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This Day in Horror: Happy Birthday Robert Picardo

Today in 1953, Robert Picardo was born. Picardo’s first feature role was the star of Joe Dante’s The Howling, where he played Eddie Quist, the serial killer/werewolf. He went on to roles in most of Dante’s films, including The Burbs, Matinee, and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. You may not recognize him under layers of latex, but Picardo played […]

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Untold Horror Announces November 30th 3D Screening of The Hole at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre, John Landis to Host Q&A with Joe Dante

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Filmmaker Joe Dante is cherished in the horror community for his wonderful work on films such as Gremlins, The Howling, and The ’Burbs, but perhaps one of his more under-seen (and recent) movies is The Hole. Through their multi-media brand Untold Horror, Dave Alexander and Mark Pollesel are looking to change that by celebrating Dante's 2009 fantasy horror film with a 3D screening at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, November 30th, including a Q&A with Dante hosted by fellow filmmaker John Landis.

For more information, visit Fandango and Tcl Chinese Theatre online, and read on for the full announcement of The Hole screening and Q&A, which is expected to be the first of multiple Untold Horror events.

From the Press Release: Hollywood, CA - A rare 3-D screening of Joe Dante’s 2009 young adult horror classic The Hole will be held on November 30, 2018, at Hollywood’s legendary Tcl Chinese Theatre.
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Joe Dante’S 3D Ace In The Hole

Trailers From Hell readers, as well as all film fans in the Los Angeles area, are getting a special treat this coming Friday evening, when Joe Dante’s marvelous 2010 3D thriller The Hole screens at the Tcl Chinese Theaters.

The event marks the official launch of the new multimedia brand Untold Horror which, according to the project’s press release, “was conceived as a brand dedicated to answering the question that genre fans often ask: ‘Whatever happened to that movie?’ The documentary series will explore the tantalizing projects that were announced but died in development hell, uncover the compelling unannounced projects by our favorite artists that fans have never heard about, and discover just what it would take to bring some of them back to life.”

All of which makes The Hole a perfect jewel with which to introduce a project with such a trajectory, being itself a movie which was highly anticipated,
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Horror Business: Joe Dante on the Hustle of Horror Filmmaking

Joe Dante is a man who needs no introduction. Perhaps best known by our kind for Gremlins and The Howling, Joe Dante’s filmography spans from the 70’s with his directorial debut, Piranha, under Roger Corman, (fun fact: Piranha 2 was directed by James Cameron and also his first movie) to The Explorers, Innerspace, The Burbs, Matinee, Small Soldiers, and many more including my favorite segment […]

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John Goodman to Receive The Lifetime Achievement Award at This Year’s St. Louis International Film Festival

The 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff) — held Nov. 1-11 — will honor native St. Louisan John Goodman with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program that will include a clip reel of the actor’s career highlights, a conversation betwen Goodman and John Carney of Ktrs (550 Am), and a screening of “The Big Lebowski” on the occasion of its 20th anniversary. The program will take place at 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 2, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Tickets for the event are $25 and go on sale through the Tivoli website on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Goodman grew up in Affton and graduated in 1975 from Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, Mo. He soon moved to New York City to begin his acting career. On Broadway, from 1985-87, Goodman starred as Pap Finn in Roger Miller’s musical take on Mark Twain, winning a Drama Desk nomination.
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Morning and noon shows of Nayanthara's 'Imaikkaa Nodigal' cancelled

KollywoodThe reason seems to be financial disputes, but the film is likely to release in the evening.Tnm StaffNayanthara’s second release of this month, Imaikkaa Nodigal, directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu and produced by Cameo Films' Cj Jayakumar, was scheduled to hit the screens on Thursday, August 30. With tickets booked, eager fans from Tamil Nadu were disappointed to learn that the film’s morning and noon shows were cancelled in theatres across the state. The reason seems to be the financial disputes between the producer and rights holders. The film’s Kdm (Key Delivery Message) was not issued to start digital screening in theatres. A few theatres had announced that they’ll be playing Nayanthara’s Kolamaavu Kokila instead to compensate the already booked shows Many screens in Chengalpet area cancel #ImaikkaaNodigal Noon Show, as ‘financial settlements ‘ are still going on, may start from Matinee shows.
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Exclusive Interview: Joe Dante Talks Nightmare Cinema And His Career Highlights

The name Joe Dante should definitely be familiar to all of us who grew up in the eighties and beyond. He not only became a sensation when he directed films like The Howling and Gremlins, but Dante became a name synonymous with a comedic bite that helped shape many facets of cinema, including horror and the blockbuster.

Growing up as a kid from New Jersey who fell in love with the big screen, he went on to work with the legendary low budget producing magnate Roger Corman. Along with other filmmakers who became successful, he began to make a name for himself with projects including Hollywood Boulevard and the now forty-year-old homage to Jaws with deadly flesh-eating fish, Pirahna. His list of work is varied and all have a voice of their own, including Explorers, The Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins 2, Innerspace, The ‘Burbs, Matinee, Small Soldiers and his acclaimed Masters of Horror episodes.
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The Sandlot Turns 25 and Is Back in Theaters — Where's the Cast Now?

