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London Film Festival 2019 Review: Deerskin’s “Killer Style” Speaks for Itself

Middle age can cause men to do ridiculous things in an effort to reclaim their identity. Some invest in gaudy gold watches or flashy red coupés. Others, like Georges (Jean Dujardin), flush their shitty old jackets down gas station toilets and drive deep into the countryside in search of another.

So begins the eighth feature from French cinema’s enfant absurdist Quentin Dupieux. Thrumming with the twisted logic that has become his trademark, it sees Jean Dujardin’s recently divorced 44-year-old wanting in purpose and eventually finding it in the ill-fitting shape of 1969’s jacket du jour, a suede number so fantastically fringed it’d make Dennis Hopper blush. As Georges gawks at himself in the mirror and begins talking to his new object of obsession, it becomes clear that few garments have quite as much character as this one. Things get sinister as it asserts itself on the wayward
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Salem Horror Fest 2019’s Complete Lineup of Events & Special Guests Includes John Waters, Elvira, and Tales From The Crypt 30th Anniversary Tribute

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One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest returns for another round of special guests, epic events, and must-see screenings this October. Daily Dead is thrilled to once again be a media sponsor of the horror celebration, and in case you missed their announcements throughout the past year, the talented team at Salem Horror Fest just released a recap of their full schedule for this year's festival, including appearances by John Waters, Cassandra Peterson, and the Crypt Keeper himself, John Kassir.

Salem Horror Fest 2019 will begin on Thursday, October 3rd and run through Sunday, October 13th. Go here to catch up on all of our Salem Horror Fest 2019 coverage, read the official press release below with full details on what to look forward to this year, and be sure to visit the festival's official website for more information:

https://www.salemhorror.com/

Press Release:
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Locarno: John Waters on a Career Inside and Outside of Hollywood

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Locarno: John Waters on a Career Inside and Outside of Hollywood
It’s 50 years since John Waters made his first feature film, “Mondo Trasho” — a scuzzy, Divine-starring underground ride that set the tone for a career of joyously offending delicate sensibilities and expanding the boundaries of U.S. indie cinema, through such now-celebrated films as “Pink Flamingos,” “Polyester” and the original, pre-Broadway incarnation of “Hairspray.” With Locarno celebrating Waters’ films with a mini-retrospective and the Pardo d’onore Manor award for career achievement, we caught up with the 73-year-old to discuss cinematic rebellion, past and present.

Half a century ago, when you were releasing your first feature, you can’t have imagined that you’d now be getting career awards and retrospectives at a major film festivals.

I know, I love it. It’s so different, though. When I was growing up, people’s parents found my films and called the police. Now people say to me, “My parents love you,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Stonewall, Juleen Compton, Rohmer, Brakhage & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

“Grit and Glitter: Before and After Stonewall” begins this weekend with the likes of Teorema and Portrait of Jason.

“See It Big! Action” brings Three the Hard Way and Set It Off.

A series on 21st-century Latin-American sci-fi cinema continues with White Out, Black In on Sunday.

A 40th-anniversary celebration
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John Waters movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cry-Baby’

John Waters movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Hairspray,’ ‘Pink Flamingos,’ ‘Cry-Baby’
Baltimore native John Waters is filmdom’s pencil-mustached titan of trash who has spent a lifetime of dumpster-diving into a vat of bad taste, sleaze, kinky gross-outs, over-the-top camp, maudlin melodramatics, sick jokes, taboo sexuality, vulgarity and bizarre personalities. At least he has a fabulous sense of humor. The director, who turns 72 on April 22, is a New York University film school dropout who instead became a scholar of transgressive, envelope-shredding cinema, influenced by the directorial likes of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Federico Fellini, William Castle, Douglas Sirk and Ingmar Bergman. Early on, Waters assembled a stock company of players from suburban Baltimore who he called the Dreamlanders, including Mink Stole and Edith Massey.

