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PRESLEY" IS ABOUT TO LEAVE THE BUILDING
But this Tempe DVD, despite the many cameo appearances by Cheapo Horror movie actors, ain't no Horror movie! This lost cult classic veritable who's who of independent film stars includes cameos by none other than KILL BILL director Quentin Tarantino.
EDDIE PRESLEY is a down-on-his-luck ex-Elvis impersonator. With his days of former glory performing in small to medium-sized clubs behind him, hes stuck in a dead-end security job, making barely enough to live out of his van. But Eddies luck is about to change when hes offered a comeback gig at a seedy Hollywood nightclub...until he has a breakdown on stage and gives the audience a powerful, improvised performance theyll not soon forget.
Based on the stage play by star Duane Whitaker (HOBGOBLINS, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III, pawn shop owner, Maynard, in PULP FICTION, TALES FROM THE HOOD, THE HAUNTED SEA, FROM DUSK TIL DAWN 2, NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW), EDDIE PRESLEY is a bittersweet drama in the tradition of THE KING OF COMEDY and ED WOOD, with plenty of satirical jabs at politics and life at the bottom of the entertainment food chain. Featuring an all-star lineup of genre favorites, Tempe DVD is proud to bring this cult classic from director Jeff Burr (THE OFFSPRING, STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS, LEATHERFACE, NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW) to home video for the first time ever, complete with commentary from the filmmakers!
is definitely not a horror film, most everyone associated with EDDIE has
done some pretty recognizable work in that genre, making this release
of interest to both Tempe's loyal fan base as well as a new audience who
will be introduced to our DVD line for the first time. EDDIE PRESLEY features
a veritable who's who of genre stars, including some pretty high-powered
Director Jeff Burr is no stranger to horror films, having made his debut in 1987 with THE OFFSPRING starring Vincent Price, followed in rapid succession by THE STEPFATHER 2 and the theatrical release LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III, which recently made its Special Edition debut on DVD. Burr's latest, the World War II epic STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS, is now making the festival rounds (a preview of which can be found on all 3 versions of the EDDIE PRESLEY DVD).
The rest of the EDDIE cast will not disappoint genre fans, either. Joining such veterans as Roscoe Lee Browne (BABE), Daniel Roebuck (THE FUGITIVE) and Lawrence Tierney (RESERVOIR DOGS) are Stacie Bourgeois (FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN 2), and Willard Pugh (ROBOCOP 2). R.A. Mihailoff (LEATHERFACE), Tim Thomerson (TRANCERS), Chuck Williams (DOUBLE BLAST) and John Lazar (BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) are also on hand.
AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
Artist and writer Dave Steven's THE ROCKETEER had all the goods, a sporadically published yet wildy popular comic book that re-launched the career of 50's pin-up queen, Betty Page. But when it came time to make it into a movie, the lunkheads at Disney chose the insipid tag team of writers Danny Bilson and Paul Mateo (TRANCERS, ZONE TROOPERS, ELIMINATORS, ugh, etc.), giving director Joe Johnston, nothing worthwhile to work with. The screenplay first stripped out everything fun and amazing about the comic book, then gutted the charm as well, leaving nothing but a Hollywood Trivia pursuit game as numerous scenes became a wasted game of "Guess what famous dead actor this character is supposed to be?"*
It's not fair to push a past failure from one movie company onto the unknown efforts of another film studio. Especially when SKYCAPTAIN has such a cool cast: Gwyneth Paltrow (SE7EN, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY), Angelina Jolie (CYBORG 2, THE BONE COLLECTOR, TOMB RAIDER), Jude Law (eXistenZ, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY), Lin Bai (THE CROW, THE BREED), and Giovanni Ribisi (THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, THE GIFT). Plus first time writer/Director Kerry Conran has a pretty interesting bio at imdb.com.
I say all of this because I'm exactly the kind of person such a movie would be directed towards. Monster robots! Alternate History! Retro Future stuff! Thriller! This movie has the potential to kick ass in the kind of fun way that the original Stars Wars did way back in the 1970s. That movie had such momentum behind it that its still moving forward nearly 30 years later even after two dismal prequels.
Director Kerry Conran is going for Fleischer animation appeal set in a gothic Fritz Lang world of Manhattan cityscape: complete with chiaroscuro light and shadows. Yet the "blur" that runs throughout, and the muted colors present even in the blue sky daylight scenes, is enough to give me pause about this film. I hope I'm wrong. Because this could be a really cool movie. The problems I'm seeing - fake looking robots stomping through fake looking cities - just might kill this. Godzilla movies could get away with their "model" looking cities only because they were made so cheap. A select (read small) number of people are willing to pay the overpriced theater ticket to see a toy city stomped to bits on the big screen. Yet even today, you could make 10 Godzilla movies for what a single Hollywood big budget film commands. Godzilla movies never had actors who expect 10 million a picture, let alone 3 of them. And for all of their fans and lip service, most Godzilla movies have gone direct to video in the U.S. Now Paramount may be showing the CGI "rushes", so the unrealistic nature of the buildings and other effects might be cleaned up (use longer render times) in the digital houses. But if that's not the case, I hope that in saying this, someone will notice and take a second thought or two. Because for all of it's potential, visually this movie is looking like FINAL FANTASY with live action actors.
