#33-October 2001
CLUB NEWS 
1.WELCOME TO THE CHARLIE WITTIG EDITION OF THE ICS FILES 
2.OUR SHERLOCKIAN SEPTEMBER WAS SENSATIONAL
3.OCTOBER I: THE BASICS
4.OCTOBER II: THE MOVIES
5.OCTOBER III: THE DINNER
6.OCTOBER IV: THE ALL-NIGHTER
7.OCTOBER V: FAVORITE LINES
8.OCTOBER VI: COSTUMES
9.THE ICS DOES THE ........................................FANEX FALL SPOOKTACULAR
10.GET WELL WISHES
11.WE BOUGHT A BULB!
12.CALENDAR STATUS
13.LOTR EN MASSE
TV NEWS
14.THE GLASS TEAT
With news about STARGATE SG-1, FARSCAPE and SPECIAL UNIT 2. 
15.BABYLON 5: LEGEND OF THE RANGERS HAS A NEW AND IMPROVED SITE
16.DAWN THE VAMPIRE SLAYER?
17.ENTERPRISE HELPS TO RENEW THE TREK FRANCHISE
18.SOME TREK FANS HATE THE ENTERPRISE THEME
19.FARSCAPE SEASON WILL HAVE A BIG ENDING
20.JERI RYAN - FROM 7 OF 9 TO 9/11
21.ABC AND FOX DUEL OVER TIME TUNNEL
22.LUCY LAWLESS BLABS ABOUT THE X-FILES
23.TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES FOR ON BASIC CABLE
24.TV: HALLOWEEN COMES TO THE SMALL SCREEN!
25.OCTOBER TV CALENDAR
EVENT NEWS 
26.THINGS TO COME
LITERARY NEWS
27.SABERHAGEN RETURNS TO THE BESERKERS
28.SPIDEY WILL ADDRESS THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACK
29.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES
30.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
MOVIE NEWS
31.QUICK TAKES
With news on STAR WARS: EPISODE II, Issac Asimov's "The Ugly Little Boy," the MUMMY series and a possible MI3. 
32.WAS A.I. TOO INTELLIGENT FOR THE U.S.?
33.SIGOURNEY WEAVER IS TEASING US ABOUT ALIEN 5 AGAIN
34.E.T. GETS A MINOR MAKEOVER IN LIGHT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS
35.STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE GEEKS!
36.EPISODE II GAG REEL IN THE WORKS
37.HAYDEN RELATES TO ANAKIN'S TRANSFORMATION
38.BRUCE WILLIS HAS STOPPED BEING AN ACTION HERO AS OF SEPT. 11
39.DE NIRO'S PATRIOTIC STAND
40.CHUCK NORRIS IS STUNNED AT HOW CLOSELY THE ATTACKS MIRROR HIS NEW MOVIE
41.RICHARD GERE ADVOCATES TREATING THE TERRORISTS WITH LOVE
42.JACKIE CHAN WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPT. 11
43.DON'T LOOK FOR A STREAM OF PATRIOTIC HOLLYWOOD EXTRAVAGANZAS
44.MORE PRODUCTION PANICS SINCE SEPTEMBER 11
45.HOLLYWOOD SOUNDS A LONG, COLLECTIVE, "DUUUUUHHHHH"
46.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
With reports on the premieres of JOY RIDE, TRAINING DAY, IRON MONKEY, FROM HELL, THE LAST CASTLE, BONES, K-PAX and 13 GHOSTS . 
INTERNET NEWS
47.THE BRONZE IS BACK, SORT OF
TECHNOLOGY NEWS
48.REPLAY TV, THE NEXT GENERATION
VIDEO NEWS
49.DEEP DISCOUNTS ON DVD's ONLINE
50.BLOCKBUSTER IS NOW SERVING GRILLED SWORDFISH
51.THE FINAL FANTASY DVD IS A THRILLER
52.THE BUFFY DVD IS FINALLY SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
53.SHATNER MIND MELDS WITH NIMOY
54.DVD ENHANCES EPISODE I
55.NEW LINE BECOMES LORD OF THE DVD AND VCR
56.MICHAEL GROSS BATTLES THE WORMS IN ROUND THREE
57.VIDEOCY
FAREWELLS
58.THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
We remember Samuel Z. Arkoff. 
IN REVIEW
59. OCTOBER CALENDAR
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1.WELCOME TO THE CHARLIE WITTIG EDITION OF THE ICS FILES 
    Have you ever seen one of those bumper stickers that says "IF YOU CAN READ THIS THANK YOUR TEACHER"? Well, since you're reading this edition of "The ICS Files," you can thank Mr. Charlie Wittig
    Had this been a couple of months ago, I would have said that my computer underwent a terrorist attack. Since we now know just how horrific that is, I'll simply say that my computer underwent a cyber-mugging. A virus invaded my computer, looked through my documents, and started sending pieces of them, and other peoples private files, at random out to unsuspecting (and confused) recipients. Accompanied with lots of other software limps and sprains, my computer was basically toast. I saved what files I could and then wiped the hard drive. Charlie breathed life back into the old girl and, as a result, you've got a new edition of "The ICS Files" before you. 
    Charlie, thanks for the hours and effort getting me back up and running. This issue is dedicated to you. 

2.OUR SHERLOCKIAN SEPTEMBER WAS SENSATIONAL 
    Dave Henderson's Sherlock Holmes presentation and movie were a hit. We learned about the various incarnations of Holmes on the screen. The movie that we watched, A STUDY IN TERROR, won with our single largest vote-count (20). We followed up with a very enthusiastic business meeting. It was a hit! 

3.OCTOBER I: THE BASICS 
    Our October meeting/Halloween ho-down will be held on Saturday October 27 at 6:00 P.M. at the church hall behind the Perry Hall Presbyterian Church located at 8848 BelAir Road. Take Baltimore Beltway exit 32 north on BelAir Road. Turn left onto Joppa Road. Immediately past the miniature golf course turn left into the parking lot. If you miss it there are ample turn-around opportunities. If you get stuck call 410-598-8005. That's Dave Henderson's cell phone. He'll talk you in. 

4.OCTOBER II: THE MOVIES 
    John Ward is bringing us a healthy dose of Hitchcock. That familiar black silhouette will be visiting us for October to bring us tales of madness and murder. Many thanks here go to Rick Rieve, who will not be able to join us for October, but has left us a dozen high quality Hitchcock DVD's from which to select. Attaboy Rick! 

5.OCTOBER III: THE DINNER 
    We're holding a pot-luck supper for our Halloween meeting. Bring food and bring an appetite. Here's what we have coming so far: 

MAIN DISH 
Chicken: Dave Henderson 
Chili: Peggy Gervasio 
Lasagna: Andrew Kent 
Hot Dogs: Charlie Wittig 
Pizza: Tim & Heather Fleming 
?: David W. 

SIDE DISH: 
Imported Italian Olives: Vince DiLeonardi 
Pasta Salad: Sue Feder 
Tossed Salad: David W. 

