As cool as they may be – you can keep your Gremlins, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Die Hard, Christmas Evil and Santa’s Slay. 1958’s stylish, witchcraft laden Bell, Book and Candle is the perfect yuletide holiday film (with a genre bent).
With a nice portion of the proceedings occurring on Christmas Eve and Christmas, this tale of Gillian, a beguiling witch who falls in love with a mortal, is not only full of romance in the traditional sense, but director Richard Quine, also, establishes a love affair with the audience and the idea of winter in the big city. He and art director Cary Odell create New York City streets full of moody lighting, soft streaks of snow and glorious cavalcades of historic apartment buildings. It’s dreamy.
As Gillian, the divine Kim Novak is, also, in her arched eye brow prime here. She and James Stewart…
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These are what I feel are the best in horror cinema released this year, 2014. Like last year I’m being lazy and only presenting this list in pictures.
10. Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead
9. The Town that Dreaded Sundown
7. The Hunted
5. The Den
4. The Taking of Deborah Logan
2. Cheap Thrills
1. The Babadook
Honorable Mention (in order):Mockingbird, The Seasoning House, The Dead 2: India, Mr. Jones, In fear, The Returned, Deliver Us From Evil, Dracula Untold, Jinn, Late Phases
–Charles T. Cochran
In the Q&A (one of the extras on Arrow’s 2009 release) with director Nico Mastorakis there’s a brilliant moment when he asks a member of the audience: ‘What made you want to see this movie?’ and gets the reply: ‘ Because it was banned’. No truer word was spoken. Originally on the British censors video nasty hit list for its depictions of bestiality and graphic violence, Island of Death has been missing some 20-minutes of footage since its original release back in 1977. Now passed uncut, Island of Death has been resurrected by Arrow Video, giving video nasty aficionados a chance to finally see what was missing. To be honest, I couldn’t see what the fuss was about – especially considering the sordid stuff you can find today on the internet.
Shot on the cheap, during the off-season on the Greek island of Mykonos, with a group of English-speaking…
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With Canadian director Jason Eisener’s explosive exploitation homage screening tonight on Film4 at 10.55pm, the film’s star Rutger Hauer speaks out about why he took on such a crazy venture.
The reaction to Hobo With A Shotgun has been nothing short of phenomenal – and rightly so.
RUTGER HAUER: You know, not since the first test screening of The Hitcher in 1985 have I seen one of my movies get such a great audience reaction as Hobo has. It’s the only time that I’ve experienced watching a film with an audience where they know exactly what it is, and what you’re doing, and they know how to appreciate it – it was lovely.
How did you get involved with it, and what attracted you to the project?
HAUER: I’d say that about one third of my work involves projects I think I should gamble with, and the more I do…
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