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Drive-In Dust Offs: Sweet Sixteen (1983)

From the ‘70s on calendar horror was all the rage with the slasher crowd; Black Christmas begat Halloween which gave us Friday the 13th and on and on, a red ‘X’ flooding the dates throughout the year. Of course we can’t forget birthdays either, so after Happy Birthday to Me we were offered Sweet Sixteen (1983), an interesting, sometimes icky film that leans closer to murder mystery than it does slasher.

Released in mid September by Century International, Sweet Sixteen got lost amid the masked mutilators and supernatural shenanigans of the day, but that shouldn’t deter any ardent fan of the era and those seeking a horror film grounded in story more than exploitation – depending on how it’s viewed.

The story of Sweet Sixteen has an air of Choose Your Own Adventure about it depending on which version you watch – the theatrical cut or the director’s cut.
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Horror Highlights: Exhumed Films’ 35mm Marathon, Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Godzilla Faq, Ghastlies, Mountain Fever

Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.

Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!

Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema.
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May 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rings, Beyond The Gates, Virus

The first week of May has some really stellar home entertainment offerings that genre fans will undoubtedly want to add to their personal collections. Jackson Stewart’s wickedly fun Beyond the Gates makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and for those who missed it in theaters earlier this year, Rings arrives on both formats as well. Scream Factory is also giving the sci-fi thriller Virus a brand new HD release, and for those who have been on the lookout for the recent indie horror flick, The Barn, you can now grab the movie on Amazon.

Other notable releases for May 2nd include Camino, Fear, Inc., The Naked Cage, The Windmill, Tunnel, and The Hexecutioners.

Beyond the Gates (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?

After their father’s unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers (responsible
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‘Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine’ Review

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Stars: Casper Van Dien, James Lew, Brit Laree, Mark Steven Grove, Sara N. Salazar, Sarah Sansoni, Adam Lipsius, Andy Hankins, Nico Feula, Tyler Weaver Jr., Kevin Sean Ryan, Cynthia Rothrock | Written and Directed by Mark Steven Grove

Mercenary Saber Raine (Casper Van Dien) is hired to guide three elite soldiers on a rescue mission to recover a prince and princess who have been abducted from their home world. The trail leads Saber and his allies to a planet deep within uncharted space that is inhabited by strange creatures, marauders, mercenaries and alien outcasts. The planet is run by Sinjin, a sinister overlord freed from a cryogenic chamber that was his prison for many centuries, who is now in league with the Quintari – a malevolent insectoid race known throughout the galaxy as the scourge. In possession of a powerful new energy source, Sinjin plots his revenge on the descendants of those
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Canadian Cult Cinema: The Overlooked & Underrated

You love the horror, suspense thriller, action and science fiction films that make up the world of Canadian cult cinema affectionately known as Canuxploitation.

You’ve watched the entire David Cronenberg genre filmography (if not, please do so now as The Brood, Scanners and The Fly are three of the greatest horror films ever made).

You’ve seen Black Christmas and The Changeling and watched a slasher-ific marathon of Prom Night, Terror Train, Happy Birthday to Me and My Bloody Valentine.

You caught up with Cube, the Ginger Snaps series, Splice, Hobo with a Shotgun and WolfCop all while keeping close tabs on the works of Astron-6.

Yet your hunger for Canadian genre film productions and co-productions cannot be satiated.

To aid you in your deeper exploration of the field, following is a chronological look at a number of Canadian genre films that simply don’t get enough attention.

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The Groundstar Conspiracy
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Interview: Michael Ironside About Sundance Selection Turbo Kid

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Michael Ironside is one of the most recognized faces among genre fans. He’s become known as the fearsome baddie who gives everyone’s hero a run for their money. Among his 229 film credits, many of those include appearances in sci-fi and horror productions like Scanners, Total Recall, Highlander II: The Quickening, Terminator Salvation, and many more.

The Canada-born actor has also racked up a number of roles in mainstream Hollywood fare. He starred in Top Gun, The Next Karate Kid, Free Willy, and others. His many appearances on television include, ER, The A-Team, V, SeaQuest 2032, Vegas, Community, and many more.

