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Horror-Rama Toronto IV Panels to Include Night Of The Living Dead & Remembrances of George A. Romero & Bob Clark

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This weekend Toronto horror fans will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the genre's past as well as its present at Horror-Rama IV, with panels including a look back at Night of the Living Dead with co-writer John A. Russo and remembrances of both George A. Romero and Bob Clark:

Press Release: (Toronto) Horror-Rama is thrilled to welcome actress Ashley C. Williams to her Canadian convention debut!

Ashley found instant cult infamy for her tragic turn in director Tom Six's notorious black-comic horror masterpiece The Human Centipede where she was stitched rear-to-mouth as the middle segment of a mad scientist's insane experiment. In 2015 she received acclaim for her blistering turn in director Matthew A. Brown's psychological horror film Julia and both she and Brown (who will also be attending Horror-Rama 2017) will screen their masterpiece and meet their fans.

Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow,
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Human Centipede’s Ashley Williams to attend Horror-Rama IV

Horror-Rama Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its 4th year in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons –including actress Ashley C. Williams in her Canadian convention debut!

Ashley found instant cult infamy for her tragic turn in director Tom Six’s notorious black-comic horror masterpiece The Human Centipede where she was stitched rear-to-mouth as the middle segment of a mad scientist’s insane experiment. In 2015 she received acclaim for her blistering turn in director Matthew A. Brown’s psychological horror film Julia and both she and Brown (who will also be attending Horror-Rama 2017) will screen their masterpiece and meet their fans.

Ashley joins previously announced special guests: John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Tales from the Darkside, Dune); Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage); Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom); Vernon Wells
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New Guests Announced for Horror-Rama Toronto IV, Including Tales From The Darkside: The Movie Director John Harrison

Director John Harrison (Tales from the Darkside: The Movie) and actress Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me) are joining the list of guests set to attend Horror-Rama Toronto IV, which kicks off on November 4th and will screen cult cinema favorites throughout the weekend!

We have the official press release below with full details on the new guest announcements, and to learn more, visit Horror-Rama Toronto's official website.

Press Release: Horror-rama-toronto IV Celebrating All Things Horror

November 4 & 5, 2017 at 918 Bathurst St., Centre for Culture, Arts, Media, and Education

Just Announced: Lesleh Donaldson and John Harrison attending.

Horror-Rama-Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its frightful 4th year, in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons.

The shocking soiree runs November 4 and 5 at the remarkable 918 Bathurst, an arts and culture sanctuary and converted Buddhist temple located just North of Bloor St.
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Horror-Rama IV adds two more guests!

Horror-Rama Toronto, the Only stand-alone horror convention and cult cinema celebration, returns for its 4th year in a larger and wilder space with a gaggle of amazing celebrity guests and cinema icons – including the already announced Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage); Mink Stole (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Serial Mom); Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Commando, Weird Science); Lisa Langlois (Class of 1984, Deadly Eyes); Composer Carl Zittrer (Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Black Christmas, Deathdream, Blood Orgy of the She Devils); Illustrator Mike Diana; Artist and Something Weird Video braintrust Lisa Pettrucci; and Night of the Living Dead co-writer and producer John Russo

Horror-Rama organisers have also just announced that the guest line-up will be boosted by two, with the appearance of Scream Queen Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me, Deadly Eyes, Funeral Home) and writer, director and actor John Harrison (Creepshow, Day of the Dead,
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 2 – More Black Friday Deals, Movie Box Sets, Hallmark Ornaments & More!

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Happy Black Friday, everyone, and welcome back for Day 2 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate your way through the horrors of the shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too.

