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Below review – Fight Club meets Australian immigration detention in jumbled black comedy

Director’s approach is to maintain one great big poker face in this perplexing and surprisingly low-key film

Making a comedy themed around Australia’s immigration detention system inevitably entails an element of risk, but one can never underestimate the power of well-directed farce or ironic statements. That is what I told myself going into the new Australian film Below, starring Ryan Corr as a detention centre employee who makes a mint from streaming footage of detainees fighting inside a rectangular outdoor cage – which looks vaguely like something from Mad Max or Turkey Shoot.

Going in, I had in my mind something along the lines of the asylum seeker comedy Lucky Miles, which put forward political commentary by invoking the absurdity of various situations – many involving flummoxed characters walking cluelessly across an unforgiving Australian landscape.
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Geezer comedy ‘Never Too Late’ set to roll in South Australia

James Cromwell.

Mark Lamprell’s Never Too Late (formerly The Chain Breakers), a comedy-drama about four heroic Vietnam veterans who plan to break out of their nursing home, will start shooting in South Australia on March 18.

Jack Thompson, James Cromwell, Dennis Waterman and Roy Billing play the quartet, who were famous for escaping from a Vietnamese Pow camp.

Now residents of the Hogan Hills Retirement Home for Returned Veterans, each has an unrealised dream he wants to achieve before it’s too late. They devise a plan to escape but the rules of engagement have changed. Indeed, they can’t even remember what the rules were and that’s half the problem.

Jacki Weaver plays Norma, the long-lost love of Cromwell’s character Bronson, formerly a Us soldier. They met when he was in Australia on R&R but he was posted back to Vietnam before he could propose. Norma’s
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FrightFest Presents Review – Boar (2018)

Boar, 2018.

Directed by Chris Sun.

Starring Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, John Jarratt, Christie-Lee Britten, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Simone Buchanan, and Ernie Dingo.

Synopsis:

A giant wild pig roams the Outback killing everyone it comes across.

B-movie creature features are two-a-penny these days, what with cheap CGI technology and the ability to make a movie with nothing more than a camera phone and half an idea, but somewhere between the too-self-aware-for-its-own-good nonsense of Sharknado and the bigger budget polished studio fare like Kong: Skull Island there dwells the likes of Boar, and you can pretty much guess what this one is about.

In fact, you can pretty much guess how the whole movie plays out as Boar doesn’t deviate from your standard monster/slasher movie structure in the slightest, which doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing if you can pepper your story with interesting or fun characters and Boar,
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Carmen Duncan Dead at 76

Former Another World actress Carmen Duncan passed away on February 3 after battling cancer for years. She was 76.

Duncan was born on July 7, 1942, in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. She graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Nida) in Sydney in 1961.

Her career included films such as Harlequin (1980) and Turkey Shoot, as well as staples of Australian television, such as You Can't See 'Round Corners, the cop shows Division 4 and Homicide, soap opera Number 96, and television classics such as The Young Doctors and Skyways.

Duncan was nominated for an Australian Film Institute (AFI) award in 1980 for her work in Harlequin. But it was on television where Duncan perfected the art of playing sophisticated, independent and successful women.

In the 1980s Duncan moved to the United States and conquered the world of daytime television, securing the role of businesswoman Iris Carrington Wheeler in the long-running soap opera Another World.
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January 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Under The Shadow, Dead Of Winter

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For the second week of January, horror and sci-fi fans have another relatively quiet week of home entertainment releases to look forward to this Tuesday. Scream Factory has given the underrated thriller Dead of Winter an HD overhaul on their upcoming Blu-ray, and Severin Films is resurrecting the cult classic The Survivor with a brand new 2K transfer.

Other releases for January 10th include Under the Shadow, B.C. Butcher, The Harrow, The Summoning, and the double feature Blu-ray of Crystal Lake Memories and Never Sleep Again.

Dead of Winter (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)

Katie McGovern will do anything to make it as an actress…even if it kills her.

Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen* and Roddy McDowell star in the chilling Dead Of Winter. When struggling actress Katie (Steenburgen) is offered the opportunity to replace an actress who has suffered an emotional breakdown during a film shoot, she jumps at
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Daily Dead’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaways: Day 9 – Horror Lego Figures, Arrow Video, Last Shirt on the Left, Monster High & More!

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Welcome back for Day 9 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 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. For today’s gift guide, we’re showcasing several of the amazing Arrow Video releases of 2016, and we're also featuring the work of IBTrav Illustration & Design, the Mondo soundtrack release for Deathgasm, more enamel pins, a book celebrating Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Horror LEGOs, recent Monster High releases, and so much more!

This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is 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 get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently
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DVD Review – Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxvii

Brad Cook reviews Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Xxxvii…

When I reviewed MST3K Volume Xxxv, I noted that you could divide Shout! Factory’s releases of the TV series episodes into the “good” and “great” categories. Volume Xxxv fell in the former category, as does the latest one, Volume Xxxvii (I skipped Volume Xxxvi). It’s certainly a worthwhile purchase for completists, but the bonus features didn’t quite hit the heights established by some previous entries in this series.