One of Ironside’s latest projects was an apocalyptic sci-fi gore fest entitled Turbo Kid. He plays the sadistic and self-proclaimed leader of the Wasteland named Zeus. The movie revolves around the Kid, a young solitary scavenger obsessed with comic books that must face his fears and become
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The painful what-if that haunts 'Ghostbuster' Ernie Hudson

The painful what-if that haunts 'Ghostbuster' Ernie Hudson
Ghostbusters has been an undeniable highlight in Ernie Hudson's long, varied, and still-rolling career. But the experience of playing Winston Zeddemore—the fourth Ghostbuster, for lack of a better title—is also riddled with complicated emotions. Co-starring in one of the greatest comedies in movie history gave Hudson cinematic immortality—but it also lingers in his mind as a painful what-if. On the film's 30th anniversary, the 68-year-old actor writes about his bittersweet relationship with a beloved franchise. I look back on Ghostbusters in a very fun way, but it's got so many mixed feelings and emotions attached to it.
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Interview: Michael Ironside (Extraterrestrial)

It goes without saying that Michael Ironside is a genre icon of the highest order. He’s been entertaining audiences worldwide for years now with his indelibly menacing voice in hundreds of films and TV shows and shows no sign of slowing down. He’s appeared in memorable films like Scanners (1981), Visiting Hours (1982), Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone (1983), Extreme Prejudice (1987), Watchers (1988), Total Recall (1990), Free Willy (1993), Starship Troopers … Continue reading →

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Siskel, Ebert, Simon, 'Star Wars'

I found this following video on Reddit in which Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert and film critic John Simon discuss Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi on Nightline with a much younger Ted Koppel. It's a fascinating little back and forth and particularly interesting once Siskel mentions another film, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, which he goes on to say "was shot in 3-D and is supposed to be kind of special. The Jedi film is in 2-D, and it's a lot more exciting." I'd never heard of Spacehunter, but it's nice to know 30 years later and the conversation hasn't changed a bit. It's unfortunate we can't hear these three debate the prequels.
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The top 25 cult film actors

They may not be household names like their A-list colleagues, but the actors on this list have appeared in some of our all-time favourite geek movies...

Some actors dabble in sci-fi; others dip their toe into fantasy; some may even make an appearance in the odd horror film - all before returning to the safety of the genres in which they feel more comfortable - perhaps a nice, award-chasing period drama, or a well-paid romantic comedy.

A-listers may see the geeky films that we on this site enjoy and celebrate as fun little side-projects, but there are actors out there who commit full-time to these types of movies. It is high time, therefore, that we credited these individuals with the recognition they deserve.

Besides the stipulation that, in order to be included, an actor had to still be alive and working today, there were no strict criteria that had to
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Michael Ironside and the evolution of his missing body parts

One of the all-time great screen villains, Michael Ironside also has a tendency to lose body parts. Phil celebrates the Laurence Olivier of the missing limb...

If there is one thing guaranteed to get me to watch a film, regardless of my mood or the movie’s reputation, it would be the sentence, “It’s got Michael Ironside in it”. I’m just a huge fan, and have loved his work ever since I first saw the original V TV mini-series one balmy childhood summer while I was staying at my Auntie Anne's.

As Ham Tyler, the leather jacketed ex-cia agent who becomes an instrumental figure in the Los Angeles Resistance movement, Ironside seemed to dominate every scene he was in, and what impressed me most about his zero tolerance approach to the alien visitors was that here was a good guy who looked and sounded like a bad guy.
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No Blood and Boobs This Thanksgiving: Piranha 3Dd is Pulled, And Why That’s a Bad Thing

You know, it was difficult writing a headline for this article and not veering into some tasteless, inappropriate pun. After all, breasts and thighs are part of everyone’s Thanksgiving feast and they played a big role in last year’s Piranha 3D. So, unless it was changed by the powers that be, consider my headline an attempt at discretion.

But it’s hard not to talk about the two B’s when discussing Piranha 3Dd. After all, Alexandra Aja’s reboot of the Corman classic featured lots of blood, including a stunning 20-minute attack by the killer fish on a bunch of spring breakers that had to push the limits of the MPAA’s tolerance, especially when Aja added into the mix several prolonged scenes of naked women.

While female viewers didn’t get a lot to appreciate in the way of male nudity, you can’t say Aja
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Top 12 Sci-fi Properties that Would Make Excellent TV Series

Enemy Mine is just one of 12 other sci-fi properties that would make a great TV series

Firefly: the Animated Series - Firefly is arguably the greatest form of cult classic awesomeness my Generation Y can boast. After one season the show was canceled by Fox but later wrapped up in a polarizing film, Serenity, that arguably is the best sci-fi film of the last 12 years previous to Abrams’ Star Trek. Now after seeing some cool art it is easy to imagine this space western as an animated series. How cool would it be to see Whedon’s universe expand on a cartoon canvas? How cool would it be to get Adam Baldwin and Nathan Fillion to voice Mal and Jayne? Hell even Alan Tudyk voicing Wash. A Firefly animated series is something I would love and many would want.

The Last Starfighter – How about rebooting this 80′s staple as a TV series?
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11 films and TV shows that tried to be Star Wars

The success of Star Wars inspired a legion of similarly themed rip-offs. Here, Rob salutes some of the best and worst…

1977 was a big year for sci-fi, given that it's when George Lucas first gave the world Star Wars. And while it's been said that George himself 'borrowed' from a lot of other films to make the original trilogy (and from a lot of poor computer games for the latter ones), there were those who jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon at the time and tried, no matter what the quality, to give us more space opera fun.