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help you get into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of Duddy in Motion to create an amazing Stranger Things print (see below) that all of our giveaway winners will receive with our amazing prize packs that feature a collection of items, including movies, graphic novels, the Duddy in Motion Stranger Things print,
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Review: Fetish Factory is a Fun Exploration of Feminism, Sexuality & Zombies

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The week I saw Fetish Factory, the new feature from writer/director Staci Layne Wilson, I also rewatched Anna Biller’s The Love Witch and Hillary Clinton lost her chance to be the first female president of the United States. I was very much in the mindset of seeing art through a specific prism of gender politics and sexism, which may have colored my reading of the movie. At the same time, I don’t know if that’s true. This is a movie with gender politics very much on its mind. You don’t make a movie about the male customers of a sex fetish club being turned into bloodthirsty zombies without wanting to say something about the relationship between men and women.

A group of burlesque dancers—including Carrie Keagan, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (who also produced the film), Tristan Risk, and Jenimay Walker—report for a shift at Fetish Factory,
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October 25th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Lights Out, The Exorcist III, Herschell Gordon Lewis Collection

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For this final Tuesday in October (and the last day of home entertainment releases prior to Halloween), horror fans have a bunch of great new Blu-rays and DVDs coming out just in time for everyone’s favorite holiday. Scream Factory has given The Exorcist III an HD overhaul (including the original Director’s Cut of the sequel), which is something no genre lover will want to miss out on experiencing. Arrow Video is also keeping busy on October 25th with the release of their impressive 17-disc box set celebrating trailblazing filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, and the recent supernatural thriller Lights Out is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD as well.

Cult film enthusiasts are undoubtedly going to be busy this Tuesday, with Severin Films releasing a 2K version of Burial Ground, Blue Underground showing Lucio Fulci’s Manhattan Baby some love this week, and Vinegar Syndrome giving
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Gore Gore Girls (1972)

There are few absolutes in life, let alone in the world of horror; but this I find to be true: Herschell Gordon Lewis was appreciated in his time. Beloved, actually. Sadly passing away on September 26th, 2016 at the age of 87, he left behind a slew of grindhouse classics encapsulating everything from biker flicks to sex ed pieces. But Hgl will be forever known for a string of unique and groundbreaking horror films including The Gore Gore Girls (1972), his last opus before he took a 30 year sabbatical from filmmaking. And on the Hgl spectrum, it’s one of his best.

If you’re familiar at all with “The Godfather of Gore” (a moniker he wore as a point of pride) but haven’t seen The Gore Gore Girls, the differences between this and say, Blood Feast (1963), his first splatter extravaganza, are minimal. Made for a pittance of 63 grand, Ggg has all
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Herschell Gordon Lewis, the 'Godfather of Gore,' has died

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Herschell Gordon Lewis, the 'Godfather of Gore,' has died
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the so-called "Godfather of Gore" who is widely credited with inventing the "splatter" sub-genre, has died. He was 87. During his brief career as a writer, director and producer of low-budget exploitation films, Lewis achieved infamy with titles like Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs! and The Wizard of Gore, the first of which is generally considered the first "splatter" film and was so reviled by critics on release in 1963 that Variety deemed it "an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences." Nonetheless, the film's boundary-pushing nature made it a huge hit with audiences, leading to a new acceptance of onscreen gore and paving the way for more artful filmmakers like Tobe Hooper, Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. Born June 15, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Lewis earned a master's degree in Journalism at Northwestern University and had a varied early career, working alternately as a college professor, TV commercial director and voiceover artist.
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Herschell Gordon Lewis, Horror’s ‘Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

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Herschell Gordon Lewis, Horror’s ‘Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87
Herschell Gordon Lewis, a horror icon long known as the “Godfather of Gore,” has passed away of unspecified causes at 87. He was best known for innovating the “splatter” subgenre with 1963’s “Blood Feast,” which Lewis made on a $24,500 budget partly as a response to “Psycho” — he wanted to show the act of murder on film in graphic detail, not just the aftermath. Something Weird Video broke the news on Facebook.

