Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History



THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES

An Illustrated History


Edited by Stephen Jones
Foreword by John Landis
The ultimate guide to horror film art, tracing its history from
the Sinister Silents to the 2000s Maniacs!

In THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES: An Illustrated History (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books Hardcover; October 2017), multi-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer and editor Stephen Jones looks at the rich history of horror films, from their silent birth in the late nineteenth century to their full-blown explosion in the mid-century up to their present-day horrific, high-tech incarnations.

Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars profusely illustrated with over 600 rare images, including film posters, lobby cards, advertisements, promotional items, covers of tie-in books and magazines, and original artwork inspired by classic movies, this handsomely designed hardcover traces the development of the horror film from its inception, and celebrates the actors, filmmakers, and artists who were responsible for scaring the pants off successive generations of moviegoers!

“Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and Vincent Price—these gentlemen took pride in their efforts to create people (or monsters) who, though they were often grotesque and twisted, were fully realized characters,” says John Landis, director of the iconic American Werewolf in London. “Of course, sometimes they played magic, evil, or undead characters, but they always invested them with an emotional inner life.”

In THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES, you witness the pride artists have taken in developing and experimenting in this genre for over 100 years. With over 600 frightful film images, this volume brings together fascinating and incisive commentary from some of the genre’s most highly respected experts, including an illuminating foreword from John Landis. “Many horror film posters have become iconic and valuable collector’s items,” says Landis. “The posters for The Mummy (1932), King Kong, Creature from The Black Lagoon (1954), and (perhaps my favorite) Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) are all not only artistically pleasing, but act as moments remembered and treasured—souvenirs of the cinematic experience itself.”

With eye-popping images from all over the world, THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES is the definitive guide for anyone who loves horror films and movie fans of all ages.

ABOUT THE EDITOR
STEPHEN JONES has written and edited more than 140 books and is widely considered to be a world expert on the subjects of horror fiction and film. He is the winner of multiple awards for his work, including the prestigious World Fantasy Award and Bram Stoker Award, and is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

VCI Entertainment - Fall 2017 Release Schedule


VCI Entertainment - Fall 2017 Release Schedule


Ruby [Dual Format] (September 12)

One Million B.C. [DVD and Blu-ray] (October 17)

Go, Johnny Go! (October 17)

Mussolini: The Untold Story (October 17)

Satan's Cheerleaders [Dual Format] (November 7)

The Aftermath [Dual Format] (November 7)

MORE INFO ON EACH TITLE BELOW

VCI Entertainment, the oldest surviving home video company in the USA, specializes in acquiring, restoring and preserving classic motion pictures from the 1930s, and beyond. These properties are then distributed in all medias worldwide. 

Robert Blair, President of VCI said, "We wholeheartedly continue the tradition my father began almost 50 years ago: of finding, preserving and distributing classic (and sometimes eclectic) movies, spanning decades of film production and many popular genres, of the highest-quality reproductions we can procure. Our goal is to become the leading independent supplier of archival quality classic film and television entertainment. It's an ambitious goal, but we think it is a noble one."

The VCI film library contains over 5,000 titles. VCI also created the made-for-video genre, with the production and release of Blood Cult (1985). 

VCI is also a strong supporter of independent producers and directors, and actively seeks out eclectic and cult movies for distribution.


Ruby [Blu-ray + DVD]
Christened in blood. Raised in sin. She's sweet sixteen, let the PARTY begin.
First time on Blu-ray from a new 2K film transfer from the original 35mm negative of the original theatrical version. She's sweet sixteen and her mama (Piper Laurie - the mother in the horror classic Carrie) wants to send her away. The deaf-mute daughter retaliates by calling up the spirit of her murdered father and in one terrifying night of horror, he exacts his revenge.











One Million B.C.
SEE THE MOST EXCITING ADVENTURE IN A MILLION YEARS!
One Million B.C. is a 1940 American historical epic fantasy film produced by Hal Roach Studios and released by United Artists. Boy meets girl - prehistoric style, in this classic of man's battle to survive against the terrors of the prehistoric world. Dinosaurs, savage nature and man and a gigantic erupting volcano are part of the camp adventure classic.











