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. Some of the most infamous and beloved 3-D titles in history were released during this era; the majority have not seen the light of the projector bulb in over 30 years, but they are ready to be re-discovered! We will spotlight a combination of famous films and extreme rarities from the era. Our day long endurance test will include the following:
SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE
1983 / 35mm / Dir. Lamont Johnson / 90 minutes
This mash-up of space opera heroics and MAD MAX inspired post-apocalyptic mayhem might not be the most original science fiction film of all time, but SPACEHUNTER: ADVENTURES IN THE FORBIDDEN ZONE does distinguish itself from other derivative genre efforts by containing some pretty impressive depth 3-D cinematography. It also boasts an interesting pedigree, as it was produced by Canadian comedy wunderkind Ivan Reitman (GHOSTBUSTERS) and co-written by Reitman’s pal Len Blum (MEATBALLS, STRIPES, HEAVY METAL). SPACEHUNTER follows the adventures of Wolff (Peter Strauss), a roguish space pilot who intercepts a distress signal indicating that the survivors of a crashed starliner—who also happen to be beautiful and female--are being held prisoner by the mutated warlord Overdog (iconic baddie Michael Ironside). It’s up to Wolff and a plucky young orphan (Molly Ringwald) to enter the wasteland known as “The Zone” in order to rescue the captives from the clutches of the malevolent mutants!
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III 3-D
1982 / 35mm / Dir. Steve Miner / 95 minutes
While not necessarily the best installment in the series, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III is arguably the most influential slasher sequel of all time due to its introduction of the iconic hockey mask that would soon become a horror movie hallmark. Moreover, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IIIfeatures some of the most entertaining 3-D gags in cinema history, including an impressive assortment of deadly weapons protruding from the screen. The story is nothing new: unstoppable killer Jason Voorhees, apparently recovered from his injuries at the end of the last film, finds a new slew of torpid teens to terrorize. Rarely screened in its original 3-D format, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III is an entertaining departure from the predictability of the average slasher movie.
1983 / 35mm / Dir. Joe Alves / 99 minutes
Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the novel JAWS is one of the most harrowing movies ever made, and was a colossal critical and box office smash that indisputably changed cinema forever. Its first sequel, however, JAWS 2, was a pale imitation of the original classic that underwhelmed audiences and seemingly closed the door on future follow-ups. But when the new wave (ha-ha) of 3-D movies in the early 1980’s started making big bucks, Universal decided it was time to bring Bruce the Shark back to the surface for hopefully another feeding frenzy. Thus was born JAWS 3-D, a paradox of a movie that manages to be a further blight on the pristine legacy of the original while simultaneously winning over viewers with its goofy, charming 3-D shtick. JAWS 3-D loosely ties itself to the previous films by centering on the adult sons of Roy Scheider’s character Chief Martin Brody. Michael Brody (now played by Dennis Quaid) and his girlfriend Kay (Bess Armstrong) are employees of Sea World (!) who must contend with yet another massive great white shark that has somehow infiltrated the park’s waterways. Together with Michael’s younger brother Sean and park director Calvin Bouchard (the always entertaining Louis Gossett Jr.), Michael and Kay must find a way to protect the guests and fend off the fearsome fish!
1983 / 35mm / Dir. Richard Fleischer / 89 minutes
Director Richard Fleischer had a long and varied career in Hollywood: the son of animation pioneer Max Fleischer, Richard Fleischer made a name for himself by tackling films in disparate genres. He directed historical epics (THE VIKINGS, BARABBAS) fanciful science fiction favorites (Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, FANTASTIC VOYAGE, SOYLENT GREEN), action movies (MR. MAJESTYK, TORA! TORA! TORA!) and even musicals (the infamous remake of THE JAZZ SINGER starring Neil Diamond). At the end of his career, however, Fleischer found himself cranking out B-movies for Dino De Laurentis, including AMITYVILLE 3-D, yet another third entry in a series attempting to capitalize off of the 3-D craze. The “true” story of the Lutz family from the original AMITYVILLE HORROR film is abandoned in favor of a stand-alone tale: an investigative journalist (Tony Roberts) who specializes in exposing hoaxes turns his attention towards the infamous Amityville home. Before long, however, weird occurrences, a spate of “accidental” deaths, and a conspicuous pit to hell in the basement lead him to suspect that there may be something supernatural happening after all. Keep an eye out for a young Meg Ryan in one of her first film roles.
LOVE IN 3-D
1973 / 35mm / Dir. Walter Boos / 93 minutes
We end the marathon with our guiltiest pleasure of all: LOVE IN 3-D is a German sexploitation film from Walter Boos, director of the notorious “Schoolgirl Report” movies. LOVE IN 3-D follows the same format as that saucy series: numerous vignettes—some humorous, some “cautionary”—focus on the sexual foibles and failings of lusty German men and women. This time, however, the added magic of 3-D brings the titillation to previously unseen levels. Audiences can expect assorted naughty bits popping off of the screen, as well as good old fashioned and wholesome 3-D gags that make LOVE IN 3-D one of the most unusual and entertaining movies in the sexploitation genre!