BEVERAGES: 
Joe Plempel 
Soda and ice: Regina Vallerani 

DESSERT: 
Brownies: Norman Prentiss 
?: Regina Vallerani 
?: John Ward 

SUPPLIES: 
Joe Plempel 

    You don't have to be a chef to contribute. You can always buy something pre-made. We could use some bread or rolls. We could probably use a plain vegetable, or two. We don't have any appetizers coming yet. So we still have a few holes to fill. We have full kitchen facilities for heating and cooling. 
    We'll need everyone's help on cleaning up. We're guests in the church hall. Please help us be good guests. 

6.OCTOBER IV: THE ALL-NIGHTER 
    You've heard of party till you puke? Well in October we'll be meeting till you uh, you uh - I guess till you get tired and go home. In October we'll be holding our first ever all-night ICS spectacular. For people whose ability to stay awake far exceeds mine, we'll be screening movies and kicking back until dawn, or until common sense tells the last person to go home. Joe Plempel, THE child of the night, has committed to go the distance. 

7.OCTOBER V: FAVORITE LINES 
    One of the things that makes your favorite movie your favorite movie is because it's got your favorite lines in it. How many times have you been describing the movie to friends, only to hear yourself saying, ". . . so just then he looks up and says . . . " or ". . . so she does a double take, straightens her shoulders, and shoots back . . . ." Well now you have a chance to re-live those magical moments in October at the ICS meeting. Thanks to a suggestion form Barry Walker we're asking folks to write up their five favorite movie lines and share them in October. If you have access to a computer you can turn to the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) for help. You might want to practice saying them in character. We'll try to guess who said them. It sounds like fun! 

8.OCTOBER VI: COSTUMES 
    This is our annual Halloween bash. As usual, we're making this costume-optional. Be creative! Be original! Be daring! We just ask that you use common sense and good taste. We'll be eating dinner. No one wants to eat with other people's stretch marks and cellulite in their face. 

9.THE ICS DOES THE FANEX FALL SPOOKTACULAR 
    Clear your calendars! You've got something to do on November 3. On the Saturday after our next meeting we'll be going to the FANEX FALL SPOOKTACULAR! Details for the show are below, in the "THINGS TO COME" section. 
    We've worked out a deal with the show's sponsors, Gary and Sue Svehla. In exchange for using our video projector for the day we'll get two free tables there and free entrance for ICS members. Any club member who is wearing an ICS badge will get to get in for free! 
    We need three things from our members: 
    1) STUFF TO SELL. We know that you've been asked before, but, if there still some things lying around unloved then bring them with you to our next meeting. We'll turn them into cash for the club. 
    2) PEOPLE TO WORK. We'll need volunteers to staff the table. The hours of the show are 10-8. We'd like two-hour commitments but, honestly, whatever you can spare will help. 
    3) HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME. This is a nice opportunity for club members. Use it! Go to the show. Spend lots of money. Hob-nob with other fans. Enjoy yourself! You deserve it. 

10.GET WELL WISHES 
    We have some hurting and recovering family members out there. Here's wishing them all a speedy healing. 
    Charlie Wittig had rotator cuff surgery. Those of you at the last meeting saw him with his arm in a sling. He's got his doctors stunned with his rapid recovery. He has some physical therapy to deal with and a few other health issues hanging out there but he seems to be on the right track. 
    Gary Roberson's father is working with cancer at the moment. We're hoping that he fights his way back and perhaps we'll get to meet him at a meeting one day. Hanging in there, Mr. R. 
    If Mitch Klein starts looking better rested it might be because his significant other, Kelly Linenberger, got her deviated septum operated on. It might sound like a minor thing but anyone who has had to put up with repeated nasal problems and snoring knows that a deviated septum can drive you and your honey nuts. Kelly will be the same deviant she always was, but that septum will be straight as an arrow! 

11.WE BOUGHT A BULB! 
    We mentioned in our last issue that the ICS now has its very own DVD player. Well now we have our own replacement bulb for the video projector! The bulb cost several hundred dollars. We hope that will significantly extend the life of our projector. We'd like to not have to think about replacing that anytime soon. 

12.CALENDAR STATUS 
    We'd hoped to have a new calendar to you by our October meeting. Unfortunately that's not going to happen. The downtime from the virus-shutdown that I experienced prevents that. We hope to have one to you by our November meeting, on November 17. 

13.LOTR EN MASSE 
    There was a sentiment expressed at our last meeting that, when FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING debuts in December that we check it out as a club activity. Keep your December open for a LORD OF THE RINGS (LOTR, to the uninitiated) field trip. It's due in theaters Wednesday, December 19.

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14.THE GLASS TEAT 
Michael Shanks is leaving STARGATE. Michael Shanks, who plays civilian archaeologist Daniel Jackson on Showtime's STARGATE SG-1, will be leaving the show at the end of the current fifth season. Shanks may make a few guest appearances in the new season, but that a new regular civilian character will join star Richard Dean Anderson and the rest of the SG-1 cast next year. No reason was given for Shanks' departure. . . . FARSCAPE gets renewed. The Sci-Fi Channel has renewed their very successful FARSCAPE series for another two seasons. The show has doubled its audience since its debut in March, 1999. There's a very unusual demographic for the shows newer viewers - nearly three-quarters of them are women. Sci-Fi president Bonnie Hammer has said, "FARSCAPE is not only the most ambitious original series on basic cable, we think it's one of the best-written shows on television, period. It's no wonder that it's the top-rated series on Sci-Fi for three years running.". . . "I'm no Scully!" Alexondra Lee, who plays detective Kate Benson on UPN's SPECIAL UNIT 2, said that she doesn't see herself as the next Scully. "They're fighting real aliens on The X-FILES. They've got a serious job to do. We've got, like, fantasy creatures. We had models that turned into spider-women . . . and a monster that was made out of liposuction fat. . . . We don't even have to kill all the monsters [all the time], because they're kind of fun to have around." 

15.BABYLON 5: LEGEND OF THE RANGERS HAS A NEW AND IMPROVED SITE 
    Scifi.Com has launched a redesigned official Web site for The Sci-Fi Channel's upcoming original television movie BABYLON 5: LEGEND OF THE RANGERS. RANGERS is a new two-hour film from the creative team behind BABYLON 5 and tells the story of the Ranger fleet as it attempts to restore order to hundreds of civilizations devastated by the Shadow War. 
    The site includes Web-only trailers for the movie, an interview with B5 and RANGERS star Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar) and a sweepstakes to win a one-of-a-kind RANGERS poster signed by the cast members, B5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and executive producer Doug Netter. 

16.DAWN THE VAMPIRE SLAYER? 
     Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays little sister Dawn on UPN's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, said that creator Joss Whedon has approached her about starring in another BUFFY spinoff series. "I've been asked if a spinoff or a continuation [of the show] would be of interest to me, and pretty much it is," she said. "It's quite exciting. I love my character, and I love the fact that Joss lets me exercise any type of acting that I want to and really show what I can do." 
     Whedon, who is also developing an animated BUFFY series and a British spinoff featuring the Giles character, is eyeing Trachtenberg in case BUFFY star Sarah Michelle Gellar ever moves on. BUFFY has already spun off the successful WB series ANGEL. 
     In the meantime, Trachtenberg said her character will finally get to deal with boys this season. "There were some hints about that in the 'Body' episode," Trachtenberg said. "But all I can say is that, like any teen-ager, Dawn will be going through every type of emotion. Anything you throw at me, I'll try to tackle." 