Read an interview with Producer Jon Avnet at CHUD.
* To be fair, the critics loved THE ROCKETEER. Gene Shalit, Siskel and Ebert, and Peter Travers all gave it rave reviews. Critics loved it, fans of the comic book and movie audiences hated it - or just weren't impressed enough to bother with it. What little Rocketeer fan sites there are today pay homage to the creator and the comic, not the movie.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO -
Horror Writer, publisher, and contributor to feoamante.com, Monica J. O'Rourke (Editor of DECADENCE volumes 1 - 3). Monica is 38 today.
Actor Billy Zane (CRITTERS, DEAD CALM, DEMON KNIGHT, SILENT WARNINGS, VLAD) is also 38 today.
Actor Teri Weigel (CHEERLEADER CAMP, RETURN OF THE KILLER TOMATOES, NIGHT VISITOR, PREDATOR 2) is 42 today.
Actor Helen Shaver (STARSHIP INVASIONS, AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE OSTERMAN WEEKEND, THE BELIEVERS, TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS, THE CRAFT) is 53.
The anthology is called "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three." Sales of the book will raise money for the defense of the West Memphis Three, young men tried and found guilty of a murder through a disturbing pattern of public hysterics, official misconduct, and completely illogical judicial conclusions. These young men were convenient suspects not because of evidence, but because they wore black, listened to heavy metal music, and liked horror fiction. It is a very disturbing situation. Check out the site created to raise awareness of the case:
TIL DEATH DO US PART
Okay, I've seen some ca-razy-ass indy marketing in my time, but leave it to Horror writer Brian Keene to raise the bar.
How would you like to be with Brian Keene until death do you part? Because on May 8th, one lucky winner will have that opportunity for the rest of their life!
Announcing Brian Keene's `Till Death Do Us Part' contest: Purchase a copy of FEAR OF GRAVITY before March 5th and you could win a free, signed, personalized copy of every future book Brian Keene writes for life! Every novel! Every collection! Every hardcover! Every paperback! Every foreign edition! EVERYTHING! You will receive every book written by Keene until death (his or yours) intervenes.
Go to Delirium Books for more info
From Tempe Video
"MIDNIGHT SKATER" LIVES UP TO SPLATTER RAMPAGE NAME
Extreme gore fans should get ready to sink their teeth into the latest Splatter Rampage release, MIDNIGHT SKATER. This splatter mini-classic comes courtesy of Kent, Ohio's Speed Freak Productions, who brought us the zany antics seen in last year's SPLATTER RAMPAGE WRESTLING. Spearheaded by brothers Andy & Luke Campbell, the Speed Freak gang are all a bunch of die-hard horror fanatics and that passion truly shows in their work.
Something strange is happening on a small-town college campus... Students have been disappearing and the only clues left behind are a bloody corpse and the name "Midnight Skater." A group of nosy kids take it upon themselves to put an end to the mystery, but find out they may be in over their heads! Theyll have to make their way through the colleges dark side of drugs, lies and murder in order to find out who is behind it all. Prepare for an all-out gorefest in one of the most bloody twisted tales of horror ever told!
MIDNIGHT SKATER begins a new era in Splatter Rampage history. Tempe has split the label off from its existing deal with Ventura Distribution, and all national sales & marketing on Splatter Rampage will now be handled by Pro-Active Entertainment Group. This will allow us to get a few more titles out the door each year and put a special focus on movies that are a bit more graphic in nature. And if there's one thing that MIDNIGHT SKATER doesn't skimp on, it's the blood and gore! This is the kind of movie that the Splatter Rampage label was created for...drug-addicted zombies ripping apart kids on a college campus!
The SKATER disc includes a handful of bonus features, including 17 minutes of deleted scenes, a commentary track with the Speed Freak crew and a short film "The Stranger". If that's not enough, the Speed Freakers have already wrapped up their latest project, DEMON SUMMER, which will debut from Splatter Rampage this June. This one is a must for fans of THE EVIL DEAD series. A trailer for DEMON SUMMER is featured on the SKATER DVD. These guys are starting to really make a name for themselves in no-budget horror, and with good reason...they deliver the gory goods!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO -
Horror writer E.C.McMullen Jr. (stories in all of the DECADENCE anthologies and more) who is 43 today and looks much better!
From Chris Gage
LAUGHTER OF THE DAMNED: ARSENIC LULLABY COLLECTED
A while back, I reviewed an issue of a comic called ARSENIC LULLABY, which is chock-full of the sickest humor imaginable. The kind of stuff that makes you go, "Oh, that's just wrong: but f***ing hilarious!"