Saturday, September 16th
1 PM - 11:30pm - $40 reserved seating
Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers
2548 Central Park Ave., Yonkers, NY 10710
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Escape Room DVD and Digital HD Release Details: Press Release: "SANTA MONICA, CA (August 9, 2017) – An innocent night of fun turns into a cruel game for survival when Escape Room arrives on DVD, Digital HD and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. The claustrophobic thriller filled to the brim with inventive terror stars Evan Williams (TV’s “Awkward” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation”), Annabelle Stephenson (TV’s “Revenge”), and Billy Flynn (TV’s “Days of our Lives”).
For Tyler’s 30th birthday, his girlfriend Christen gets him an unusual gift: admission to a mysterious escape room event. As they enter with four friends, they find themselves trapped in bizarre rooms where they must solve tricky puzzles in order to advance. But Christen has disappeared, and Tyler is shocked to see her on a video monitor, naked and trapped in a cage while the seconds count down. When the cruel game begins to turn deadly, he realizes they may not all escape with their lives.
The Escape Room DVD will include a director’s commentary, deleted scenes, and bloopers. Just in time for Halloween, the DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.
DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: © 2016 Escape Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Home Entertainment Premiere
Rating: R for Horror Violence, Language Throughout, Nudity, and Some Sexual Material
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Feature Run Time: 81 Minutes
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen 2.40:1 Presentation
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio."
Paperbacks From Hell: Press Release: "After a successful pilot season in Fall 2016 at the now-defunct Morbid Anatomy Museum, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC will relaunch in Fall 2017 at its new home, The Film Noir Cinema, in the heart of Greenpoint (a short walk from the Nassau Ave stop on the G).
The acclaimed lecture series will kick off with Grady Hendrix, the author of Horrorstör and My Best Friend’s Exorcism, presenting a live performance and launch for his new book about the lurid world of 70s horror pulps, PAPERBACKS FROM HELL.
In the early ’70s, three books changed horror forever: Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, and The Other. The first horror novels to hit bestseller lists since 1940, they opened the floodgates for an avalanche of horror paperbacks to flood supermarket and drugstore shelves throughout the ’70s and ’80s, before Silence of the Lambs slit the genre’s throat in the early ’90s.
Fresh off last year's one-man show, SUMMERLAND LOST, Grady Hendrix delivers a mind-melting oral history of this wild and woolly world of Nazi leprechauns, skeleton doctors, killer crabs, killer jellyfish, and killer fetuses, featuring hair-raising readings, a William W. Johnstone quote-off, and more tales of terrifying tots, tricycles, clowns, puppets, and heavy metal bands than should be strictly legal. Prepare yourself for a tour of this long-lost universe of terror that lurked behind the lurid, foil-embossed, die-cut covers of... the Paperbacks from Hell!
PLUS! Following Grady's illustrated presentation will be a live round table discussion and Q+A with several artists who painted the book covers under discussion, including:
Jill Bauman - if you've seen a doll on a horror paperback cover, it was probably painted by Jill Bauman. A longtime fan favorite, she has illustrated covers for everyone from Harlan Ellison, to Ramsey Campbell, to Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Peter Straub.
Lisa Falkenstern - the award-winning artist, Lisa Falkenstern, has painted some of the most memorable horror covers in the business, and she was the regular VC Andrews cover artist for 15 years.
Thomas Hallman - still painting book covers today, Tom Hallman's distinctive style has graced everything from forgotten creature horror novels like Gila! to popular paperbacks like Stephen King's The Green Mile.
There will be books available for sale at the event.
About the Instructor:
Grady Hendrix is the author of Horrorstör, the only novel about a haunted Scandinavian furniture superstore you’ll ever need. It has been translated into 14 languages and is being made into a TV show by Gail Berman (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl). His next novel, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, about demonic possession, friendship, exorcism, and the Eighties, was released by Quirk Books in May 2016. Grady was also a co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival, and his stories about UFO cults, killer Chinese parasites, Cthulhu dating your mom, and super-genius human-hating apes have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, Pseudopod, and The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination.
About the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a community-based organization that was founded by film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse (author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films) in Canada in March of 2010 and now has branches in Montreal, London and New York. Miskatonic NYC operates under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and film journalist/festival coordinator Joe Yanick.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies: PAPERBACKS FROM HELL
Tuesday September 19th, 2017 – 7:00pm-9:30pm
Film Noir Cinema – 122 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Admission $12 advance / $15 door
Godzilla FAQ: "Godzilla FAQ - All That's Left to Know About the King of the Monsters Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Author: Brian Solomon
He is the Lizard King – well, the King of the Monsters – he can do anything. Since he first romped onto the silver screen in 1954, no other character in all of the international cinema has been as beloved by American audiences as Godzilla. Despite the modern film industry's affinity for franchises and cinematic universes, he remains one of its most enduring and popular characters, with a total of twenty-eight motion pictures (not even including two American reboots!) under his massive belt. From his home base in Japan, where the legendary Toho Pictures first put him on the map, Godzilla has gone on to become an international phenomenon, a pop culture avatar, a movie monster unrivaled in both size and appeal.