The Sandlot Turns 25 and Is Back in Theaters — Where's the Cast Now?
The Sandlot is already 25 years old? You’re killing me, Smalls!

It’s hard to believe that the beloved coming-of-age baseball classic is two and a half decades old, but to celebrate the occasion, the film is coming back to select theaters and People sat down with the cast to reminisce about making the film and what the former child actors are up to now.

Tom Guiry (Scotty Smalls)

Guiry, 36, made his big screen debut as the film’s greenest ball player, Scotty Smalls. He’s had small roles in TV and film (like: Lassie, Black Hawk Down, Mystic River,
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March 20th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition, The Church, Rockula

March 20th’s horror and sci-fi home media releases are an eclectic bunch, Shout Select’s Collector’s Edition of The ’Burbs and the new Blu-ray of Michele Soavi's The Church leading the pack. Arrow Video has put together a stunning release of Robert Altman’s Images that fans will definitely want to pick up, and for those of you who enjoy the work of Takashi Miike, Well Go USA has put together a remastered edition of Ichi the Killer that you’ll want to nab as well.

Kino Lorber has resurrected Offerings on Blu-ray, and Scream Factory has a pair of cult classics—Rockula and Nightmare at Noon—that are also enjoying a brand new HD overhaul as well. Other notable releases for March 20th include Delirium, Caged, Still/Born and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (which I’d call something of a family fantasy/adventure hybrid, so
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The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Bonus Features Announced, Including New Interview with Joe Dante

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"He's a man of peace in a savage land... suburbia." Soon after releasing Matinee on a Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Shout Select will give another Joe Dante film the same royal treatment with their new Blu-ray release of The ’Burbs, and we have a look at the final list of bonus features, including a new interview with Dante himself.

The ’Burbs Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be released on March 20th with a fresh 2K scan of the interpositive, and you can read the full list of special features below. Will you be adding this new release of the beloved Tom Hanks film to your home media collection?

From Shout Select: "We are very excited to annouce the final list of bonus features for The 'Burbs (Colector's Edition)!

Out March 20th, you can pre-order now at:

- New 2017 2K Scan Of The Interpositive

- New Interviews With Director Joe Dante,
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January 16th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Happy Death Day, Eye Of The Cat, Blade Runner 2049

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Welcome back for another week of horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, readers! January 16th features plenty of intriguing offerings, from cult classics to sequels of cult classics to even a few recent films as well. If you happened to miss Blade Runner 2049, Happy Death Day, or The Snowman in theaters, all three are making their way home this Tuesday. Severin Films has put together The Amicus Collection (which features Asylum, And Now The Screaming Starts and The Beast Must Die), and Scream Factory is giving Eye of the Cat the Blu-ray treatment as well.

Beyond Skyline is also coming to Blu on January 16th, and for all you Joe Dante fans out there, Shout Select has put together a Collector’s Edition release of Matinee that looks like it’s a must-have.

The Amicus Collection (Severin Films, Blu-ray)

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, the British film
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The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Coming in March 2018 from Shout Select

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"He's a man of peace in a savage land... suburbia." After taking us to Innerspace, Joe Dante took a trip to a seemingly safe neighborhood in The ’Burbs. Starring Tom Hanks and a stellar supporting cast, the beloved dark comedy has previously been released on DVD and Blu-ray, but Shout Select has now announced that they'll be bringing it to home media like never before in a Collector's Edition Blu-ray in early 2018.

Announced by Shout Select on Facebook, The ’Burbs Collector's Edition Blu-ray will be released on March 20th, 2018. Although special features have yet to be revealed, Shout Select promises that this Collector's Edition will be brimming with bonus features, so fans can likely look forward to new content not found on previous releases.

You can check out the official announcement and new cover art below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates. Will you be adding The
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Joe Dante’s Matinee Starring John Goodman Blu-ray Special Features Announced!

One of my favorite childhood movies was director Joe Dante’s Matinee starring John Goodman. I watched the flick all the time and still make sure to give it a peep as often as I can. In fact, I just rewatched the movie last month. Still holds up too! As I’ve grown up and watched more horror […]

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Shout Select Reveals Final Bonus Features for Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Joe Dante’s Matinee

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John Goodman channels his inner William Castle to put on the ultimate creature feature screening in Joe Dante's Matinee, and ahead of the film's Collector's Edition Blu-ray release from Shout Select in January, the final list of bonus features have been revealed, including a new interview with Dante and much more:

From Shout Select: "We are very happy to announce the final list of bonus features for Matinee (Collector's Edition), out January 9! Pre-order now at:

- New "Master of the Matinee" – interview with director Joe Dante

- New "The Leading Lady" – an interview with Cathy Moriarty

- New "MANTastic!" The Making of a Mant

- New "Out of the Bunker" – an interview with actress Lisa Jakub

- New "Making a Monster Theatre" – an interview with production designer Steven Legler

- New "The Monster Mix" - an interview with editor Marshall Harvey

- New "Lights! Camera!
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Hypnotic Chill! Monster Thrill!