The disturbed minds at AAA Milwaukee Publishing recently sent me a trade paperback collection of early Arsenic Lullaby material, along with work from its conjoined twin publication, LAUGHTER OF THE DAMNED, plus some never before seen material that was held back as being too disturbing - and if the stuff that WASN'T held back involved humor about zombie fetuses, the Holocaust, and guys with all their skin removed getting stuck to the sidewalk and nibbled on by raccoons, you can just imagine what was deemed inappropriate. Anyway, my comments in the earlier Arsenic Lullaby review pretty much also apply to the trade, which is available at well-stocked comic shops or at arseniclullabies.com, and if this stuff jibes with your particular sick sense of humor, the regular Arsenic Lullaby comic is published bi-monthly.
I came up with the idea for CHIM+HER after positive experiences writing collaborations here and there with one or two female writers (my Shocklines #1 Bestselling "BoyFistGirlSuck" collection released by Massacre Publishing last year was a book of collaborations with one female writer, Alex Severin).
A collaborative collection is nothing new - but never like this, never on man battling it out with eight exceptionally strong and powerful female writers through 29 collaborative short stories. Be warned: nothing will prepare the reader for the ferocious exploration of contemporary society's ugliest taboos; abortion, rape, kidnap, child abuse, pornography, murder, illness, abandonment, loneliness, discovery, hatred, secrets, love.
Find a good strong chair and strap yourself in for the ride of your life as Chim & Her leads you on a blindfold journey with an international writing squad consisting of eight of the most riveting and extreme female writers out there today:
CHIM+HER was originally gonna be an ebook (and all parties were happy with the artistic freedom that medium allowed) but then LULU came on the scene a couple months back and offered CyberPulp the chance to have books printed out through P.O.D., too.
The thing that really knocked everyone on their ass though, was the ten minute clip. I don't know if this is the beginning of the film, but it should be. Writer James Gunn, who cut his movie teeth making films for Troma (YES!), and newbie director Zack Snyder, took the path of full cliches, then ripped them apart. The effect is jarring. For folks who watch a lot of movies, you'll instantly recognize "comfort zones" where you expect the movie to go a certain way for a length of time - then they smash it! The zombies in the new DAWN OF THE DEAD don't shamble, they run full tilt. Zack created a visual of watching a world come apart in the same way people might have felt when watching the Challenger explode, the Twin Towers fall, or the Columbia disintegrate into firey balls. The effect is awesome and amazingly, lacks in noticable SFX.
Only ten minutes of film, and people were jumping in their seats like popcorn. When the lights came up, the place went nuts. I can't wait for March 19. The film has such high expectations, that it has been bumped up from its original March 29 release date.
AND PREDATOR 2004 TOY SERIES ANNOUNCED
McFarlane Toys thought theyd get in on the action. Theyre releasing a refreshed Alien and Predator line of four figures, based roughly on Movie Maniacs 6 from 2003, but thoroughly updated.
MATTER WHY THEY SAID IT
OF HORROR! RISE UP!
"Jack Cady was an author whose extraordinary talent and meticulous craft cannot be praised too highly. His death deprives us of more of his darkly elegant fiction," said Paula Guran, award administrator of the Special Award. "The naming of Stephen King, especially in light of his recent acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, needs no further explanation. Everett F. Bleiler's name is probably as obscure to the general population as Mr. King's is well known, but as an editor, bibliographer, critic, and researcher, Bleiler's work expanding our appreciation of and access to the field is unsurpassed in the 20th century." IHG Living Legends are individuals who have made meritorious and notable contributions and/or have substantially influenced the field of horror/dark fantasy. Previous recipients are Charles L. Grant, William F. Nolan, Alice Cooper, Ray Bradbury, Clive Barker, Hugh B. Cave, Edward W. Bryant, Richard Matheson, and Harlan Ellison.
For more information, go to the International Horror Guild Designed by the outstanding Chad Savage.
Just as todays
audiences look back to the 1970s as a golden age of innovative American
filmmaking, horror fans have long treasured the films from that decade
for their exciting mix of pioneering spirit and no-holds-barred gusto.
In the wake of George Romeros NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), horror
filmmakers channeled the unease of a nation at war overseas and in turmoil
at home into dread and shock onscreen. Films like DEATHDREAM and MESSIAH
OF EVIL ground their gore in the anxieties of a society unraveling at
the seams. The sexual revolution brought a plethora of lesbian vampires
to the screen in LEMORA and THE VELVET VAMPIRE and their European cousins
DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS and THE VAMPIRE LOVERS.
*IN PERSON: Director Richard Blackburn on February 20th!
Director/Screenwriters Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
aka RETURN OF THE ALIENS: THE DEADLY SPAWN
THE LIVING DEAD
CHILDS TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL
Director Richard Blackburn for a post-film Q & A and
the Academy Film Archive
*IN PERSON: Directors/Screenwriters Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz for a post-film Q & A and discussion!
For further info, please call 310.206.FILM or log on to cinema.ucla.edu.
All films screen at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, located on the northeast corner of the UCLA campus, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue.
Tickets are available at the theater one hour before showtime. Admission is $7 general; $5 students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.
NOTE: Advance tickets for all programs are now available for $8 using your credit card at cinema.ucla.edu!
Free street parking after 6 pm daily on Loring Ave. at Charing Cross Rd.; or for $7 in Lot 3, adjacent to the James Bridges Theater.
PACKING GUNS ON LAW & ORDER
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