17.ENTERPRISE HELPS TO RENEW THE TREK FRANCHISE 
     UPN has gleefully announced final ratings for the two-hour season premiere of ENTERPRISE, which resulted in the network's highest-rated night of programming since the 1995 premiere of STAR TREK: VOYAGER. The Sept. 26 debut drew 12.5 million viewers, according to the network. 
     ENTERPRISE also made the evening UPN's highest-rated Wednesday night ever, the network reported. It set new records with the highest Wednesday metered market ratings for 39 UPN affiliates across the country, including those in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington. 
     This was a desperately needed victory for TREK. According to Mark A. Altman, co-author of several books about the TREK phenomenon, "Clearly, the STAR TREK franchise has been ailing for some time now. There's no question that interest in the show has waned. Certainly, the challenge for the new show is to re-spark the fervor for STAR TREK that characterized its following in the early '80s through the mid-'90s." 
     STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION regularly drew more than twice as many viewers as the typical episode of VOYAGER. The last TREK feature film, 1998's INSURRECTION, grossed just $70.2 million domestically, much less than 
each of the two previous TREK films. 
     It's one reason TREK caretakers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga decided to go in a new direction for ENTERPRISE. "My feelings were very strong that we had played out the 24th century," series co-creator Berman explained. "We'd done over 500 episodes [in that era] on NEXT GENERATION and DEEP SPACE NINE and VOYAGER, and it just seemed that if we were going to embark on a new series, it would have to be dramatically different." 

18.SOME TREK FANS HATE THE ENTERPRISE THEME 
    Fans seem to like ENTERPRISE but a lot of them say they don't much like its soft-rock theme song, a first for a TREK series. More than 1,000 Trekkers have signed at least two online petitions to remove the song; "Faith of the Heart" by Dianne Warren, sung by opera star Russell Watson; and replace it with a more traditional orchestral score. A version of the song, by Rod Stewart, was featured in the movie Patch Adams. 
    "The fans have voiced their opinions across the Internet, and they share the sentiment that the intro to ENTERPRISE is woefully inappropriate for a STAR TREK series, and, as such, should be changed as quickly as possible," one petition reads. "Since the airing of the original series, STAR TREK has opened with a piece of music scored by a prominent composer and has been without vocals. We fans see no reason for this to change and ask that you uphold the tradition Gene Roddenberry began thirty-five long years ago." The petitions are addressed to ENTERPRISE executive producers and co-creators 
Rick Berman and Brannon Braga. 
    Braga responded, "We can't please everybody." He said that plenty of people find the song very uplifting." His advice to fans who don't like the theme? "Turn the volume down." 

19.FARSCAPE SEASON WILL HAVE A BIG ENDING 
     Ben Browder, who plays Cmdr. John Crichton in FARSCAPE, said that the third season's final episodes will be "really big." "I actually think that perhaps the best episode of the season is in the final four," Browder said in an interview at the recent FARSCAPE convention in Burbank, Calif. "It's huge in scale, from a practical standpoint of shooting it, and effects, and 
emotionally. It's big. It's really big." 
     Browder added that he couldn't reveal the secrets of the upcoming episodes, but added, "There's a super-secret scene, which only three people know about. . . . There's actually three storylines [from the season], which all come together in the end." 
     Executive David Kemper was equally circumspect, saying only, "Everything that [fans] expect is wrong, and I'll be disappointed if people aren't upset, exhilarated, angry and completely befuddled. We have to get them to expect one thing, and then give them something else. So everything they think is going to happen doesn't, but yet it will happen. . . . Lots of 
things will happen, but they'll happen so differently, that they'll feel different. . . . Let's just say, themes that have been developed in the year will come together and pay off by the end of the year. All the clues are there." 
     A key question will be how the surviving John Crichton deals with Aeryn Sun (Claudia Black), who developed a romantic relationship with Crichton's doomed doppelganger during the season. "I think you'll see a lot of that in the last four" episodes, Kemper. "They have to talk to each other. They have to deal with it. They have to find out what their relationship is, and what 
it's going to be." 
     The final episodes of season three, which have already been shot, will air in January. As for season four? Browder said he will be writing at least one episode. And, Kemper added, "There's a story here that's unfolding for us, almost against everyone's will. It's happening on its own. That story will continue. The end of this season is simply, in terms of storytelling, artificially imposed upon us by the network. The next story is the next story, no matter what happens." 

20.JERI RYAN - FROM 7 OF 9 TO 9/11 
    The official fan club of STAR TREK: VOYAGER star Jeri Ryan is sponsoring an online auction to benefit the American Red Cross and its relief efforts for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The auction, co-sponsored by Ryan's official Web site, takes place Nov. 3-9 and will feature collectibles and items donated by Ryan and her show biz pals. 
    So who knows? We just might see STAR TREK fan Mike Schilling strolling into a meeting in Ms. Ryan's 7 of 9 cat suit and killer pumps. I guess we'll know how that auction went! 

21.ABC AND FOX DUEL OVER TIME TUNNEL 
    ABC and Fox are battling over a remake of the 1966 television series, TIME TUNNEL, now in development by Regency Television and 20th Century Fox Television. Writer Rand Ravich (THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE) and director Todd Holland are updating the Irwin Allen series, about two young scientists who travel through time as part of a secret government project. Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni are attached as executive producers, along with Sheila Allen, Irwin Allen's widow. 
    Both ABC and Fox have made substantial offers for the rights to the project, with ABC's initial offer said to be significantly higher than Fox's. Each network has offered a pilot commitment with a cash penalty if the project is not taken to series. ABC has also made a 13-episode commitment to TIME TUNNEL, along with a higher cash penalty. Fox is willing to match ABC's bid. 

22.LUCY LAWLESS BLABS ABOUT THE X-FILES 
    As we'd reported earlier Lucy Lawless (A.K.A. XENA) will appear in this season's X-FILES in a recurring role. She recently broke the show's strict gag orders to talk about her character. We'll see her in the two-part ninth-season opener, "Nothing Important Happened Today," which will air on November 4. 
    She said, "My character, Shannon McMahon, re-enters [Agent John] Doggett's life. They used to be in the military together - in my backstory, they fought in Beirut - and now she's causing a great deal of trouble. You don't know if she's good, and you don't know if she's bad. She seems to be both things at once." 
    She said she'll be paying her respects for Scully's baby. "And I spent half my time naked," she said. "Why not, if it looks good onscreen? Of course, you don't see anything, except my well-endowed body double. Let's just say the character's a bit of a water baby, a water babe. She's a nymph." 
    She wanted to say more but feared the wrath of Chris Carter. "I feel like [he'll] come after me, and I'll end up with bloody cement boots on my feet at the bottom of the ocean if I tell you too much." 

23.TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES FOR ON BASIC CABLE 
    For club members with cable and satellite October serves up a feast of possibilities. Movies, some which haven't made their way to DVD or even VHS, are everywhere. It's what our military would call a "target rich environment." 
    Below is an alphabetical list of films airing this month on American Movie Classics (AMC) and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This is a VCR friendly list. That means a movie airing on what a TV listing would call "late Tuesday" at 2:00 AM will be listed here as Wednesday. Enjoy! 

