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Kino Lorber Releases Two Lost Gothic Classics For Summer.

If horror and mystery stories are a regular part of your summer reading, you may want to consider these two classic horror/mystery hybrid films as a companion for a hot night in front of the air conditioner. Kino Lorber is re-releasing excellent adaptations of classic stories from Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, both … Continue reading Kino Lorber Releases Two Lost Gothic Classics For Summer.

A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies

A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph. Print collecting began well before the days of home video. A Thousand Cuts is a collection of interviews with people who collect prints of films. Many of those interviewed follow a similar path from … Continue reading A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies

Found Footage Festival Volume 8 DVD

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL VOL. 8 DVD It’s hard to imagine a time when people watched funny videos without the internet. There was a time when VHS compilations could be bought and traded with friends and like-minded people. Compilation tapes could include all manner of bloopers, strange encounters, home movies, iconic and rare music performances, or … Continue reading Found Footage Festival Volume 8 DVD

John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs released for the first time on DVD & Blu ray

MULTIPLE MANIACS DVD (Criterion Collection) A one-two punch for me in when I was getting more into the movies were proximate screenings of Pink Flamingos (1972) and Pedro Almodóvar’s Pepi, Luci, Bom (1980). I saw both of these at The Key Theater in Georgetown when Georgetown was a little grubbier than it is today. For a teenager, it felt … Continue reading John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs released for the first time on DVD & Blu ray

The Other Greats: The Histrionic Genius of Ray Wise

Ray Wise’s name rarely appears early in the credits. Most often it shows up after a few names have passed. Wise doesn’t often garner top billing. But with a combination of histrionic acting and a smile range from hiding something to downright evil, Wise has the presence to make at least a few people in … Continue reading The Other Greats: The Histrionic Genius of Ray Wise

Nightmares (1983)

Nightmares (1983) Universal Director: Joseph Sargent MCA Home Video The 80s was a great time for low-budget horror anthologies. Creepshow (1982) helped revive the horror anthology going strong in Britain in the early seventies with comic adapted films like Tales from the Crypt (1972) and Vault of Horror (1973). While Creepshow had a one two … Continue reading Nightmares (1983)

Doubling Down–Cape Fear

I can’t tell you how much I love Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1962).  And there is so much to love: Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck, Bernard Herrmann’s score,* the blackness of the lighting, the articulation of the toxicity of a certain type of masculinity, the vacuum that exists without it, the articulation of the anxieties … Continue reading Doubling Down–Cape Fear

Upcoming Screening: Young Frankenstein

The Producers (1968) and Blazing Saddles (1974) honed one of the great Hollywood dream teams. Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder were in top form when Wilder’s pet project Young Frankenstein was due to be shot on a modest budget from a weary studio. The result is one of the greatest comedy spoofs. Dr. Frederick Frankenstein … Continue reading Upcoming Screening: Young Frankenstein