorts collection will also include Parade ...
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FEARnyc 2016 Lineup Includes Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys, Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

  • DailyDead
Over 65 films, the new and the classics, will screen at FEARnyc 2016 horror film festival, including Nosferatu, Hocus Pocus, Dead Awake, Night of the Living Dead (1968), Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Lost Boys, just to name a few. Continue reading for the full list of films in the FEARnyc lineup.

From FEARnyc: "FEARnyc will be presented this Halloween season at New York City’s Cinema Village. From October 21-27, 2016 the event will feature screenings of 65+ new and classic horror films, cast appearances, special events and a tribute to horror icon, Wes Craven.

Some of the highlights include:

Screenings of Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Hocus Pocus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

The premiere of Dead Awake, the new film from Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick.

A screening of The Exorcist which will begin with a seance with the audience led by a renowned psychic.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns! 5 episodes to get you started

  • Den of Geek



The MST3K Kickstarter campaign is up, running, and funding episodes. If you're new to MST3K, here's a suggestion for getting started...

Turn down your lights (where applicable) - Mystery Science Theater 3000 is making a comeback. The Us series poking fun at bad movies from the comfort of a satellite several miles above the Earth ran for eleven years from 1988-1999, and creator Joel Hodgson has been raising funds to resume the experiment via Kickstarter. The new episodes will star The Nerdist’s Jonah Ray as the hapless human, with the internet’s Felicia Day down to play the evil scientist torturing Jonah with cheesy B-movies, with Patton Oswalt performing henchman duties.

As we write this, three new episodes have been funded, and a batch of six looks likely. However, Hodgson is hoping to reach $5.5 million and fund a full series of 12 new episodes, so if you
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The RiffTrax Team On ‘Miami Connection’ Event, B-Movie Pleasures And Kickstarter

  • Deadline
The RiffTrax Team On ‘Miami Connection’ Event, B-Movie Pleasures And Kickstarter
Since 2009, the RiffTrax Live series of performances featuring former Mystery Science Theater 3000 performers Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, along with special guests and broadcast to participating theaters, has been skewering a selection of B-movies ranging from notorious (Reefer Madness) to obscure (Jack The Giant Killer, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians). The offshoot of Rifftrax, these events — presented in hundreds of cinemas across the nation by…
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Jessica Chastain Discusses Astronaut Training & Nasa’s Jpl For Ridley Scott’s The Martian

Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods And Kings opens in theaters in three weeks.

Jessica Chastain currently stars in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar where she plays a scientist trying to save humanity from extinction.

One year from now, Scott and Chastain, along with Matt Damon, come together in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming sci-fi film The Martian.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”

During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated
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What went wrong with Highlander II: The Quickening?

  • Den of Geek
Christopher Lambert didn't like it. Director Russell Mulcahy doesn't like it. Audiences didn't like it. But is Highlander II that bad?

The Highlander franchise has always had one, and forgive the tautology, enormous elephant in the room, and that elephant is the first film, which was the end point of the story. The series has always been about immortals, and their battles to “be only one” (as the tagline reminds you incessantly). Indeed, by the end of the film there is only one. Or to be more exact, there aren’t any at all, as it turns out the prize is mortality (and magic mind powers or something). Thus ends the story. No more immortals.

The 80s really wasn’t the time of the movie franchise, especially with a decidedly quirky fantasy film like Highlander, so really there was no need for a sequel. Highlander was never going to sell toys,
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Ten Worst Movies Ever Made!

With all the good press big budget films get today, We sometimes forget that out there in the cinematic shadows lay some of the worst movies ever laid to film. Today we take you on a voyage into a world of shoddy production value and atrocious acting. Welcome to the… Ten Worst (and undoubtedly Strangest) Movies Ever Made!

*Summaries Courtesy of IMDb*

10. Plan 9 from Outer Space

Premiered: 1958

Directed By: Edward D. Wood Jr.

Summary: Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).

9. Troll 2

Premiered: 1990

Directed By: Claudio Fragasso

Summary: A young child is terrified to discover that a planned family trip is to be haunted by vile plant-eating monsters out of his worst nightmare.