Go, Johnny Go!
See 10 Great Rock 'N Roll Stars! Hear 17 Great Rock 'N Roll Hits!
Rock & Roll changed 1950s America at 45 revolutions per minute, and the swinging-est of the R&R movies was the electrifying Go, Johnny, Go!. Hung on the loose storyline of d.j. great Alan Freed's search for the next big star.













Mussolini: The Untold Story
The story of "Il Duce," a gripping, original, seven-hour NBC miniseries starring superb actor George C. Scott, giving his most magnificent portrayal ever as the infamous dictator......Mussolini.

















Satan's Cheerleaders [Blu-ray + DVD]
The Satanic kitsch classic!
Benedict High School's cheerleaders aren't shy and sweet. Will the cheerleaders succumb to the dark ritual of sexual sacrifice and death that's been plotted for them' Only those who dare watch will know!















Aftermath, The [Blu-ray + DVD]
What comes after World War III?
A spaceship returns from deep space to find the Earth in "The Aftermath" of a nuclear and biological war. The streets are filled with mutated survivors feeding off the weak and a Manson-like figure called Cutter (Sid Haig) is reigning terror down on all others. Cutter and his gang of mercenary thugs are systematically murdering all the male survivors and enslaving women and children.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fright-Rag releases Stephen King's IT cover art shirt, plus Halloween & Hellraiser III collections



Fright-Rag releases Stephen King's IT cover art shirt, plus Halloween & Hellraiser III collections
$5 from every IT shirt donated to Hurricane Harvey relief fund
All items on sale now at Fright-Rags.com

Before Pennywise returns in the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT, Fright-Rags has teamed with original artist Robert Giusti to bring the novel's haunting cover art to apparel for the first time ever. It's available on T-shirts, baseball tees, and hoodies.

What makes the IT release even more special is that $5 from every shirt sold during its first print run will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.



Rob Zombie's Halloween celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, and Fright-Rags commemorates the event with a new collection of shirts. Michael Myers silently stalks on four new designs, including one that glows in the dark.



Fright-Rags offers the heights of ecstasy with the Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth collection. Three new tees - all highlighting the unmistakable visage of Pinhead - are available, along with the poster artwork reworked as a shirt design.

IT, Rob Zombie's Halloween, and Hellraiser III collections on sale now at Fright-Rags.com.

Stay tuned for more September releases, including John Carpenter's Halloween, Trick 'r Treat, and General Mills monster cereals apparel!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW - 6 DISC COLLECTION



TO COMMEMORATE THE LANDMARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY 
OF "THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW," TIME LIFE BRINGS TOGETHER THE VERY BEST MOMENTS FROM ALL 11 YEARS -
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW


Available on October 3rd, This Uproarious 6-Disc Collection 50 Years 
in the Making Includes 16 Episodes Fresh from the Vaults (12 New-to-Retail and 4 All-Time Classics), Specially-Produced Featurettes, a Brand-New Interview with Carol, Never-Before-Seen Bloopers and More!

On September 11, 1967, Carol Burnett and her madcap cast took to the airwaves on CBS for a new variety series that combined sketch comedy, singing and dancing. Little did they know that
The Carol Burnett Show would become an Emmy Award-winning program and survive the changing tastes of TV audiences to last eleven seasons.  Now, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark TV institution, Time Life will release THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW, which includes the best of the best, from all 11 seasons, together for the very first time!

Across 6 discs ($59.95srp), home audiences will be thrilled to discover hilarious episodes that haven't been seen since they originally aired, plus some of Burnett's most beloved classics on 16 fresh-from-the-vaults episodes.  Classic shows include the very first episode with Jim Nabors and the emotional, double length series finale, as well as some of the best-loved, fan-favorite sketches including "Mrs. Wiggins," "Carol and Sis," "The Oldest Man," "The Family," As the Stomach Turns, as well as a marathon of movie spoofs, along with commercial spoofs and some amazing bloopers.   Incredible guest stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Steve Lawrence, Rock Hudson, Burt Reynolds, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth and Carl Reiner, along with lavish stage productions grace each disc; and, Carol's question-and-answer openers with the studio audiences are no less entertaining.  She might offer a hug or a shout out, or flee from a rampaging gorilla after letting loose with one of her Tarzan yells.  Audiences loved Carol, and she loved them. Watch any show and you'll agree: she's still crazy and funny after all these years!