13 GHOSTS (1960) 10/13 AMC 10 PM/ 10/14, 4 AM 
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS (1953) 10/27 AMC 10:30 AM 
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1953) 10/28 AMC 7 AM 
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) 10/26 AMC 4 PM 
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN (1951) 10/7 AMC 7 AM 
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (1955) 10/29 AMC 4 PM 
THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) 10/10 AMC 3 AM 
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE HIMALAYAS (1957) 10/12 AMC 6 AM 
THE ANGRY RED PLANET (1959) 10/6 AMC 2:35 AM 
THE APE (1940) 10/4 TCM 2 AM 
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1944) 10/29 TCM 12 NOON 
BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) 10/31 AMC 5 PM 
THE BODY SNATCHER (1945) 10/3 TCM 8 PM 
THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) 10/6 AMC 6 PM/ 10/7, 12:30 AM, 12:45 PM/ 10/24, 10 PM/ 10/25, 4:30 AM 
THE BRIDE (1985) 10/27 AMC 8 PM/ 10/28, 1:45 AM, 4 AM 
THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) 10/9 AMC 8 PM/ 10/10, 1:30 AM/ 10/27, 10:05 PM 
THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960) 10/31 AMC 6:30 PM 
THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) 10/8 TCM 12 MID. 
CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) 10/5 AMC 12:30 AM 
THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956) 10/30 AMC 4:15 AM 
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1964) 10/28 AMC 9:30 PM 
THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961) 10/29 AMC 2:15 PM, 9:30 PM 
DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978) 10/31 AMC 12 MID 
THE DEVIL BAT (1941) 10/17 TCM 11 PM 
THE DEVIL DOLL (1936) 10/28 TCM 8:30 PM 
DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963) 10/24 TCM 8 PM 
DIE, MONSTER, DIE (1965) 10/24 AMC 4:30 AM 
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941) 10/29 TCM 10:30 PM 
DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972) 10/10 AMC 4:45 AM 
DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) 10/5 AMC 2 AM 
DRACULA (1931) 10/31 AMC  6 AM, 11:30 AM/ 11/1 12 MID. 
DRACULA (SPANISH) (1931) 10/31 AMC  7:15 AM 
DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936) 10/31 AMC 1 PM 
THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, OR PARDON ME BUT YOUR TEETH ARE IN MY NECK (1967) 10/31 TCM 11 PM 
FRANKENSTEIN (1931) 10/2 AMC 12:15 AM/ 10/16, 8 PM/ 10/17, 1:30 AM/ 10/27, 12 MID. 
FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943) 10/29 AMC 11:45 PM 
FREAKS (1932) 10/28 TCM 7:15 PM 
FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) 10/26 AMC 8 PM/ 10/31, 8 PM/ 11/1, 1:30 AM 
FROGS (1972) 10/28 AMC 10 AM 
THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) 10/28 AMC 2:45 AM 
GODZILLA (1954) 10/24 AMC 6 AM 
GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (1966) 10/15 AMC 12:15 AM 
GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964) 10/6 AMC 7 AM 
THE GORILLA (1939) 10/18 TCM 3:30 AM 
THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES 10/15 AMC 5:30 PM 
THE HAUNTING (1963) 10/15 TCM 1:30 AM 
HOLD THAT GHOST (1941) 10/23 AMC 6 AM 
HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959) 10/20 AMC 10 PM/ 10/21, 4 AM 
HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) 10/31 TCM 1 AM 
HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) 10/31 AMC  3:45 PM 
HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944) 10/20 AMC 3:30 AM 
HOUSE OF WAX (1953) 10/25 TCM 12:15 AM 
HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958) 10/25 TCM 2 AM 
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) 10/10 TCM 9:30 PM/10/22, 12:15 AM 
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939) TCM 10/22, 2 AM 
I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) 10/11 TCM, 11:30 PM/ 10/31 TCM 1:30 PM 
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) 10/23 AMC 8 PM/ 10/24 1:30 AM 
THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) 10/3 AMC 6 AM 
THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS (1940) 10/4 AMC 6 AM 
THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE (1944) 10/5 AMC 6 AM 
ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) 10/3 TCM 9:30 PM 
KING KONG (1933) 10/6 TCM, 6 PM/ 10/31 TCM 3 PM 
LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979) 10/12 AMC 2 PM/ 10/12, 8:15 PM/ 10/31, 10 PM 
MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967) 10/25 AMC 4 PM 
MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) 10/17 TCM 9:30 PM 
THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932) 10/3 TCM 11 PM 
THE MONSTER (1925) 10/10 TCM 11:30 PM 
THE MUMMY (1932) 10/4 AMC 12:30 AM/ 10/28 8 PM, 11:30 PM 
THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1944) 10/29 AMC 3:30 AM 
THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944) 10/29 AMC 4:45 AM 
THE MUMMY’S HAND (1940) 10/29 AMC 1 AM 
THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1942) 10/29 AMC 2:15 AM 
THE MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG (1935) 10/18 TCM 2 AM 
THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) 10/31 TCM 12 NOON 
NOSFERATU (1922) 10/15 TCM, 12 MID./ 10/31 TCM 9:30 PM 
THE OMEN (1976) 10/18 AMC 8 PM/ 10/19 2:30 AM/ 10/30 2:15 PM/ 10 P.M. 
OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT (1981) 10/31 AMC  2 AM 
THE OTHER (1972) 10/30 AMC 12:30 PM 
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962) 10/24 AMC 3 AM 
THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) TCM 3:30 AM 
THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) 10/19 AMC 10:35 PM/ 10/20 2 AM/ 10/27 12:30 PM 
POLTERGEIST (1982) 10/14  TCM 10 PM 
THE RAVEN (1935) 10/13 AMC 12 MID/ 3:15 AM 
THE RAVEN (1963) 10/12 AMC 10:30PM/ 10/13, 1:45 AM 
REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958) 10/13 AMC 4:30 AM 
SCARED TO DEATH (1947) TCM 12:30 AM 
SECONDS (1966) 10/23 AMC 3:45 AM 
SON OF DRACULA (1943) 10/31 AMC  8:45 AM , 2:15/ 11/1, 5 AM 
SON OF KONG (1934) 10/31 TCM 5 PM 
SUPERNATURAL (1933) 10/26 AMC 8 AM 
TALES OF TERROR (1961) 10/27 AMC 3:30 AM 
TENTACLES (1977) 10/30 AMC 4 PM 
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1978) AMC 8 AM 
THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) 10/31 TCM 6:30 PM 
THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR (1929) 10/29 TCM 1:30 AM 
THE TIME TRAVELERS (1964) 10/19 AMC 4 PM 
TOWER OF LONDON (1962) 10/25 TCM 3:30 AM 
TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963) 10/24 TCM 10 PM 
UNHOLY THREE (1925) 10/29 TCM 12 MID. 
THE UNKNOWN (1927) 10/11 TCM, 1:00 AM/  10/28 TCM 10 PM 
VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969) 10/20 AMC 2:15 PM 
THE VAMPIRE (1957) 10/31 TCM 3AM 
VAMPYR (1932) 10/31 TCM 8 PM 
THE WALKING DEAD (1936) 10/4 TCM 12:30 AM 
THE WEREWOLF (1956) 10/30 AMC 1:15 AM 
WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) 10/30 AMC 2:45 AM 
WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1928) 10/11 TCM 2:00 AM 
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) 10/17 TCM 8 PM 
THE WOLF MAN (1941) 10/29 AMC 8 PM 
YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) 10/26 AMC 2 PM, 10PM/ 10/27 1:30 AM 

24.TV: HALLOWEEN COMES TO THE SMALL SCREEN! 
    Below is a listing for specials airing this month that might interest club members. The rules for time (mentioned above for movies) applies here as well. Dig in! 