Here’s what you’ll find in this collection:

Invasion of the Neptune Men: This eighth season episode features a 1961 Japanese science-fiction movie that was later shown on American TV. It’s a great example of the nuances that exist when someone talks about a bad movie. Sure, there are bad movies like Plan 9 From Outer Space that are just ineptly made, but then there are bad
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Monster Fest announces final films for 2016 festival

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Australia’s premier genre festival – Monster Fest – has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films Dog Eat Dog and The Hollow Point from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback The Windmill Massacre (reviewed here), the hometown premiere of epic period western The Legend of Ben Hall with cast in person and acclaimed Tiff selections Prevenge and Interchange alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller Safe Neighbourhood and the devastating – and polarizing – Playground.

From the press release:

Select panels for the Swinburne University
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Horror Highlights: Shining In The Dark Anthology, The Similars, Monster Fest 2016, The Orphanage, Gremlin

Edited by Hans-Åke Lilja, Shining in the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library is exclusive to Cemetery Dance Publications and will feature a Stephen King story that hasn't been released since 1981. We also have updated release details for The Similars, the final wave of films announced at Monster Fest 2016, six photos / details for The Orphanage video game, and a new trailer for Gremlin.

Cemetery Dance Publications' Shining in the Dark Anthology: From Cemetery Dance: "Shining In the Dark: Celebrating Twenty Years of Lilja's Library edited by Hans-Åke Lilja.

About the Book:

Hans-Ake Lilja, the founder of Lilja's Library, has compiled a brand new anthology of horror stories to help celebrate twenty years of running the #1 Stephen King news website on the web!

This anthology includes both original stories like the brand new novella by John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In) very rare reprints like "The Blue Air
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Blu-ray Review: Dead End Drive-in, Punks, Classic Cars and Explosions From Brian Trenchard-Smith

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith is a giant among men when it comes to exploitation cinema. The director, a British transplant to the Land of Oz, is responsible for some of the most incredible examples of Ozploitation that the island has to offer.  Among his contributions to cinematic ignominy are the insanely over-the-top post-apocalyptic action bacchanal Turkey Shoot, the extremely vivid BMXploitation king BMX Bandits (starring a very young Nicole Kidman), and the crazy combination of rock 'n roll and death-defying stunts, Stunt Rock. However, the film that is perhaps my favorite Brian Trenchard-Smith (Bts) project is the punks-gone-wild bonanza, Dead End Drive-In. In the film, naturally set after the world's economy has collapsed and Australia has turned to martial law, society's undesirables are lured to the...

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September 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Beware! The Blob, Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Edition

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The third week of September has a lot of fantastic horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings coming our way, including an incredible pair of Criterion Blu-ray releases—Cat People (1942) and Blood Simple—as well as the 30th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth and the Special Edition of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s Dead End Drive-In. Other notable titles being released on September 20th include the horror doc The Blackout Experiments (which premiered earlier this year at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival), Sacrifice, The Rift (1990), Beware! The Blob, and a Blu-ray set featuring all kinds of Twin Peaks goodness.

Beware! The Blob (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

Newly Re-mastered in HD! The Blob returns... more outrageous than ever in this 1972 sequel to the popular sci-fi classic! Plenty of familiar faces, including Robert Walker Jr. (Ensign Pulver), Larry Hagman (Dallas), Sid Haig (Busting), Burgess Meredith (Rocky), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Godfrey Cambridge
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[DVD Review] ‘Body Melt’ is a Satirical Slapstick Splatter Fest!

[DVD Review] ‘Body Melt’ is a Satirical Slapstick Splatter Fest!
When it comes to Australian genre films, or Ozploitation as they’re so often referred, I’m very much a novice. Yeah, I’ve seen all the Mad Max films and I’m a huge fan of Brian Trenchard-Smith (read my reviews of Turkey Shoot and The Siege of Firebase Gloria) but basically that’s where my knowledge ends. Fortunately Umbrella Entertainment […]
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Turkey Shoot (1982)

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Dystopia! What a place to be. Well, except when people are mulched to feed an over populated society (Soylent Green) or killed at the age of 30 to control it (Logan’s Run); and in the case of Turkey Shoot (1982), hunted for sport by society’s elite. Come to think of it, Dystopia is kind of a bummer.

Released in its native Australia in October, Turkey Shoot wouldn’t see the light of day in the U.S. until September of ’83 under the title Escape 2000. Both titles work; the former playing into the more lurid elements, while the latter highlights the cut rate sci-fi angle. And it’s the swirling combination of the two that gives this sucker its punch. Turkey Shoot is A class exploitation with a down under smile.