Aside from non-stop laughs, THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW also features exclusive new bonus features: including a new interview with Carol Burnett, specially-produced featurettes: "11 Years of Laughter on The Carol Burnett Show" and "The End of 11 Years: Saying So Long" and never-before-seen bloopers.

Day-and-date, Time Life will also release two additional configurations of THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: a 4-disc collection ($39.95srp), available exclusively at Walmart, and a DVD single ($12.95srp), available nationally at retail.

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

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THE BEST OF THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW
Type:  DVD (6 Discs; 4-Disc and Single)
Running Time: 806 mins. (6 Disc)
Rating:  N/A
Genre:  TV DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 (4:3)
Audio:  Stereo

Saturday, September 16, 2017

NO FUTURE: Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture, 1976-1984



No FuturePunk, Politics and British Youth Culture, 1976-1984By Matthew WorleyPub Date October 2017 | Paperback| 480 pp |



“Punk inspired both political engagement and cynicism. It also
encouraged, alongside the industrial culture that emerged
simultaneously,the explorationofsexual,psychologicaland
delinquentextremes;anything to escape the banality of late
twentieth-century living. To understand punk’s politics,
therefore, is not to find philosophical clarity or the basis of a
movement. Rather, the politics of punk resided in itsrefusal and
its practice: a recognition that‘blind acceptance is a sign of stupid
fools who stand in line’”

No Feelings. No Fun. No Future. The years 1976–84 saw punk emerge and evolve as a fashion, a musical form, an attitude and an aesthetic. Against a backdrop of social fragmentation, violence, high unemployment and socio-economic change, punk rejuvenated and re-energized British youth culture, inserting marginal voices and political ideas into pop. Fanzines and independent labels flourished; an emphasis on doing it yourself enabled provincial scenes to form beyond London's media glare. This was the period of Rock Against Racism and benefit gigs for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the striking miners.

Matthew Worley charts the full spectrum of punk's cultural development from the Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and Slits through the post-punk of Joy Division, the industrial culture of Throbbing Gristle and onto the 1980s diaspora of anarcho-punk, Oi! and goth and recaptures punk's anarchic force as a medium through which the frustrated and the disaffected could reject, revolt and re-invent


About the Author
Matthew Worley is a Professor of Modern History at the University of Reading. He has written extensively on British politics in the interwar period, and more recently on the relationship between youth culture and politics in the 1970s and 1980s. Articles on punk-related themes have been published in History Workshop Journal, Twentieth Century British History, and Contemporary British History. Recent works include Oswald Mosley and the New Party (2010) and, as a co-founder of the Subcultures Network, contributions to books such as Fight Back: Punk, Politics and Resistance (2015) and Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of 'Consensus'

Friday, September 15, 2017

GIVEAWAY COMING SOON: Kafkaesque 80s throwback horror, Cronenberg meets Orwell — WEAPONIZED, publishing Oct 31



This Halloween Inkshares is publishing Zac Thompson's dystopian horror novel WEAPONIZED, winner of the 2016 CryptTV horror fiction contest. For fans of It Follows, WEAPONIZED is a Kafkaesque eighties throwback horror that subverts the slasher genre with a refreshing take on body horror, and the twisted, violent, burgeoning sexuality that underpins the genre. WEAPONIZED is Thompson's debut novel.

Thompson is a writer from Prince Edward Island. He is best known for his critically acclaimed comic book series The Dregs. His work has also appeared in IGN, The Huffington Post, and VICE.

