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Conversations With Gary A. Sherman Part Two: DEAD & BURIED
Part two of our series of interviews with horror filmmaker Gary A. Sherman. Last week, SHOCK ran part one of our ongoing series of conversations with filmmaker Gary A. Sherman, beginning with an im-depth interview about the making of his mesmerizing 1973 horror classic DEATH LINE (aka RAW MEAT). Sherman is one of the most…
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Gordon Hessler’s MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE and Daniel Haller’s THE DUNWICH HORROR Come to Blu-ray
Scream Factory unleashes 2 more classic cult films from the AIP vaults.   Scream Factory continues to raid the amazing AIP vaults with the release of a pair of under-appreciated contemporary riffs on classic literary horrors, 1971’s bizarre Poe impression MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE and 1970’s psychedelic Lovecraftian head trip THE DUNWICH HORROR, coming…
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The Horror of Jennifer Jason Leigh
SHOCK takes a closer look at the darker roles of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. Love it or hate it (and this writer adored it) Quentin Tarantino’s epic, indulgent and malevolent 70mm Grand Guignol chamber drama THE HATEFUL EIGHT offers an embarrassment of unforgettable performances by a slew of solid actors that swirl and spit out…
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Cult Film Legend Jim VanBebber Stars in HOMEWRECKED
Notorious filmmaker stars in intense short shocker HOMEWRECKED. The controversial, visionary filmmaker and erstwhile actor Jim VanBebber (THE MANSON FAMILY, DEADBEAT AT DAWN) flexes his latter muscles in the new horror shot HOMEWRECKED, the latest film from writer, director, producer Michael S. Rodrqiguez (LAMB FEED). The film is complete and will be appearing at festivals…
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Interview: Actor Paul Koslo on the Making of THE OMEGA MAN
SHOCK talks to veteran 70s action movie star Paul Koslo about his role in 1971’s THE OMEGA MAN. In 1971, actor Paul Koslo starred in director Richard Sarafian’s existential 1971 automobile thriller VANISHING POINT. But that same year, Koslo also starred in the second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s influential novella I AM LEGEND, THE OMEGA…
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Jessie’s Saturday Night Fright Flick: Bruce McDonald’s PONTYPOOL
Movie junkie Jessie Robbins picks a fright flick for a Saturday night. Following the icy, wintry theme of last week’s look at 1982’s THE THING, this time on Jessie’s Saturday Night Fright Flick we will be discussing a film very close to my heart (and area code) with 2008’s PONTYPOOL. How close to my area…
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Sound SHOCK: Ron Grainer’s Score for 1971’s THE OMEGA MAN
SHOCK takes a look and listen to Ron Grainer’s lush score for 1971’s THE OMEGA MAN. Though it was rather faithfully adapted in 1964 with the Richard Matheson scripted (though credited under his pseudonym Logan Swanson) Italian/US co-production THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and then, decades later as the irreverently plotted but effective in tone…
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Watch Barbara Steele’s Stop-Motion Horror Short THE SHUTTERBUG MAN For Free
Canadian animated horror film THE SHUTTERBUG MAN now streaming for free. Your humble editor also makes his living as a filmmaker and musician. So it was with great excitement that, in 2014, I accepted Canadian animator Christopher Walsh‘s request to provide the score for his stop-motion horror film, THE SHUTTERBUG MAN. It was a thrill…
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The Art of Trash: Ryan Gosling’s LOST RIVER
A new column that draws clear lines between high art cinema and low trash exploitation. Genre cinema has often been thought to be the antithesis of the arthouse. Sure, people accept that there are artistically inclined genre films but these are often thought to be the exception and not the rule. While these lines have…
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Interview: Director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin on Going SOUTHBOUND
SHOCK talks to one of the director’s behind horror anthology SOUTHBOUND. Get ready for a road trip to hell. The horror anthology, SOUTHBOUND opens today (read our review here) and it tells five tales of terror that occur over a long, creepy stretch of highway. Each segment serves as a stand-alone narrative, but there’s a…
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Happy Birthday to George A. Romero!
SHOCK wants to wish a warm, reverent Happy Birthday to the Orson Welles of horror, Mr. George A. Romero. If you’re reading this site, chances are you don’t need any sort of education in regards to maverick writer/director/ producer George A. Romero‘s mark on film history. So we’ll just simply state the facts: without George…
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Texas-Shot Shocker TERROR BIRDS to Hatch in March
Feathered freak-out TERROR BIRDS to be released in March. Director Sean (JURASSIC CITY) Cain’s fowl fright flick TERROR BIRDS has just been slotted a Digital HD/On Demand release date of March 8th. Here’s the synopsis for the lean, mean, shot-in-Texas beaky bloodbath: College student Maddy Stern (Jessica Lee Keller) knows something is wrong when her…
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Chris Alexander’s SHOCK TREATMENT: A Love Letter to 3D Movies
In this ongoing SHOCK column, editor Chris Alexander muses on classic and contemporary films and media worthy of a deeper discussion. It occurred to me recently, as I exited the local multiplex after a film screening, that the kids today casually tossing their handsomely designed plastic 3D glasses into the designated recycle bins, have no…
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Why Amy Dunne in GONE GIRL is one of the Most Terrifying Women in Horror
Why Rosamund Pike’s Amy Dunne is one of horror cinema’s most malevolent creations. What’s in the box? This is a question that assumes a murderous significance in director David Fincher and writer Gillian Flynn’s adaptation of Flynn’s novel, GONE GIRL. Fincher has of course forced us to ask this question before and twenty years later…
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Exclusive Clip: Tristan Risk Shoots and Shakes in FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS
Check out this fun behind the scenes clip from the upcoming FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS! Contemporary exploitation film guru James Anthony Bickert (DEAR GOD, NO!) is getting ready to unleash his latest film, the supersonic DEAR GOD, NO! sequel/companion film FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS, a sex, violence, sleaze and sass-soaked shocker that runs 2 ½ hours long…
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