Travel with me to the near future of 1995. (The “near future”, in filmmaking terms, means the viewer is treated
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Germany's Immigration Game Proposes A New Running Man For The Current Age

German actor and stunt performer Mathis Landwehr has been on the radar in these parts for years now, ranking - in our opinion, at least - as one of the world's most underrated screen fighters. And he takes a dual role in upcoming German low budget indie Immigration Game, serving as both lead actor and producer in a film that seems to be channeling The Running Man and Turkey Shoot through today's political realities. ‘Immigration Game’ is set in an alternate 2016. Germany refuses to receive any more refugees. The only way to obtain a residence permit is to participate in the popular Internet and television show ‘Immigration Game’. Whoever participates as a ‘Runner’ in ‘Immigration Game’ will be abandoned on the outskirts of Berlin...

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Brian Trenchard Smith Fans Rejoice – ‘The Man from Hong Kong’ is Coming to Blu-ray!

Brian Trenchard Smith Fans Rejoice – ‘The Man from Hong Kong’ is Coming to Blu-ray!
I’ve written about Brian Trenchard-Smith a number of times here on Bloody Disgusting. The BMX Bandits director is undoubtedly one of my favorites and one of the most underrated directors around. Slowly but surely I think more folks have started realizing just how talented Bts is. Last year two of his films, Turkey Shoot and The Seige of Firebase Gloria, made the […]
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Turkey Shoot

Brian Trenchard-Smith’s 1982 actioner is an exploitation riff on 1932’s The Most Dangerous Game featuring a cast made in mondo heaven including Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey and Michael Craig (Harryhausen’s Mysterious Island). Brian’s claims for the film as a satire can be borne out by its British release title, Blood Camp Thatcher, a back-handed salute to the steely Prime Minister.
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The Man from Hong Kong rewatched – chopsocky fun at a cracking pace

During the filming of Australia’s first martial arts movie, director Brian Trenchard-Smith set himself on fire to prove a point. Starring Jimmy Wang Yu and George Lazenby, the Man from Hong Kong holds up well

The song jazzing up the opening credits of the director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s highly energetic 1975 action movie The Man from Hong Kong is British pop group Jigsaw’s disco tune Sky High. The chorus crescendos with the words “you’ve blown it all sky high,” which might as well be an anthem for the film-maker’s colourful career – forged in the fire of SFX-laden genre pics of the ’70s and ’80s, including Turkey Shoot, Dead End Drive-In and Stunt Rock.

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Turkey Shoot rewatched – video-game carnage in a dystopian future

Before The Hunger Games there was this world-gone-wrong story of a chaotic tournament of death, directed by Ozploitation maverick Brian Trenchard-Smith

The success of The Hunger Games franchise brought new interest in stories set in dystopian future worlds where average Joes and Janes are forced by wicked authoritarian governments into deadly head-to-head combat. Some wags dubbed the adventures of Katniss and co “Battle Royale with cheese” – a reference to Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku’s conceptually similar 2001 cult classic about violent feuding teenagers, and the novel it was based on.

But director and Ozploitation maverick Brian Trenchard-Smith cracked open the genre many moons before the dour-faced Hunger Games heroine fired her first arrow or Fukasaku armed a class of ninth graders. Chaotic tournament of death extravaganza Turkey Shoot (first released in 1982) is a world-gone-wrong story of “social deviants” who fight to survive in a horrible game where they are hunted and killed for sport.
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New book tackles film illiteracy

Antony I. Ginnane has long been concerned about what he regards as a high level of film illiteracy among many writers, producers and directors, both established and emerging.

And the veteran producer/distributor believes that even among those filmmakers who are steeped in screen history, some have little or no knowledge of the countless classic films produced in the decades before the 1970s.

That.s part of the motivation for Ginnane.s new book, The Unusual Suspects: 104 Films That Made World Cinema, which Currency Press is launching next month.

His eclectic choices range from D.W. Griffith.s Way Down East (1920) through to Quentin Tarantino.s Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003).

Omitting any title produced after 2003, he explains, does not suggest that no great films had been made since then, but rather that the grammar of cinema had already been laid down.

He is quick to point out his list, which includes Alfred Hitchcock.s Vertigo,
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‘Elimination Game’ Review

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Stars: Dominic Purcell, Viva Bianca, Robert Taylor, Belinda McClory, Nicholas Hammond, Carmen Duncan, Roger Ward, Suzannah McDonald, Juan Jackson, Stephen Phillips, Glenn Maynard | Written by Jon Hewitt, Belinda McClory | Directed by Jon Hewitt

After a civilian massacre in a foreign war zone, Navy Seal Rick Tyler (Dominic Purcell), is falsely imprisoned for the crime. But Rick is offered the chance of freedom – all he has to do is enter and survive a deadly game show, which pits him against some of the world’s most ruthless killers in a series of brutal locations. The rules are simple: kill or be killed. Can Rick survive the game, win his freedom and find out why he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit?

See that title at the top of this review. Forget it. This is Not Elimination Game. It’s not some straight to DVD knock off of The Running Man,
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