8. Santa Claus

Premiered: 1959

Directed By: Rene Cardona

Summary: With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of
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films to stream for the festive season (Us)

What’s festive and what’s available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

available on Prime

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Joyeux Noël: devastating film about the “Christmas truce” of 1914 that saw French, British, and German soldiers leave their trenches to celebrate the holiday togther [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: cheesy 60s sci-fi adventure is so bad it’s must-see [at Amazon Instant Video] Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

for the whole family

A Christmas Story: middle-American 1940s nostalgia is a big pile of wonderful [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Home Alone: kiddie slapstick at its finest as little Macaulay Culkin battles Christmas burglars [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Miracle on 34th Street
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It’S Not Naughty, It’S Guilty: How Santa Claus Ruins The Scares For Christmas Horror

I hate Christmas. Call me Scrooged until you’re blue in the face, but I think the entire Christmas season can take a jolly ole sleigh ride fa-la-la-la-far the Hell away from me. Now that radio stations are playing Bing Crosby on repeat and we’re pretending to actually find joy in a weather change that causes people to magically forget how to operate a motor vehicle, horror fans have started clambering for movies that remain festive but can help wash the merry stench of fire roasting chestnuts off their palate.

Yuletide horror comes in two forms. We have horror that takes place on or around Christmas like Gremlins and Black Christmas, and we have “Christmas Horror” films like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, and Santa’S Slay. It would appear that these two different classifications have also created a divide in the way fans appreciate these films.
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Slackery News Tidbits: December 2, 2013

  • Slackerwood
Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

The Houston Film Critics Society has chosen five nominees for its second annual Texas Independent Film Award: Comedy Warriors, which premiered at this year's San Antonio Film Festival; the German drama Houston, from Austinite Bastian Gunther; the Central Texas-shot Prince Avalanche (Elizabeth's review), directed by Austinite David Gordon Green; An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (Jette's review), a documentary from Houston filmmaker Al Reinert, which premiered at SXSW 2013; and the Austin-shot feature Zero Charisma (Jette's review). The winner of the award, given to a film which is primarily financed and filmed in Texas, will be announced on Jan. 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. (via Hfcs member Alan Cerny on Twitter)Drafthouse Films release The Act of Killing (Elizabeth's review), a documentary that sees former Indonesian death squad leaders reenacting their real-life mass killings, and Dallas native Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (J.
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New Blu-ray Releases: R.I.P.D., Monsters University, Byzantium, and more

October 29th new Blu-ray and DVD releases include R.I.P.D., Monsters University, Byzantium, Springsteen & I and Bounty Killer. Christmas also comes early with the release of Lady Antebellum's Live On This Winter's Night, Celtic Woman's Home For Christmas: Live From Dublin and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Special Edition). Wrestling fans can enjoy the release of WWE: Straight to the Top: The Money in the Bank Ladder Match Anthology. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the
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Cinematic Titanic Riffs on The Astral Factor Saturday at The St. Charles Family Arena

Cinematic Titanic is the live movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and they’re bringing their show to St. Louis this Saturday October 12th for what they’re calling their ‘Farewell Tour’ which I guess means this is the last time you’ll be able to see these guys riff on movies. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on ‘the unfathomable’, ‘the horribly great’, and the just plain ‘cheesy’ movies from the past.

Four years ago when Cinematic Titanic came to the St. Louis area’s St. Charles Family Arena, they riffed on
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So What's The Worst Movie Of All Time?

That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."

So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!

Rank Rating Title Votes

1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112

2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996

3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247

4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348

5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121

6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641

7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842

8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325

9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887

10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713

11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272

12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021

13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284

14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089

15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097

16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634

17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991

18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764

19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350

20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532

21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945

22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376

23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159

24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726

25. 2.0 Fat Slags
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10 remarkable things about Tango & Cash

  • Den of Geek
Feature Ryan Lambie Jan 23, 2013

Jack Palance kisses mice. Teri Hatcher plays drums. Just two of the many remarkable things we've discovered in Tango & Cash...