    ANNE RICE: VAMPIRES, WITCHES AND BEST SELLERS 
A&E, TUE. 30, 7AM 
    ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT MONSTERMANIA 
AMC, TUE. 30, 5:30 PM 
    BACKSTORY: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 
AMC, SAT. 27, 5:45 PM, 11:30 PM/ MON. 29 11:15 PM 
    BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES (PT. 1) 
AMC, MON. 22, 5:30 PM 
    BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES (PT. 2) 
AMC, TUE. 23, 5:30 PM 
    BIOGRAPHY: SATAN 
A&E, WED. 31, 8PM/ THUR. NOV. 1, 12 MID. 
    BRIDE OF MONSTERMANIA 
AMC, WED. 24, 5:30 PM 
    CANDY UNWRAPPED (The inside world of Halloween Candy) 
Food Network, SUN. 28, 10 PM/ MON. 29, 1 AM 
    THE FAMILY FUN HALLOWEEN PARTY 
Food Network, SAT. 27, 9 AM 
    GHOSTLY HOMES 
HGTV, WED. 31, 8 PM, 11 PM 
    GHOSTLY HOMES OF CAPE COD 
HGTV, SUN. 28, 9 PM/ MON. 29, 12 MID/ WED. 31, 10 PM 
    GHOSTLY HOMES OF CHARLESTON 
HGTV, WED. 31, 9 PM 
    GHOSTS: FACT OR FICTION 
F/X, MON. 29, 1 AM 
    HALLOWEEN FROM MARTHA'S HOME (Martha Stewart's party ideas) 
HGTV, SAT. 6, 10 PM/ SUN. 7, 1 AM/ SAT. 20, 5 PM 
    HALLOWEEN HOMES 
HGTV, SUN. 28, 5 PM 
    HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM MARTHA'S KITCHEN (Martha Stewart's food ideas) 
Food Network, SUN. 21, 9PM/ MON. 22,  12 MID/ SAT. 27, 4 PM/ SUN. 28, 11 AM 
    THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN 
History, FRI. 19, 6 AM/ WED. 31, 8 PM 
    HOLLYWOOD GHOST STORIES 
AMC, 10/29, 5:30 PM 
    LON CHANEY: A THOUSAND FACES 
TCM, WED. 10, 8 PM/ FRI. 26, 7 PM 
    THE MAN WHO DREW BUG-EYED MONSTERS 
AMC, FRI. 26, 5:30 PM 
    MONSTERMANIA 
AMC, THUR. 25, 5:30 PM 
    MORE HAUNTED HOUSES: TORTURED SOULS & RESTLESS SPIRITS 
A&E, SUN. 28, 9 PM/ MON. 29 1 AM 
    MOVIE MONSTERS REVEALED 
TLC, TUE. 30, 6 PM 
    OBSESSED WITH VERTIGO (1997-the making of VERTIGO) 
AMC, THUR.18, 7 AM 
    THE OMEN LEGACY (a look behind the OMEN series) 
AMC, TUE. 30, 8 PM/ WED. 31, 4 AM 
    THE RACE TO SAVE 100 YEARS (film preservation) 
TCM, FRI. 5, 7 PM 
    STEPHEN KING: FEAR, SHAME & FORTUNE 
A&E, WED. 31, 7 AM 
    UNIVERSAL HORROR (The classic horror films of Universal Studio) 
TCM, FRI. 19, 7 PM 

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25.OCTOBER TV CALENDAR

WEEK OF 10/1: Premiere of MUTANT-X, BEASTMASTER season three, 
            GENE RODDENBERRY'S ANDROMEDA season two, GENE 
            RODDENBERRY'S EARTH FINAL CONFLICT season five, SHEENA 
            season two and SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S LOST WORLD 
            season two in syndication. 

TUE. 2 - AMC, 12:15 AM- FRANKENSTEIN (1931) 
            UPN, 8 PM- Premeire of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER new season 

WED. 3 - AMC, 6AM THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) 
            TCM, 8 PM- THE BODY SNATCHER (1945) 
            UPN, 9 PM Premeiere of SPECIAL UNIT 2 season two 
            TCM, 9:30 PM- ISLE OF THE DEAD (1945) 
            TCM, 11 PM- THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (1932) 

THUR. 4 - TCM, 12:30 AM- THE WALKING DEAD (1936) 
            AMC, 12:30 AM- THE MUMMY (1932) 
            TCM, 2 AM- THE APE (1940) 
            WB, 8 PM- Premeire of CHARMED season four 

FRI. 5 - AMC 12:30 AM- CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954) 
            AMC, 2 AM- DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) 
            AMC, 6 AM- THE INVISIBLE MAN'S REVENGE (1944) 
            TCM, 7 PM THE RACE TO SAVE 100 YEARS 
            AMC, 10:30 PM- DR. TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965) 

SAT. 6 -  AMC, 2:35 AM- THE ANGRY RED PLANET (1959) 
            AMC, 7 AM- GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964) 
            TCM, 6 PM- KING KONG (1933) 
            AMC, 6PM- THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) 
            HGTV 10 PM- HALLOWEEN FROM MARTHA'S HOME 

SUN. 7 - AMC, 12:30 AM- THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) 
            HGTV 1 AM- HALLOWEEN FROM MARTHA'S HOME 
            AMC, 7 AM- ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE INVISIBLE 
            MAN(1951) 
            AMC, 12:45 PM- THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) 

MON. 8 - TCM, 12 MID. - THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) 

TUE. 9 - AMC, 8 PM - THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) 
            UPN, 9 PM- Premeiere of ROSWELL season three 

WED. 10 - AMC, 1:30 AM - THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) 
            AMC, 3 AM - THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES (1971) 
            AMC, 4:45 AM - DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN (1972) 
            TCM, 8 PM LON- CHANEY: A THOUSAND FACES 
            TCM, 9:30 PM- THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) 
            TCM, 11:30 PM -THE MONSTER (1925) 

THUR. 11 - TCM, 1 AM- THE UNKNOWN (1927) 
            TCM, 2 AM- WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1928) 
            TCM, 11:30 PM- I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) 

FRI. 12 - TV: AMC, 6 AM- THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN OF THE 
            HIMALAYAS (1957) 
            AMC, 2 PM- LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979) 
            AMC, 8:15 PM- LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979) 
            AMC, 10:30PM- THE RAVEN (1963) 

SAT. 13 - TV: AMC, 12 MID.- THE RAVEN (1935) 
            AMC, 1:45 AM- THE RAVEN (1963) 
            AMC, 3:15 AM- THE RAVEN (1935) 
            AMC, 4:30 AM- REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1958) 
            AMC, 10 PM- 13 GHOSTS (1960) 