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But Waters would find his true muse and favorite leading lady in his childhood friend, Glenn Milstead, a drag queen whose alter-ego was known as Divine.
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John Waters movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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John Waters movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Baltimore native John Waters is filmdom’s pencil-mustached titan of trash who has spent a lifetime of dumpster-diving into a vat of bad taste, sleaze, kinky gross-outs, over-the-top camp, maudlin melodramatics, sick jokes, taboo sexuality, vulgarity and bizarre personalities. At least he has a fabulous sense of humor. The director, who turns 72 on April 22, is a New York University film school dropout who instead became a scholar of transgressive, envelope-shredding cinema, influenced by the directorial likes of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Federico Fellini, William Castle, Douglas Sirk and Ingmar Bergman. Early on, Waters assembled a stock company of players from suburban Baltimore who he would the he called the Dreamlanders, including Mink Stole and Edith Massey.

But Waters would find his true muse and favorite leading lady in his childhood friend, Glenn Milstead, a drag queen whose alter-ego was known as Divine. When Milstead died at age 42 from an enlarged heart
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Beauty vs Beast: Emma Times Two

Jason Adams of Mnpp here with a brand new edition of our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" poll -- it is the 60th birthday of the great Emma Thompson today! And age thankfully hasn't slowed her down a bit -- she's got several projects in the works (I'm pretty excited about her upcoming series called Years and Years with Queer as Folk UK and Dr Who writer Russell T Davies) not to mention I just had a, "Wait, who is that talking...?" moment two days ago when she turned up as the voice of a queenly ape-person in Laika's Missing Link. But for her birthday let's look back at her two great great great Merchant Ivory roles of the early 90s, because who could I put against Dame Emma Thompson for a true contest other than but Dame Emma Thompson herself.

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Previously It's not easy to beat down Divine
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Pussywillows! Serial Mom at 25

by Salim Garami

What's good?

The existence of Serial Mom 25 years ago establishes that America’s current obsession with true crime stories – with the likes of Serial and American Crime Story and the never-ending avalanche of Netflix documentaries – is not something remotely new to our day and age. Hell, it wasn’t even new to 1994; many of the social observations Serial Mom makes arguably were already well before up to the previous year’s The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom. There is little prophetic in the satire but there is A Lot of scary forecasting regarding the Oj Simpson murder case that was just around the corner at the time of its release...
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Beauty vs Beast: Only a Mother's Love

Jason from Mnpp here -- it's safe to say that there isn't a week where something having to do with John Waters doesn't drift through my happily polluted brain, but this week's really turning it out. For one this upcoming Saturday the 25th anniversary of his last truly great film Serial Mom, starring a deliciously unhinged Kathleen Turner as the sunny recycling-prone Jekyll & Hyde of suburbia. And for another MoMA, as part of their "What Price Hollywood" series on cinema's transgressive sexual politics, is screening Female Trouble twice this month. So with Mother's Day already in the air (and by "in the air" I mean "on the seasonal shelves of my local Cvs") I ask us for this week's "Beauty vs Beast" to turn our eyes upon these two of John's most loving mothers...

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Previously Last week's Tully poll was relatively tight, which is as it should be with two characters so inextricable,
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Vestron Video: ‘Parents’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis, Bryan Madorsky | Written by Christopher Hawthorne | Directed by Bob Balaban

“Real grown-ups don’t get upset,” reckons Michael Laemle (Bryan Madorsky), a young boy trapped in an idyllic 1950s condo with his creepily conventional parents. It’s a comment that betrays his increasingly twisted thinking. He suspects there’s something funny about his folks, and not in a ha-ha way. Mother (Mary Beth Hurt) is constantly serving up “leftover” meat, and Father (Randy Quaid) keeps giving weird lectures about the darkness of the human mind.

Father is a supervisor in a scientific research facility and his job gives him access to cadavers. Is it possible that Mom and Pop might be cannibals? Murderers, even? They have the perfect alibi: the career-man patriarch and his pie-baking wife, living in their domestic utopia, with its minimalist tan furniture and an Oldsmobile in the driveway.
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Salem Horror Fest 2019 to Feature Live Performance by John Waters

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One of the most exciting genre celebrations in recent years, the Salem Horror Fest celebrated another successful gathering of horror lovers last year, and Daily Dead was thrilled to be a media sponsor of the 10-day event. This year's Salem Horror Fest looks to be even more memorable, as it's been announced that legendary filmmaker and author John Waters will be on hand to do a live performance of "This Filthy World: Filthier & More Horrible."