This short article is in the spirit of the crowded ad-mat advertising blurbs that, once upon a time, would show up in the newspaper for horror related features. The particular composite above is a fantasy, but since all films back then were for General Audiences, a stack like it is entirely credible. Here, it’s an excuse for a trio of personal Savant anecdotes, vividly remembered from fifty-odd years ago.

Not Bad! Charlie Largent assembled this convincing triple bill ad paste-up,

customized for San Bernardino in 1964.

Don’t listen to Gen X’ers or Millennials, kids: the Real era to be an adolescent moviegoer was in the 1950s and 1960s, when downtown movie palaces had regular Saturday kiddie matinees, just as seen in the nostalgic Joe Dante movie. Theaters in most towns functioned as ad hoc babysitters, with kids dropped off in clumps. In many cases the oldest squab in
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Celebrate Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies at the Genesis Cinema in November

To celebrate the upcoming release of Owen Michael Johnson’s (Beast Wagon) graphic novel Reel Love, a collaboration between the Genesis Cinema and also the publisher Unbound will see a special one-day event, titled Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies take place on the 4th November. Not only will some classic films be shown, but they will be the opportunity to get hold of exclusive posters and attend comic book workshops too.

Reel Love: A Day of Movies About Movies is a one-day event screening films about the movie business: from projectors to production hell to popcorn, the day is an affectionate celebration of the art of making movies and includes Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.

A £15 ticket day-pass covers all the screenings and events of this special day, including to an
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The Wonderful Worlds Of Ray Harryhausen, Volume One: 1955-1960

Since the early days of home video Ray Harryhausen’s films have been a lightning rod for companies eager to one-up the competition with bigger and brighter releases of the beloved animator’s work. Located in the UK, Powerhouse/Indicator is the latest to jump on the bandwagon with lavishly appointed blu ray sets each featuring three of his films. Though all these movies have been previously released through other companies, Powerhouse has upped the ante with fresh transfers and a broad slate of new extras.

The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Vol. One: 1955-1960

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2001 / 1:85 / Street Date September 25, 2017

Starring Kenneth Tobey, William Hopper, Kerwin Matthews

Cinematography: Henry Freulich, Irving Lippman, Carlo Ventimiglia, Wilkie Cooper

Film Editor: Jerome Thoms, Edwin H. Bryant, Raymond Poulton

Produced by Sam Katzman, Charles H. Schneer

Music: Mischa Bakaleinikoff, Bernard Herrmann

Directed by Robert Gordon, Nathan Juran, Jack Sher

It Came from Beneath the Sea
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Flipper Season One

Back in 1964 a lot of people still thought dolphins were fish, but by the time this TV show was finished, we all knew that our happy undersea friend was smarter than the average bear and lives in a world full of wonder. Ivan Tors’ grandly successful Florida-shot family show kept a lot of seagoing movie veterans in green seaweed, including both original ‘Creature’ Gill Men.

Flipper, Season One


Olive Films

1964-65 / Color / 1:33 flat TV / 780 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / available through the Olive Films website / 39.95

Starring: Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden.

Cinematography: Clifford H. Poland Jr., Lamar Boren

Original Music: Henry Vars, song by

Written by: Jack Cowden, Ricou Browning, Peter L. Dixon, Laird Koenig, Stanley H. Silverman, Orville H. Hampton, Lee Erwin, Art Arthur, Jess Carneol, Key Lenard, Ivan Tors, Alan Caillou, Arthur Richards, Robert Sabaroff.

Produced by Ivan Tors, Ricou Browning, Leon Benson, Andrew Marton

Directed by: Ricou Browning,
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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.
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The Man from Planet X

The first visitor from outer space in the ’50s sci-fi boom is one very curious guy, dropping to Earth in a ship like a diving bell and scaring the bejesus out of Sally Field’s mother. Micro-budgeted space invasion fantasy gets off to a great start, thanks to the filmmaking genius of our old pal Edgar G. Ulmer.

The Man from Planet X


Scream Factory / Shout! Factory

1951 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 71 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / 27.99

Starring: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, William Schallert, Roy Engel, David Ormont.

Cinematography: John L. Russell

Film Editor: Fred R. Feitshans, Jr.

Original Music: Charles Koff

Written and Produced by Aubrey Wisberg, Jack Pollexfen

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

One of the first features of the 1950s Sci-Fi boom, 1951’s The Man from Planet X set a lot of precedents, cementing the public impression of ‘little green men from Mars’ and
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