"A horror genre level-up akin to the twisted classics of Clive Barker with the social relevance of It Follows. Zac Thompson crafts an uncomfortably dystopian world with a sense of dread that mounts with each page. Engaging, twisted and drenched in gore, this is a perfectly crafted nightmare." —Kate Krantz, CryptTV

"Dystopia done right. Cronenberg meets Orwell in this terrifying vision of the future." —Mark Alan Miller, writer of Hellraiser, Next Testament, and The Steam Man

"Zac Thompson brings body horror to The River's Edge where it rightfully belongs. If you've ever fathomed Cronenberg updating The Scarlet Letter, or have dreamed of Greg Araki rebooting Street Trash, you still won't be prepared for Weaponized." —Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Rest Area


MOOSTERBLOG HAS BEEN GRANTED EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO HOST A GIVEAWAY OF WEAPONIZED AROUND HALLOWEEN. MORE INFO TO FOLLOW!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

PATSY CLINE’S INIMITABLE LIFE AND LEGACY EXAMINED IN NEW DVD, WHEN PATSY CLINE WAS … CRAZY



PATSY CLINE’S INIMITABLE LIFE AND LEGACY EXAMINED IN NEW DVD, WHEN PATSY CLINE WAS … CRAZY, FEATURING ACCLAIMED AMERICAN MASTERS DOCUMENTARY AND EXCLUSIVE BONUS MATERIAL

NARRATED BY ROSANNE CASH, DOC FEATURES EXCLUSIVE ARCHIVAL MATERIAL, RARE PERFORMANCES, AND NEW INTERVIEWS WITH REBA MCENTIRE, LEANN RIMES, KACEY MUSGRAVES, RHIANNON GIDDENS, BEVERLY D’ANGELO AND OTHERS 

AVAILABLE OCTOBER 6 VIA UMe

COUNTRY LEGEND WOULD HAVE TURNED 85 TODAY

Widely considered one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time, Patsy Cline, in her brief but extraordinary career, made a colossal impact on country and pop music. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Va., Cline was a trailblazer who defined modern country music, and broke down barriers of gender, class and genre. In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry biases and her own personal hardships, she achieved enormous success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30 in 1963.

Today, on what would have been her 85th birthday, UMe is proud to announce that Cline’s remarkable life and enduring legacy will be honored in When Patsy Cline Was… Crazy, a new DVD, available October 6, that collects the acclaimed PBS documentary, Patsy Cline: American Masters, and a wealth of exclusive bonus material comprised of themed additional interview footage and rare vintage performances. Pre-order When Patsy Cline Was… Crazy now: https://UMe.lnk.to/PatsyDoc

With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film, hailed by Yahoo! as “a beautifully assembled salute to one of the most important singers in country-music history” and “a work of fresh scholarship that’s also highly entertaining,” features rare performances of such Cline classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray,” “Come On In,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “You Made Me Love You” and more, alongside exclusive archival interviews with Cline’s contemporaries, and new interviews with a wide range of artists who have been influenced by Cline: Reba McEntire, Wanda Jackson, LeeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Beverly D’Angelo, Bill Anderson, Rhiannon Giddens, Callie Khouri, Mickey Guyton, Terri Clark, and more. The bonus material contains nearly an hour of additional interviews as well as Willie Nelson performing his original version of “Crazy” and Clark, unplugged in her living room, playing a verse of “Walkin’ After Midnight.” An accompanying booklet includes classic photos of Cline and an essay by noted author Robert K. Oermann.

“It’s been such a privilege to tell the story of Patsy Cline,” said Emmy-nominated director and producer Barbara J. Hall (Song by Song, Titanic: Band of Courage). “For me, her story exceeds her musical accomplishments. She is in a rare class of women who simply set out to achieve their dreams and through those efforts left an indelible mark.”

Narrated by Rosanne Cash and produced by TH Entertainment LLC., When Patsy Cline Was… Crazy examines the roots of Cline’s impact in both personal and cultural terms to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and, with Decca Records producer Owen Bradley, synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way to create the Nashville Sound.

Cline boldly bucked female conventions of the 1950s with her fashion sense, her decision to divorce, her support of fellow female artists, and her assertive ambition to get opportunities equal to those of her male Nashville peers, such as the same kind of headliner billing and radio airplay, particularly after breaking free of her unfavorable contract with Four Star Records. Six years after her national breakthrough on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS, 1957), she died in a plane crash returning home from a benefit performance. In 1973, ten years after her death, she became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her many posthumous honors include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a U.S. postage stamp. She was also portrayed in the Oscar-winning feature film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) by D’Angelo and in Sweet Dreams (1985) by Jessica Lange.