Waters' live performance will take place at the Peabody Essex Museum on Wednesday, October 9th. To learn more about tickets, visit Salem Horror Fest online.

Salem Horror Fest 2019 will begin on Thursday, October 3rd and run through Sunday, October 13th. If you're looking to book a hotel or secure an Airbnb, then you'll want to do it here sooner rather than later, as space is limited.

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated
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Trouble in Paradise: Close-Up on John Waters’ “Cry-Baby”

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Waters' Cry-Baby (1990) is showing September 7 – October 7, 2018 in many countries around the world as part of the Back-To-School Series.The opening line of John Waters’ raucous autobiography says it all: “To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about.” Divine’s triumphant cry of “Filth are my politics! Filth is my life!” in the director’s breakout hit Pink Flamingos was more than simply a statement of intent, it was a declaration of war on good taste and all that which is socially-acceptable. The irony of writing any kind of critique on a man who celebrated pure chaos and considered coprophilia a suitable final argument is not lost on me. In fact Nick Zedd, author of the Cinema of Transgression manifesto would strenuously object to such a notion:“We propose that all film schools be blown up
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Personal Camp: Close-Up on John Waters' "Serial Mom"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Waters' Serial Mom (1994) is showing from March 11 - April 10, 2018 in many countries around the world.When kidnapping victim and unwilling media sensation Patty Hearst first met director John Waters, it was at the Cannes Film Festival where he reportedly walked up to her, introduced himself, and casually mentioned “I went to your trial!” Years later, Hearst recalled her astonishment, both at Waters’ nonchalance and the idea that anybody would willingly attend another person’s trial, let alone her own. But in the era before Judge Judy, before the 24-hour news cycle, and before social media, there was in fact a thriving counterculture of serial killer groupies who traveled the countryside attending the trials of the most despicable and loathsome murderers in American history. They would camp out in front of courthouses for seats in the gallery like
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Review: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Is a 'Juicy Saga' That Explores Celebrity Obsession

Review: The Assassination of Gianni Versace Is a 'Juicy Saga' That Explores Celebrity Obsession
On July 15, 1997, one of the 20th century’s most perversely awful convergences of fate occurred in Miami’s South Beach: Standing outside his mansion, superstar designer Gianni Versace was shot to death by Andrew Cunanan, a young man who’d recently achieved his own ghastly celebrity as a serial killer on the lam.

Titled The Assassination of Gianni Versace, it’s a fitting subject for season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story. The show’s first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson, elevated rubbernecking to an art. This, too, is a juicy saga, both outrageous and tragic: Cunanan’s murderous,
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Horror-on-Sea 2018 Interview: Chris Moore talks ‘Blessed are the Children’

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Blessed are the Children is new thriller from co-writer and director Chris Moore, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival on Friday 19th January. I got chance to ask Chris a few questions about his inspirations for making the film, his influences and what makes Blessed are the Children stand out in the horror genre.

What can we expect from the film?

I think you can expect a slasher film that’s fun, has something to say, and characters you actually care about. It’s one of the most important things in a horror film, but a lot of people seem fine with just throwing in a gaggle of busty 20-somethings and calling it a day. I want you to actually feel something when these people are terrorized. I never want you rooting for the killers. I usually come up with a story or concept first
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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

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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!

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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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George A. Romero’s Land Of The Dead Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Coming This October from Scream Factory

Following in Big Daddy's footsteps, Scream Factory is heading to Fiddler's Green this fall with their new Collector's Edition Blu-ray of George A. Romero's Land of the Dead.

Scheduled to come out on October 24th, Scream Factory's Land of the Dead Collector's Edition will feature both the theatrical and unrated editions of the movie, yet-to-be-revealed bonus features, and new cover art by The Crp Group (see below).

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. Will you be adding this home media release to your collection this Halloween season?

From Scream Factory: "We’re thrilled to add another George A Romero film to our sinister roster this year in the form of Land Of The Dead!

Project is still in progress but here’s what we can tell you so far:

- The Blu-ray release will be branded as a "Collector's Edition" (of course!
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