Here, then, we salute 11 films and TV shows that tried to be another Star Wars....

Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

How can Star Trek copy Star Wars? Well, for the first outing on the big screen for Trek, the premise was a big, galactic cerebral space epic, filled with more high-brow
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Are You Sick of 3D?

Are You Sick of 3D?
Back in the early 1950s, 3D movies became popular for a while. Titles like Creature from the Black Lagoon and Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder turned up and I'm sure some pundits began to see it as the way of the future. And people were really excited for a while, until too many of them started complaining of headaches and the fad fizzled out. But before that could happen, a one-eyed director named Andre de Toth made a little horror movie called House of Wax (1953), starring Vincent Price. It was the one movie that really used the three dimensions to interesting effect (ironic, given that de Toth could only see in two dimensions). Some called it the greatest 3D movie ever made.

The trend came back for a while in the early 1980s, with titles like Comin' at Ya!, Jaws 3-D, Friday the 13th Part 3, Amityville 3-D, and
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Horror at the Oscars 3: The Spawning

After the Academy’s attempt at honoring genre during the live show, we saw a real tribute to horror by someone who is truly one of our own. Bob Murawski thanked Sam Raimi for giving him his “first cutting job” in Army of Darkness. His Best Editing award for Hurt Locker was shared by his partner Chris Innis, whom he met on the Raimi produced TV show “American Gothic.”

I gotta say, never since Peter Jackson’s (who was nominated this year for District 9) thank you to the crew of Meet the Feebles has there been such an excellent genre shout out.

On top of working with Raimi for over a decade, Murawski also runs Grindhouse Releasing, which distributes and restores cult and horror films with a focus on extreme Italian cinema. Pieces, The Beyond, Cannibal Holocaust, and I Drink Your Blood are just a few names you’ll find in Grindhouse Releasing's catalogue.
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Horror at the Oscars Part 1: The Quickening

It’s that time of year again, kids. Dread Central’s 2010 Horror at the Oscars coverage. Horror was indeed present this year and in black-tie. While Roger Corman and Lauren Bacall were honored a few months back at the Governor’s Award Ceremony, it was an unexpected delight to see Corman, recipient of the lifetime achievement Oscar, enjoy a standing ovation on national television.

I was, however, very disappointed that neither of them were allowed to speak. Roger Corman’s contributions to modern cinema are too vast for him to just stand up and wave. James Cameron was one of many Corman acolytes present, and his nomination speaks to Corman’s tremendous legacy. On the Terminator DVD Cameron mentions, "I trained at the Roger Corman Film School.” Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola, among many others, were also former students.

The terror continued with a spoof of Paranormal Activity
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Medialog: A Week of Fantasies

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Sf TV

Thursday night’s new genre entries include Flashforward (8 p.m. Et, ABC, “Believe”), The Vampire Diaries (8 p.m., the CW, “The Turning Point”), Fringe (9 p.m., Fox, “August,” Observer secrets revealed!) and Supernatural (9 p.m., the CW, “Abandon All Hope,” desperately seeking Lucifer). The night also boasts a new Syfy telefilm Mutants (9 p.m.). Starlog favorite Michael Ironside (Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone) stars as people are turned into killer mutants.

Friday continues to be the biggest genre night of the week. Batman: The Brave & The Bold leads off with “Death Race to Oblivion” (7:30 p.m., Cartoon Network, a new episode, though we thought the season wrapped last week). Fans have three choices in the 8 p.m. time slot: Smallville (the CW, “Pandora,” more Zod stuff), Ghost Whisperer (CBS, “Lost in the Shadows”) and Wizards Of Waverley Place (Disney,
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Starblog: Liner Notes: Molly Ringwald & the Elevator of Doom

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Strangely, it took the recent death of filmmaker John (Weird Science) Hughes—as we like to call him—to remind me that I briefly met his muse. It was Spring 1983 and she was in NYC to celebrate the premiere of her second motion picture, Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone.

Stare blankly at a computer screen if you don’t recall it. I barely do. It was an Sf flick starring Peter Strauss, a pre-Sixteen Candles Molly Ringwald, Ernie Hudson and Michael Ironside, directed by Twilight Zone classic veteran Lamont Johnson. Ring any bells? Well, it was in 3-D but it wasn’t very good. Ahhhhh, Now you remember!

Nonetheless, magazine editors don’t know That for certain months before release when a picture’s in production. So, we sent James Van Hise on location (to wherever they filmed, Utah? Nevada?), and he filed a Set Visit story and a Strauss profile.
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