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The filmmaker was highly prolific throughout the 1960s and early ’70s, and active in a number of sordid subgenres: nudie-cuties, juvenile-delinquent movies and other exemplars of exploitation cinema. Among his best-known — and most alluringly named — works are “The Wizard of Gore,” “She-Devils on Wheels,” “The Gruesome Twosome” and “Two Thousand Maniacs!”

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Herschell Gordon Lewis, ‘The Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

Herschell Gordon Lewis, ‘The Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87
Horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, known as the “Godfather of Gore” for his bloody exploitation movies that launched the splatter genre in the 1960s with films such as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs,” died Monday at 87.

The Something Weird Video site announced his death.

Blood Feast,” made in 1963 in Miami, was considered to be the horror genre’s first splatter film. Variety called it a “totally inept shocker” that was “an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences,” with a “senseless” screenplay and “amateurish” acting.

His films supplied grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins with titles including “A Taste of Blood,” “The Wizard of Gore,” “The Gruesome Twosome,” “Scum of the Earth!” and “She-Devils on Wheels.”

Beginning in the 1960s, his early films with the late producer David F. Friedman were skewed toward soft-core erotica. Lewis’s other films also took on subjects that were taboo at the
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R.I.P. Herschell Gordon Lewis (1929-2016)

American exploitation filmmaker and the ‘Godfather of Gore’ Herschell Gordon Lewis has passed away aged 87, distributors Something Weird Video have announced on Facebook.

Begginning his career as a producer with 1959’s The Prime Time, Lewis then began directing, releasing a series of erotic “nudies” in the early 1960s before switching to horror for 1963’s Blood Feast, which is considered to be the first “gore” film and ushered in the splatter genre.

Lewis went on to produce a number of low-budget gore films catering to the drive-in market, releasing titles such as Two Thousand Maniacs!, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood, The Gruesome Twosome, The Wizard of Gore and The Gore Gore Girls, as well as venturing into other areas of exploitation film, and even children’s movies.

Having retired from the industry in the early 1970s, Lewis returns in 2002 with the sequel Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat,
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Release Details & Cover Art for The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast Collection, Dark Water (2002) & Vamp Blu-rays

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Bloodsuckers, the water-soaked paranormal, and a Herschell Gordon Lewis film collection are coming out on Blu-ray this October from Arrow Video, and the official special features lists and cover art for The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast collection, Dark Water (2002), and 1986's Vamp tease plenty to enjoy on all three releases:

"Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several new titles in October...

Dark Water [Blu-ray + DVD] (October 11th)

After terrifying audiences worldwide with the blockbuster J-horror classic Ring and its sequel, director Hideo Nakata returned to the genre for Dark Water, another highly atmospheric, and critically acclaimed, tale of the supernatural which took the common theme of the "dead wet girl" to new heights of suspense and drama.

Based upon on a short story by Ring author Koji Suzuki, Dark Water follows Yoshimi, a single mother struggling to win sole custody of her only child, Ikuko.
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Film Review: ‘The Love Witch’

Film Review: ‘The Love Witch’
Anna Biller’s delightful 2007 “Viva” seemed to be the result of many years of exhaustive thrift-store scavenging, at the end of which the writer-director-star at last had every last pair of bell-bottom pants and Naugahyde living-room sets she needed to craft the ultimate satirical homage to late-’60s/early-’70s sexploitation cinema. It’s taken nearly a decade for her to create followup “The Love Witch.” No doubt much of that time was again spent meticulously accruing every tacky bauble of decor and dress necessary to recreate another semi-forgotten subgenre: the early- to mid-’70s occult thriller, in which glam suburban housewives frequently dabbled in black magic, casting spells that invariably went very wrong.