In this occasional series of 'remarkable things' articles, we've mostly focused exclusively on movies that were critical or financial flops. Previous entries have included Jaws: The Revenge, Battlefield Earth and RoboCop 3, which all suffered in both critics' reviews and at the box office.

This time, our choice isn't a notorious flop at all - it's Tango & Cash, a film which actually made a few million dollars more than it cost to make. At this stage in Sylvester Stallone's career, which featured the critical and financial nightmares Rocky V, Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Tango & Cash was a comparative blockbuster.

In terms of critical reception, though, Tango & Cash fared less well. It was nominated for three Razzies (though won precisely none) and reviews
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The 12 Lessons of Christmas Movies

  • ReelzChannel
Why is it that that movies get annoyingly preachy at this time of year? Turn on Lifetime or The Hallmark Channel and you're bound to see a whole host of "soulless person/dysfunctional family meets some magical Christmas source and learns an important holiday lesson that changes their lives" movies.

Personally, we prefer our life lessons doled out in a less hit-you-over-the-head fashion — and with a running time closer to 2 minutes than 2 hours. With that in mind, we undertook the arduous task of scouring through hundreds of Christmas movies to serve up the 12 vital holiday lessons in bite-sized tidbits, leaving you more time for shopping ... or drinking.

What vital holiday lesson does Gremlins have to offer? >>

Next Showing:

Link | Posted 12/25/2012 by reelz

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians | Scrooged | Die Hard | The Muppet Christmas Carol | The Bishop's Wife | Miracle on 34th Street
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Merry Christmas From the Movies: The Mashup

  • NextMovie
If you're anything like us, then at this time of year you're a sucker for Christmas movies of any kind. You melt and grin over the tender lessons learned, the opening of presents, the sourpuss having a change of heart, the pratfalls, the lovers sharing a kiss in the snow, the realization that Santa actually exists. Oh, and Martians.

We're celebrating our love of Christmas movies, not to mention the holiday itself, with this heartwarming mashup of Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas from all of us here at NextMovie — as well as a multitude of movie characters — to all of you.

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

Holiday Inn | How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Love Actually | Bridget Jones' Diary | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Batman Returns | Pirate Radio | Home Alone | Eight Crazy Nights | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist | Prancer | Christmas in Connecticut (1945) | The Holiday | A Charlie Brown Christmas | Bad Santa | American Psycho
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Digital Fury: DVD Essentials for December

  • Planet Fury
A Planet Fury-approved selection of notable genre releases for December.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) 20th Century Fox Blu-ray and DVD Available Now

Six-year-old Hushpuppy (fearless newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis) lives in the “Bathtub,” a southern Louisiana bayou community far removed from the civilized world. Her father Wink (Dwight Henry), a poor fisherman, keeps her at arm’s length but ensures her well-being within the cultural confines of their rough-and-tumble society. Seen through the eyes of the feisty Hushpuppy, the lines between myth and reality are blurred. An impending storm coincides with the melting of the arctic ice caps (and the thawing of some mythical creatures), which changes the world of the Bathtub forever. This heartbreaking little fable came out of nowhere last summer after building some positive buzz on the festival circuit. Shot on 16mm film for under $2 million, Beasts is a true independent film: a fiercely original and moving
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Finding Nemo 3D'

  • Moviefone
Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "The Dark Knight Rises" What's It About? Batman vs. Bane See it Because: Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale deliver an epic end to their gritty, realistic interpretation of the Dark Knight. Rather than attempt to top Heath Ledger's Joker, they smartly tell a broader, globe-spanning story that brings it all back to "Batman Begins." The action is sprawling, the villains are menacing, the cast is awesome and once the dust settles in a few years, we'll be looking at Nolan's "Batman" trilogy as an amazing piece of American crime cinema. (Not to mention, Anne Hathaway delivers a surprisingly fun performance as Catwoman that gets the character out of the shadow of Michelle Pfeiffer.) (Also Available on Amazon Instant Video | Netflix) Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Finding Nemo 3D" Ultimate Collector's Edition What's It About? Pixar's modern classic about a father and
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