SUN. 14 - TV: AMC  4 AM- 13 GHOSTS (1960) 
            TCM, 10 PM- POLTERGEIST (1982) 

WEEKOF 10/15: Premiere of TRACKER 

MON. 15 - TCM, 12 MID.- NOSFERATU (1922) 
            AMC, 12:15 AM - GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO (1966) 
            TCM,  1:30 AM- THE HAUNTING (1963) 
            TCM, 3:30 AM- THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) 
            AMC, 8 AM- TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (1978) 
            AMC, 5:30- PM THE HARRYHAUSEN CHRONICLES 

TUE. 16 - AMC, 8 PM- FRANKENSTEIN (1931) 
            WB, 9 PM- Premeire of SMALLVILLE 

WED. 17 - AMC, 1:30- AM FRANKENSTEIN (1931) 
           AMC, 7 AM- OBSESSED WITH VERTIGO 
            TCM, 8 PM- WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) 
            TCM, 9:30 PM- MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) 
            TCM, 11 PM- THE DEVIL BAT (1941) 

THUR. 18 - TCM, 12:30 AM- SCARED TO DEATH (1947) 
            TCM, 2 AM- THE MYSTERIOUS MR. WONG (1935) 
            TCM, 3:30 AM- THE GORILLA (1939) 
            AMC, 7 AM- OBSESSED WITH VERTIGO 
            AMC, 8 PM- THE OMEN (1976) 

FRI. 19 - AMC, 2:30 AM- THE OMEN (1976) 
            History, 6 AM- THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN 
            AMC, 4 PM- THE TIME TRAVELERS (1964) 
            TCM, 7 PM- UNIVERSAL HORROR 
            AMC, 10:35 PM- THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) 

SAT. 20 - AMC, 2 AM- THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) 
            AMC, 3:30 AM- HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944) 
            AMC, 2:15 PM- VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969) 
            HGTV 5 PM- HALLOWEEN FROM MARTHA'S HOME 
            AMC, 10 PM- HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959) 

SUN. 21 - AMC, 2:30 AM- THE WEREWOLF (1956) 
            AMC, 4 AM- HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959) 
            Food, 9PM- HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM MARTHA'S KITCHEN 

MON. 22 - Food, 12 MID- HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM MARTHA'S 
            KITCHEN 
            TCM, 12:15 AM- THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1923) 
            TCM, 2 AM- THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1939) 
            AMC, 5:30 PM- BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES (PT. 1) 

TUE. 23 - AMC, 3:45 AM- SECONDS (1966)
            AMC, 6 AM- HOLD THAT GHOST (1941) 
            AMC, 5:30 PM- BEHIND THE PLANET OF THE APES (PT. 2) 
            AMC, 8 PM- INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) 

WED. 24 - AMC, 1:30 AM -INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956) 
            AMC, 3 AM- THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962) 
            AMC, 4:30 AM- DIE, MONSTER, DIE (1965) 
            AMC, 6 AM- GODZILLA (1954) 
            AMC, 5:30 PM- BRIDE OF MONSTERMANIA 
            TCM, 8 PM- DIARY OF A MADMAN (1963) 
            TCM, 10 PM- TWICE-TOLD TALES (1963) 
            AMC, 10 PM- THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) 

THUR. 25 - TCM, 12:15 AM- HOUSE OF WAX (1953) 
            TCM, 2 AM- HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958) 
            TCM, 3:30 AM- TOWER OF LONDON (1962) 
            AMC, 4:30 AM- THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL (1978) 
            AMC, 4 PM- MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967) 
            AMC, 5:30 PM- MONSTERMANIA 

FRI. 26 - AMC, 8 AM- SUPERNATURAL (1933) 
            AMC, 2 PM- YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) 
            AMC, 4 PM- ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN 
            (1948) 
            AMC, 5:30 PM- THE MAN WHO DREW BUG-EYED MONSTERS 
            TCM, 7 PM- LON CHANEY: A THOUSAND FACES 
            AMC, 8 PM -FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) 
            AMC, 10 PM- YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) 

SAT 27 -  AMC, 12 MID.- FRANKENSTEIN (1931) 
            AMC, 1:30 AM- YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) 
            AMC, 3:30 AM- TALES OF TERROR (1961) 
            Food, 9 AM- THE FAMILY FUN HALLOWEEN PARTY 
            AMC, 10:30 AM- ABBOTT AND COSTELLO GO TO MARS (1953) 
            AMC, 12:30 PM- THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) 
            Food, 4 PM- HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM MARTHA'S KITCHEN 
            AMC, 5:45 PM- BACKSTORY: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW 
            AMC, 8 PM- THE BRIDE (1985) 
            AMC, 10:05 PM- THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) 
            AMC, 11:30 PM- BACKSTORY: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE 
            SHOW 

SUN. 28 - AMC, 1:45 AM- THE BRIDE (1985) 
            AMC, 2:45 AM -THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942) 
            AMC, 4 AM- THE BRIDE (1985) 
            AMC, 7 AM- ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET DR. JEKYLL AND 
                        MR. HYDE (1953) 
            AMC, 10 AM- FROGS (1972) 
            Food, 11 AM- HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM MARTHA'S KITCHEN 
            HGTV, 5 PM-, HALLOWEEN HOMES 
            TCM, 7:15 PM- FREAKS (1932) 
            AMC, 8 PM- THE MUMMY (1932) 
            TCM, 8:30 PM- THE DEVIL DOLL (1936) 
            HGTV, 9 PM- GHOSTLY HOMES OF CAPE COD 
            A&E, 9 PM- MORE HAUNTED HOUSES: TORTURED SOULS & 
            RESTLESS SPIRITS 
            AMC 9:30 PM- THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1964) 
            TCM, 10 PM- THE UNKNOWN (1927) 
            Food, 10 PM- CANDY UNWRAPPED 
            AMC, 11:30 PM- THE MUMMY (1932) 

MON. 29 - TCM, 12 MID-. UNHOLY THREE (1925) 
            HGTV, 12 MID- GHOSTLY HOMES OF CAPE COD 
            AMC, 1 AM- THE MUMMY’S HAND (1940) 
            A&E, 1 AM -MORE HAUNTED HOUSES: TORTURED SOULS & 
            RESTLESS SPIRITS 
            Food, 1 AM- CANDY UNWRAPPED 
            F/X, 1 AM- GHOSTS: FACT OR FICTION 
            TCM, 1:30 AM- THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR (1929) 
            AMC, 2:15 AM- THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1942) 
            AMC, 3:30 AM- THE MUMMY'S CURSE (1944) 
            AMC, 4:45 AM- THE MUMMY'S GHOST (1944) 
            TCM, 12 NOON- BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1944) 
            AMC, 2:15 PM- THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961) 
            AMC, 4 PM- ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE MUMMY (1955) 
            AMC, 5:30 PM- HOLLYWOOD GHOST STORIES 
            AMC, 8 PM- THE WOLF MAN (1941) 
            AMC, 9:30 PM- THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961) 
            TCM, 10:30 PM- DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941) 
            AMC, 11:15 PM- BACKSTORY: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE 
            SHOW 
            AMC, 11:45 PM- FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN (1943) 