Their floodgates having opened for a while by the success of “Rosemary’s Baby,” such exercises were occasionally major-studio releases (“The Mephisto Waltz,” “The Pyx”), but more often grade B to Z (“Simon King of the Witches,
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Watch the trailer for Hershell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania

The egendary cult director who brought you such classics as Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome, Something Weird, The Wizard Of Gore, Two Thousand Maniacs!, She Devils on Wheels and The Gore Gore Girls returns to the horror genre this year with the anthology film Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania, and Diabolique Films and Hgb Entertainment have released the first poster and trailer, which we have for you here…

BloodMania is a horror anthology comprised of four distinct segments that feature a raucous combination of satirical humor, horror, and enough surprises to satiate the appetites of a broad range of film enthusiasts and horror fans alike.

Hershell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania is set for release later this year.
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Recap of Herschell Gordon Lewis on 'Without Your Head Horror Radio', 12/11/2014

by Vic Schiavone

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Hosts Nasty Neal, Annabelle Lecter, and Terrible Troy welcomed “The Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis. Herschell, along with producer James Saito, participated in a roughly 75-minute interview which centered around the new anthology film “Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Bloodmania”, which is due to be released in Spring 2015.

Highlights included the following:

• Wyh: What made you decide to get back into making films?

Hgl: “This is what I do. I have a good time; I enjoy the business immensely…I feel too many of the movies today are…the word I use is “derivative”. You think you’re watching the same movie over and over and over again. Besides which, they lack a total sense of humor. I think the industry has gone far enough now that that is an element that we can add profitably both from our point of view in getting people to
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Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Day Eleven

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Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.

And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!

Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records

Waxwork Records specializes in releasing horror,
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‘Girl in Gold Boots’ DVD Review (88 Films)

Stars: Jody Daniels, Leslie McRae, Tom Pace, Chris Howard | Written by Art Names, Leighton J. Peatman, John T. Wilson | Directed by Ted V. Mikels

Pardon the blasphemy, but Jesus H. Christ, who the hell decided it would be a good idea to release Ted V. Mikels Worst film on DVD? The bigger question would be why the hell did I decide to even review this film? If it ranks as one of the worst Ted V. Mikels films And one of the worst films ever to grace MST3K (some would say it made for the worst episode of that show too), why would anyone in their right mind give Girl in Gold Boots the time of day?

I asked myself that question throughout each and every painful minute of this film…

I can understand why 88 Films saw fit to release Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Corpse Grinders
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Venice Film Review: ‘Burying the Ex’

Venice Film Review: ‘Burying the Ex’
“He took what could have been B-movie exploitation and made it into arthouse cinema,” gush two Val Lewton enthusiasts at one point in Joe Dante’s comedy-horror doodle “Burying the Ex.” Dante, by contrast, has no such intentions with this of a nerdy horror fanatic (Anton Yelchin) struggling to shake the zombified, zealously clingy corpse of his micromanaging g.f. (Ashley Greene). Unflattering similarities to the recent, superior zom-rom-com “Life After Beth” aren’t the only factor portending a swift interment for this listless return from the beloved director, with VOD the likeliest avenue of access for devoted cultists.

Four years have passed since Dante last came to the Lido with his nifty 3D kids’ adventure “The Hole,” an imperfect effort that nonetheless suggested the alterna-Spielberg of the multiplex had regained some of his energy and invention. His idiosyncrasies have been firmly tamped down, however, in this visually inert new effort,
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Review Round-Up: Blood Orgy in The Longest Week at The Cabin

We’re playing catch-up here on Nerdly – after a busy 2 weeks prepping for and then attending this years Frightfest there’s a number of weekly-release reviews to bring you up to speed on. So here they are, reviews of The Cabin, Blood Orgy of the She Devils and The Longest Week.

The Cabin

Another one of those straight to DVD films that make up 99% of the horror films on sale at supermarkets, with the same generic cover art and shiny slipcase, The Cabin is destined to get mixed up with all the other cabin/lodge/house movies on the market when, in fact, it doesn’t deserve to – this film has little to do with the titular abode and more to do with the main characters bloodline (the original title of the movie) and his relationship with his faith.

The film tells the story of seminary student Brett Ethos (Matt Thompson
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