We’ll get to our feature presentation shortly, but before then a couple of stops: firstly, Christopher Lee is on hand to read Dracula for you. And more than that, someone’s taken the 1966 comic adaptation and put the two together. Then, since we’ve got a Corman-produced flick for today’s main event, poking about for more Corman-related material found 1990’s TV special, Horror Cafe, in which Clive Barker does a sort-of expanded Dinner for Five routine. Among those in to have a nosh are Corman, John Carpenter and Ramsey Campbell. If you feel the onset of cheese, just keep telling yourself over and over: “It’s only 1990, it’s only 1990…”
The Week in Stuff: August 10, 2010 – A Bounty Hunter, a Serial Killer and a Playwright Walk Into a Bar…
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This just might be the most awesome thing you see this week. And it’s your mental sorbet for today because the sheer amount of win will steel you against the work week that is to come. It’s John Carpenter’s The Thing but “fully sweded,” i.e. remade in the spirit of the film Be Kind Rewind, i.e. done on the cheap and hilarious. And, sadly, better than Carpenter’s recent filmography.
Thanks to Neatorama for pointing folks our way! Greetings, Neatoramulans.
Here’s how it works for the uninitiated. 32 Days of Halloween lasts 32 days because we staged a coup and stole the 30th of September for the month of October. Early each day, I post a trailer (and, as we get closer to The Day, more random stuff). Then each night, it’s movie night, with another full-length film posted for your dancing and dining pleasure. So welcome to the party.
And feel free to subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified of our updates…it’s a lot more efficient than the smoke signals we were using back in 1998.
And listen, while we’re on the subject of Carpenter, has anyone seen Susan?
Not only is it That Time of Year but Rob Zombie just recently created a remake of this, so anybody who’s surprised that Anchor Bay re-released this thing just needs to have their head examined. It’s perfectly normal, however, to be surprised at what they decided to include. The picture and sound are both great, but the features pale in comparison to the 25th Anniversary Divimax edition that came out four years ago.
Here you have trailer, TV and radio spots, bios, galleries and a documentary, all of which we’ve seen before. The biggest disappearance is the commentary, which had John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis and producer Debra Hill on it.
Also strange is the fact that normally when a company double-dips (or triple or whichever), they let the other versions go out of print. On Amazon, there’s two other versions of Halloween, it seems, still available. Granted, the Divimax version is going for $20 and this is going for $8, but still…you know we’re suckers for features.
Big Trouble in Little China is near and dear to our hearts around here. In fact, if the aliens who kidnapped John Carpenter and replaced him with an evil double were to ever bring back the original, we wish they’d hurry the hell up and do More Trouble in Little China like they had talked about at one point.
Regardless, we love the movie. We even dig John Carpenter’s soundtracks, the majority of which he writes and performs.
However, I don’t recall ever seeing this before: a music video for the theme song to Big Trouble. It’s the epitome of scary retro, folks.
Christine: Special Edition. She’s a classic lady in red with dangerous curves and a body built for sin. In Detroit. But when Arnie Cunningham finds her, she’s down on her luck and a bit rusty. Arnie gives her some TLC and some serious body work and she returns this by making him a bad boy out of a James Dean movie. Problem is she’s got a mean streak and she’ll take out anyone who messing with her man. Or tries to get between them. For Christine, it is truly apt that she is a Plymouth Fury. Stephen King‘s story about a car from Hell is back with three new feturettes on taking the book to the screen, making the movie, and the impact it has made. There is a ton of deleted and alternate scenes, and a commentary from uber-director John Carpenter and the other star of the film, Keith Gordon. (Buy it from Amazon.)
Children of the Corn: Divimax Edition. No good deed goes unpunished. That is certainly true for the Stantons when they try to get help for a boy after he runs out of a cornfield and in front of their car. So they go to Gatlin, a little town where the children worship some old time religion. Not Christian fundamentalism, we’re talking a religion of the harvest, of blood, and of death. So Vicky (a pre-Terminator Linda Hamilton) and Burt (Peter Horton) must battle the bloodthirsty Malachai, the charismatic boy preacher Isaac, and the god they serve, He Who Walks Behind the Rows. With this new edition, there is a new documentary on the making of the film, Harvesting Horror: Children of the Corn. Also, you get a commentary with director Fritz Kiersch, producer Terrence Kirby, and actors John Franklin (Isaac) and Courtney Gains (Malachi) and a fairly impressive photo gallery. Come see the franchise that eventually convinced King he needed to pull sequel rights from his contracts with Hollywood. (Buy it from Amazon.)
Bring him back. Please? I just got done watching The Thing for the umpteenth time and I would really like the good Carpenter that we all know and love back. I’m sure we can convince the real Carpenter not to press charges or anything. And none of the rest of us will press charges for stuff like Ghosts of Mars. Honest. Total amnesty. Just bring him back.
So here I am watching Prince of Darkness, the eighth stop of my whirlwind horror revue for the weekend, and I thought: wouldn’t it be cool to go and visit Saint Goddard’s, the church that had a vial of Satan in the basement? Cosette found that our friends at the Horror Channel were already way ahead of me.
In this article, they talk about every single place shown in the film–including Goddard’s. It’s now an arts center that looks pretty much the same. Check out the pic snippet there with the banners up and try to imagine the big ass hooded figure walking out from beneath them. Wicked.
There’s other films they’ve given this extensive treatment for. Check out the full list here.
Written and Directed by: Adam Simon
Starring: John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, George A. Romero, Tom Savini
Released by: Docurama
Rating: NR (some disturbing images)
My Advice: Rent it.
Is the turmoil felt throughout America in the late 60s and the 70s responsible for some of the best horror movies in history? Ehhhhhh, could be. That’s the premise behind this docu, which provides really choice interviews with some of the biggest names of cinematic horror. Each director focuses mostly on a single film (although Dawn of the Dead is mentioned briefly in addition to Romero‘s Night) with Landis there not really to give any insight on any of his films but merely to provide additional commentary on everybody else’s.