TUE. 30 -  AMC, 1:15 AM- THE WEREWOLF (1956) 
            AMC, 2:45 AM- WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) 
            AMC, 4:15 AM- THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956) 
            A&E, 7AM- ANNE RICE: VAMPIRES, WITCHES AND BEST 
            SELLERS 
            AMC, 12:30 PM- THE OTHER (1972) 
            AMC, 2:15 PM- THE OMEN (1976) 
            AMC,  4 PM- TENTACLES (1977) 
            AMC,  5:30 PM- ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT MONSTERMANIA 
            TLC, 6 PM- MOVIE MONSTERS REVEALED 
            AMC,  8 PM- THE OMEN LEGACY 
            AMC, 10 PM- THE OMEN (1976) 

WED. 31 - AMC, 12 MID- DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978) 
            AMC,  2 AM- OMEN III: THE FINAL CONFLICT (1981) 
            AMC,  4 AM- THE OMEN LEGACY 
            AMC,  6 AM- DRACULA (1931) 
            A&E, 7 AM- STEPHEN KING: FEAR, SHAME & FORTUNE 
            AMC,  7:15 AM- DRACULA (SPANISH) (1931) 
            AMC,  8:45 AM- SON OF DRACULA (1943) 
            AMC,  10:15 AM- DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936) 
            AMC,  11:30 AM- DRACULA (1931) 
            TCM, 12 NOON- THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) 
            AMC,  1 PM- DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936) 
            TCM, 1:30 PM- I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) 
            AMC,  2:15 PM- SON OF DRACULA (1943) 
            TCM, 3 PM- KING KONG (1933) 
            AMC,  3:45 PM- HOUSE OF DRACULA (1945) 
            TCM, 5 PM- SON OF KONG (1934) 
            AMC, 5 PM- BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) 
            TCM, 6:30 PM- THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951) 
            AMC, 6:30 PM- THE BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960) 
            TCM, 8 PM- VAMPYR (1932) 
            AMC, 8 PM- FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) 
            A&E, 8PM- BIOGRAPHY: SATAN 
            HGTV, 8 PM-, 11 PM GHOSTLY HOMES 
            History, 8 PM- THE HAUNTED HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN 
            TCM, 9:30 PM- NOSFERATU (1922) 
            AMC, 10 PM- LOVE AT FIRST BITE (1979) 
            HGTV, 10 PM- GHOSTLY HOMES OF CAPE COD 
            TCM, 11 PM- THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, OR PARDON ME 
           BUT YOUR TEETH ARE IN MY NECK (1967) 
            HGTV, 11 PM- GHOSTLY HOMES 

THUR. 1 - AMC, 12 MID.- DRACULA (1931) 
            A&E, 12 MID-. BIOGRAPHY: SATAN 
            TCM, 1 AM- HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) 
            AMC, 1:30 AM- FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) 
            TCM, 3AM- THE VAMPIRE (1957) 
            AMC, 3:30 AM -DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (1936) 
            AMC, 5 AM- SON OF DRACULA (1943) 

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26.THINGS TO COME 
    CHILLER THEATER will be held October 26-28, 2001 at the Sheraton Meadowlands in E. Rutherford, New Jersey. Guests include from LOST IN SPACE they've got June Lockhart, Angela Cartwright, Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Jonathan Harris, Bill Mumy and Bob May. From F-TROOP they've got Larry Storch (Agarn), Joe Brooks  (Vanderbilt), Don Diamond (Crazy Cat), James Hampton (Dobbs) and Melody Patterson (Wrangler Jane). From THE ADDAMS FAMILY they've got Lisa Loring (Wednesday) and Ken Weatherwax (PUGSLEY). >From DARK SHADOWS they've got David Selby (Quentin), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie). From PLANET OF THE APES they've got Linda Harrison (Nova) and Lou Wagner (Lucius). From THE POSIEDIAN ADVENTURE they've got Carol Lynley and Stella Stevens. From BABYLON 5 they've got Peter Jurasik (Londo), Claudia Christian (Ivanova) and Julia Nickson (Catherine Sakai). They're also featuring  Hammer star Yvonne Monlaur, Joe Pantoliano of THE MATRIX, Ray Park of STAR WARS EPISODE I, Robert Picardo of STAR TREK VOYAGER, Doug Bradley of the HELLRAISER series, Veronica Cartwright of ALIEN, Erin Gray of BUCK ROGERS, Robin Curtis of STAR TREK II and III, Antonio Fargas of STARSKY AND HUTCH (Huggy Bear), Deborah Foreman of LOBSTER MAN FROM MARS, JUDITH O'DEA of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (Barbara), Hiroko Sakurai  of ULTRA MAN, Tony Amendola of STARGATE SG-1, David Allen Brooks of CRUSADE, David F. Friedman (exploitation producer/director), Hank Garrett of CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU? and 3 DAYS TO CONDOR, David Hess of  LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, James Hong of BLADE RUNNER and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, Richard Kiel of MOONRAKER ( JAWS), Tuesday Knight of NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET IV, Kate Sheldon of THE POWER RANGERS, Playmates Debra Jo Fondren and Lias Marie Scott, Scream Queen Brinke Stevens, horror directors Ted V. Mikels and Fred Olen Ray, Mr. Sci-Fi himself - Forrest J Ackerman, and of course Zacherley: The Cool Ghoul. As usual they'll be plenty of panel discussions, film showings, live music and partying, a model kit contest, a costume contest, a massive dealer's room and a charity auction. The show hours are  Friday the 26 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday the 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday the 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show tickets start at $10 per day in advance, $15 per day at the door. Expect to pay extra for autographs. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Chiller Theatre, Inc., P O Box 23, Rutherford, NJ 07070. 

      FANEX FALL SPOOKTACULAR will be held November 3, 2001 at the Days Inn in Timonium, Maryland. They're offering a dealer's room, a tenative appearance by Ron Chaney (Lon jr.'s grandson, Lon sr.'s great grandson), and discussions, including a talk by film historian Greg Mank. The admission is $5.00. If you'd like to buy a table and sell some things it's $40. For more information call the Midnight Marquee Press at 410-665-1198. 

    ELECTICON will be held November 9-11, 2001 at the Ramada Hotel in Newark, NJ. They describe themselves as, "A multi-media convention, focusing on fanzines and in-depth discussion of your favorite TV shows & movies." They have all of the bells and whistles of a usual convention - a dealer's room, discussions, gaming room, tons of panels, movie and TV shows playing, pretty much all the fixings with one notable exception. Eclecticon does not bring in celbrity guests. If you want to meet a star, this is not the place for you. If you're just thrilled to meet other fans, this is you convention. The registration fee is $40. For questions go to this link (if you're reading this on a links-capable computer) or e-mail Kathy Agel on either Eclecticon@juno.com or badkarma@bestweb.net. You can also drop a note to Kathy at 9-11 Ayres Court/ Bayonne, NJ 07002-3510. 

