Monday, May 2, 2016

Watch THE MAIDEN; What Happens When a Desperate Real Estate Agent Meets a Cursed Mansion?


Real Estate is a killer job where your entire income is dependent on turning over properties.

But in The Maiden, this white elephant is going to take more than a little elbow grease to make her ready for a buyer...especially when the original owner isn't to happy about it.

By the way, did I mention that the owner is dead?

Check out the short film after the break.

CULT CINEMA: AN ARROW VIDEO COMPANION (Book Review)

Review by Joshua Gravel
Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion Lmtd Ed. HC 
Edited by Anthony Nield
Introduction by Ben Wheatley 
Cover Illustration by Graham Humphreys
Written by Robin Bougie, Michael Brooke, Paul Corupe,
David Del Valle, David Flint, Cullen Gallagher,
Kevin Gilvear, Joel Harley, David Hayles,
Pasquale Iannone, Alan Jones, Tim Lucas,
Michael Mackenzie, Maitland McDonagh,
Tom Mes, John Kenneth Muir, Kim Newman,
James Oliver, Vic Pratt, Jasper Sharp,
Kenneth J. Souza, Mike Sutton, Stephen Thrower,
Caelum Vatnsdal, Douglas Weir
Published by MVD Entertainment Group
Available April 12, 2016
ISBN: 978-0993306013 / $69.95


Arrow Video are no stranger to cult film devotees worldwide, for years they have been releasing some of the most sought after special editions in the U.K. market and have more recently branched into the North American market.

Whether you are looking for a zombie film, a blaxploitation film, or a Japanese gangster film Arrow Video has it all in their catalogue and many in superb collectors editions at that. So seemingly as a way to cement their place as a one-stop entrée into the world of bizarre cinema they have released the book Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion, which provides a thorough overview of the many facets of cult cinema be it notable actors and directors, insight into specific genres, or even a look at the behind the scenes workings of distribution in the B-movie world.

Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion compiles the many essays that have been included in the booklets of their special edition releases along with a new introduction by filmmaker Ben Wheatley.

Shout! Factory Unveils New Home Entertainment Product Line SHOUT! SELECT, Beginning Summer 2016

Imprint Launches with Slate of Enduring Cult Favorites and Unheralded Gems
Further underscoring its position as a leading curator of the very best of pop culture, Shout! Factory is proud to announce the launch of a new home entertainment series, Shout Select. Handpicked by the film buffs at Shout! Factory, Shout Select shines a light on films that deserve a spot on your shelf. From acknowledged classics to cult favorites to unheralded gems, Shout Select celebrates the best in filmmaking, giving these movies the love and attention they deserve.

Debuting this August, Shout Select boasts an exciting slate of fan-favorite releases making their Blu-ray debuts. Titles include the pulp sci-fi rom-com classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, John Carpenter’s Emmy Award-nominated biopic Elvis, the brilliant action-comedy Midnight Run, the rowdy action-thriller Road House and the most excellent sci-fi comedies Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Each title will be presented in anamorphic widescreen, and when possible will be released as a Collector’s Edition, with new bonus content, archival materials, collectible cover artwork, and more!

Shout Select’s inaugural release is the Collector’s Edition of the beloved ’80s cult classic The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (Collector’s Edition), available August 16, 2016. On Blu-ray for the first time, this Collector’s Edition comes loaded with bonus features, including a comprehensive retrospective featuring brand-new interviews with members of the cast and crew, with an additional disc of bonus features to be revealed closer to street date. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Two and Done: First Sequels that Killed the Series


Captain America: Civil War is on deck, poised to take the worldwide box office by storm. It’s the third Cap movie, following The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier—and, with its padded roster of myriad Marvel players, it is also technically the third Avengers flick.

As a trilogy capper, it reminds me of all the lesser (or less fortunate) Chapter Twos to hit movie screens that never earned a Part 3. In some cases, the death of a franchise is a blessing; in others, the failure of a specific Part 2 to generate a legitimate Part 3 remains a cinematic head scratcher.

Here are some of the more glaring examples, encompassing the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

Kickstart This! Sci-Fi Web-Series, PERSONAL SPACE Starring Richard Hatch, Tahmoh Penikett, Tim Russ & More!


One thing genre fans are always hungry for is fresh, smart, entertaining material.  And believe it or not, that's sometimes more challenging to find, even if you know where to look.

Funding platforms have allowed hundreds, if not thousands, of projects to move into production, but that doesn't mean that they should be made.  Personal Space is not only one that should be made, but it deserves your support. 

It's also a damned clever concept.

Packing Vacation Reads, Library Mysteries, New TV Adaptations & More!

Written by Alex C. Telander

Why Science Fiction Matters 
Not that this is really necessary, but here's a detailed article on the importance of the genre known as science fiction books.

Prince Books 
With the passing of this icon, here are some about him and his incredible work.

Cell is Coming 
A trailer has been released of the adaptation of Stephen King's zombie novel, Cell. 

Win BOB HOPE: ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS on DVD!


The legendary Bob Hope, one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, was best known for his Christmas specials. Traveling with special guests, he visited US troops in dozens of locations around the world, performing on battleships and battlefields -- and sometimes even accompanied by the sound of fighter jets overhead. His missions were often dangerous, his schedule brutal, yet for thousands of servicemen and women far from home there was no one like Hope for the holidays.

On May 10, Time Life, creator and direct marketer of unique music and home entertainment products, will deliver BOB HOPE: ENTERTAINING THE TROOPS, a single DVD featuring three TV Christmas Specials: a rare, never-before-released 1951 special from The Korean War Era , along with shows from 1970 and 1971 - two of the most-watched shows in TV history! Featuring Hope's hilarious monologues and guest stars aplenty, these shows prove that laughter is truly the best medicine, regardless of the time zone or terrain. With this DVD release, Hope's fans will enjoy more than two and a half hours of Hope's house calls across three special troop shows:

The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the World with the USO
(Original Airdate: January 15, 1970) -- Hope and company embark on another Christmas tour to entertain the troops, starting with a send-off from the White House. The 16-day tour then continues through Germany, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Guam, and on-board the USS Ranger and the USS Sanctuary. Highlights include Neil Armstrong, recently back from his historic moon walk, answering questions from the service members, and Connie Stevens singing the "Wedding Bell Blues" to four service members named Bill.

The Bob Hope Christmas Special: Around the Globe with the USO
(Original Airdate: January 14, 1971) -- Hope visits U.S. military bases to entertain the troops and bring them Christmas cheer, starting with rehearsals at West Point and with stops in England, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Alaska, and to the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean, and the USS Sanctuary in the South China Sea. Highlights include Hope and Lola Falana doing a song and dance, Hope trading zingers with Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, plus a routine with Ursula Andress, Gloria Loring and Miss World Jennifer Hosten.

Chesterfield Sound Off Time
(Airdate: December 23, 1951) - This rare, never-before-released special was filmed during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Boxer. Highlights include Hope and Connie Moore crooning "I Wanna Go Home (With You)", the Nicholas Brothers performing their acrobatic style of tap dancing, and Hope, in an extended comedy sketch, taking command of the ship and sailing it on a secret mission.

And we're giving away two copies on DVD!