The latest installment in Applause Theatre and Cinema Books' FAQ series, Brian Soloman's Godzilla FAQ is a broad and varied exploration of the monumental, fire-breathing radioactive lizard that has roared his way into our hearts over a sixty-year reign of terror. By pairing a colloquial text with a wide array of illustrations and visual media, this 400-page survey encourages readers to drop in and out of the book, as every chapter serves as a self-supporting article on a given subject. Written by a lifelong Godzilla fan and pop culture critic, Godzilla FAQ offers a comprehensive rundown of every Godzilla film ever made, in-depth biographies of major players in the franchise's history, and enough raw information to rebuild a ravaged Tokyo. Don't miss out on this ideal gift for cinema fans, lizard lovers, and pop culture fiends of all ages!"
Ghastlies Blu-ray, DVD, and HD Digital Release Announced: Press Release: "Camp Motion Pictures announced today that its newest feature film GHASTLIES will hit home entertainment November 11, 2017, in both Blu-Ray / DVD combo and HD digital formats.
Executive Produced by Camp Motion Pictures owner Michael Raso and directed by genre stalwart Brett Kelly, GHASTLIES is a practical- FX-laden nod to small creature movies of the 80s with enough genuine scares to make even a seasoned horror fan check under the bed! Camp Motion Pictures is proud to bring GHASTLIES to home entertainment as a DVD/Blu-Ray combo with double-sided wrap and loaded with extras.
Synopsis: Three sorority sisters plan an initiation for their nerdy friend during a weekend getaway. Things don’t go exactly as planned when they accidentally stumble upon a craft containing a trio of extraterrestrial ghastly ghouls! Armed with only their boyfriends and brains, they resolve to send these pint-sized gatecrashers back to the edge of the universe - or die trying.
GHASTLIES is an exuberant homage to 80s tiny critter movies featuring a tubular electro-pop score.
GHASTLIES Blu-Ray / DVD and Technical Specs
Formats: DVD/ Blu-Ray Combo, HD Digital
Street Date – 11/07/2017
Catalog code - cmp-3217
SRP - $34.95
Run Time Feature – 76 minutes
Director: Brett Kelly
Executive Producer: Michael Raso
Stars: Kim Valentine, Jessica Huether, Julie Mainville, Eric Deniverville, Joel Elliot
Original Score by Tomb Dragomir
About Camp Motion Pictures
Showcasing vintage and contemporary films that embody the 80s shot-on-video do-it-yourself esthetic. Notable releases include The Basement, Video Violence, Splatter Farm and Call Girl of Cthulhu."
Mountain Fever Trailer and Poster Revealed: Press Release: "London, UK – DATE 01/08/2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The independent survivalist-thriller Mountain Fever will receive its world premiere at Horror Channel’s Frightfest film festival in London, UK on Saturday, 26th August. In anticipation of the premiere screening, a new teaser and poster have been released.
Mountain Fever is an ice-cold thriller about a hapless Englishman who, hostage in his own home, is forced to team up with his captor to fight off the survivors of a fatal pandemic.
Set during an unforgiving Alpine winter, featuring a sledgehammer-wielding villain and an ass-kicking female lead, Mountain Fever promises genre fans bone-shattering new chills.
Read the official synopsis below:
A fatal flu pandemic has plunged Europe into chaos. City boy Jack takes refuge in the Alps but he’s ill-equipped to survive the harsh winter. Things only get worse when renegade Kara breaks into his house and commandeers his dwindling food supplies.
His inept plan to get rid of her disintegrates when outsiders invade, turning the hostile Kara into his only ally.
Little does he know that Kara is the source of all the trouble and that the weather-hardened locals will do anything to get to her. Stuck in the middle of a bitter siege, Jack must choose a side if he hopes to survive.
The film is the feature debut of director Hendrik Faller, an independent filmmaker working in London looking to bring this unique British-led alpine thriller to international audiences.
“I wanted to explore human nature in extreme circumstances. What are we capable of when life becomes a pure act of survival?” Hendrik Faller says is the question driving his movie. “Mountain Fever is a nail-biting survivalist thriller that pits its characters against each other as their situation devolves into maximum desperation. I think genre fans are going to love the cat and mouse game that ensues.” There’s also literally a cat, Hendrik Faller points out. “We have a one-eyed kazak cat who plays a fantastic little role, we even have a horse... But the most surprising character is Kara. She’s this mysterious, gas mask wearing stranger who pistol-whips her way through the men in our film. She’s a real dark horse, twisting our snow-heaped tale in ways the audience just cannot predict. It’s a really wild journey and I believe our viewers are going to be on the edge of their seats from start to finish!”
For tickets to the world premiere on Saturday, 26th August visit the Frightfest website. To learn more about Mountain Fever visit, www.mountainfevermovie.com or follow the film on Twitter or Facebook."