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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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Contest: Win a Copy of 3D Gore Western Classic COMIN’ AT YA! on Blu-ray!
Enter to win the classic 3D gore western on Blu-ray. We reported here a few months ago that MVD Entertainment had locked the North American distribution rights to Western movie legend Tony Anthony’s splattery, ridiculously blood, bats, breast and boots in-yer-face 3D cult classic shock-fest COMIN AT YA!, one the last and most unique of…
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John Carpenter Books First U.S. Live Date for LOST THEMES Tour
John Carpenter and Sacred Bones Records add first US tour date. Yesterday we reported that the great John Carpenter was not only on the cusp of releasing a follow-up album to his acclaimed 2015 solo music collection LOST THEMES, but that he had a selection of International live concerts booked. Today Entertainment Weekly reported that…
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Alice Cooper’s Awesomely Awful MONSTER DOG Coming to Blu-ray!
Alice Cooper’s best/worst movie coming to Blu-ray. If you thought Italian genre movie machine Claudio Fragasso’s TROLL 2 was a laff riot, wait until you see his deranged 1984 flick MONSTER DOG! Though if you’re a horror fan of a certain vintage, chances are you have seen MONSTER DOG (aka LEVIATAN). The movie was a…
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Video: The Cast of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES Spill Their Guts!
The cast of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES open up. The article originally appeared on our sister site, www.ComingSoon.net. This Friday, Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice gets a dose of the undead as Screen Gems releases writer and director Burr Steers’ big-screen take on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s tongue in cheek literary adaptation, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.…
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Hail Satan! The Satanic Temple Launches Live Ritual and Screening Tour of THE WITCH
The Satanic Temple endorses hotly anticipated horror film THE WITCH. Now THIS is a great marketing hook! Beginning February 10 in New York City, The Satantic Temple (TST) will launch premiere screenings of the highly-anticipated historical horror film, THE WITCH, amid interactive performances and ritualized pronouncements of a “new Satanic era.” THE WITCH, opening in theaters…
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5 Totally Filthy Fright Films
SHOCK scrapes off 5 films to make you feel icky. This writer has hit the ground running this morning and, as of this writing, has yet to have his morning shower. Gross, right? I feel off. I feel sticky, heavy, grubby and unpleasant. And so, before I opt to scrub away the filth that has…
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