      DARKOVER GRAND COUNCIL MEETING XXIV will be held November 23 - 25 2001 in Timonium, Maryland. The Guest of Honor is: Joanne Bertin. Their special guest is: Katherine Kurtz. The Artist Guest of Honor is L.W. Perkins. The Musical Guests of Honor is: Clam Chowder. Other author/artist guests include: Debra Doyle, India Edghill, Rosemary Edghill, Heather Rose Jones, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Nancy Janda, Scott MacMillian, James MacDonald, Don Sakers, and Hannah Shapero. Musical guests include: Bob and Sue Esty, John Huff, Ellen James, Myfanwy, On the Mark, and Ed and Kathy Sobansky. There will be a dealer's room, workshops, filking, game playing, videos, a ball, an art room and a costume contest. Regular memberships are $35.00 each until November 1, 2001. After that, and at the door they will be $40.00. Make checks payable to Armida Council (PO Box 7203, Silver Spring, MD 20907). They will sell only 600 regular memberships. If you wish membership confirmation, please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard [not an envelope]. 

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27.SABERHAGEN RETURNS TO THE BESERKERS 
     Writer Fred Saberhagen announced that he's just sold a new Beserker novel to Tor Books. "I'm just starting the new Beserker, and, as with every book I do, I have the feeling I can't, mustn't, shouldn't talk about what's in it until it's 99 percent done," Saberhagen said. "I do look forward to providing a lot of action." 
     Saberhagen also revealed that New Line Cinema has optioned the Beserker series. "I've been consulting on screenplays," he said. "No, I don't mean to write one. [I] would much rather stay home and have Hollywood send me money." The 30-plus-year-old Beserker series follows the ongoing battle between mankind and robot killing machines, called Beserkers, which were created by a race called the Builders. The Beserkers have a single mission - to wipe out all life they encounter. 
     Saberhagen reported that a "number of possible titles" are in the running for the new book and suggested that "only a wizard" could predict at this point when it will reach bookstores. He was more forthcoming, however, when it came to explaining the three-year gap between Beserker novels; the last one, Shiva in Steel, was released in 1998. "The delay is partly due to the fact that I've been doing the Book of the Gods series for Tor and have also just finished another, Dracula - A Coldness in the Blood, publication date probably next year," said the 71-year-old author. His other popular series include the Swords and Lost Swords novels. "[I] also had to spend some time and energy defending my registered trademark - yep, the big one, the R in a circle - on Beserker as a science fiction series. This required filing a federal lawsuit against Dark Horse Comics and Random House when I got a look at a paperback called Aliens: Beserker. [The] lawsuit [was] successfully settled before it got to trial." 

28.SPIDEY WILL ADDRESS THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACK 
     J. Michael Straczynski, who is currently writing a story for Marvel Comics' "Amazing Spider-Man" series, will address the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in future issues. "Ever since the events surrounding the WTC, I have said little because, as noted in response to another note, I simply didn't have the words and didn't know where to look for them," Straczynski said. "And consequently declined invitations to make a statement, on the further grounds that I'm not qualified. . . . I got an e-mail from Marvel, who felt that in at least one of their books they needed to really address the issue of what happened at the WTC. Their feeling was that the one character best suited to this was Spider-Man because, after all, he's a native New Yorker. So they asked me to write it. Unsure if I had the wherewithal necessary to pull it off without embarrassing myself or trivializing the situation through any inadequacies on my part, I asked for 24 hours to think it over. Figured I'd probably pass, since I just didn't know how I could handle it in a comic book format. Somewhere along the way that night, I found the words, and 24 hours after my mail, I sent in the script. I think it says what needs to be said." He did not specify in which issue this story will see print. 

29.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT MOVIES 
    The Artist As Monster : The Cinema of David Cronenberg by William Beardk & William Beard, $50.00 
A look at the works of this controversial director. 
    The Complete Kubrick by David Hughes, Peter Bogdanovich, $24.95 
Examines every feature film, from the early shorts through to classics, this provides a unique insight into understanding the work of cinema's most enigmatic, iconoclastic and gifted auteur. 
    The Death of Cinema: History, Cultural Memory, and the Digital Dark Age by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Foreword by Martin Scorsese, $22.95 
The author draws the picture of a worldwide crisis as world culture ignores the loss of its own image giving us a devastating moral tale, the recognition that there is something very wrong with the way we are taught to disregard the art of seeing as something ephemeral and negligible. 
    Film Facts by Patrick Robertson, $16.95 
According to the cover, "A treasure trove of the curious, the humorous, the unexpected, the mind-boggling, and the unimportant-but-intruging. A goldmine for all movie fans." 
    Film Posters of the Eighties by Graham Marsh (Editor), Tony Nourmand (Editor), $35.00 
The title says it all. 
    The Hitchcock Murders by Peter Conrad, $25.00 
The author looks at the primal fears spawned by Hitchcock. 
    The Hollywood Book of Lists : From Great Performances and Romantic Epics to Bad Remakes and Miscasting Debacles by Stephen J. Spignesi, $16.95 
A collection of Tinseltown trivia that explores rumors of Marilyn Monroe's death, movie burial spots, the best hidden jokes in animated films, the movies that wrecked careers, Hollywood's biggest flops, and among many other fascinating factoids. 
    The Horror Genre : From Beelzebub to Blair Witch by Paul Wells, $16.95 
A comprehensive introduction to the history and key themes of the genre. 
    The JAWS Log: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition by Carl Gottlieb, Peter Benchley (Introduction), $14.95 
Though JAWS is perfection on film, bringing the story to the screen was a series of disasters and mishaps in which everything that could have gone wrong did at least once. This book is an updated release of an earlier book. It includes several fun photographs and a large section of the book devoted to hindsight writing - Gottlieb's comments of today. 
    Kubrick's Cinema Odyssey by Michel Ciment, Michel Chion, $24.95 
A study of the meaning of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. 
    Science Fiction Cinema : From Outerspace to Cyberspace by Geoff King Tanya Krzywinska, $16.95 
A thorough overview of English-language science fiction cinema. 
    Science Fiction Films of the Seventies by Craig W. Anderson, $25.00 
A concise and thorough of 70's sci-fi with plenty of anecdotes. 
    The Very Breast of Russ Meyer by Paul A. Woods (Editor), $16.95 
I'm sure that we have a few clandestine fans of this cult director scattered in our membership. The book spans several decades. It charts both Meyer’s artistic progress and the loosening of American morals that his work paralleled. Richly illustrated. 
    Videohound's Cult Flicks and Trash Pics by Carol Schwartz, $24.95 
The best of cult movies, with a forward by Bruce Campbell. 
    The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations by Tony Reeves, $19.95 
For all those fans who wonder where their favorite movies were filmed or what it would be like to visit the sites, this book is the ultimate resource. 

30.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS 
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Past Lives by Christopher Golden, Cliff Richards and Christian Zanier, $12.95 
A huntress is stalking demons in L.A. Normally this would be a good thing, except she`s leaving survivors and telling them Angel sent her. Now Angel has an army of demons on his tail, hell-bent on revenge. Meanwhile, monsters are fleeing the carnage in L.A. and seeking refuge in Sunnydale, where they're being dealt with by the Slayer. Buffy determines that she must go to Angel`s side to lend a hand. 
    Doctor Who: Psi-Ence Fiction by Chris Boucher, $6.99 
When the Doctor arrives in town and decides to attend a lecture on time travel at Feynman, he is mistaken for the devious Barry Hitchens. The Doctor is drawn into eerie events at the college. Can he account for the students' psychic powers - and get he get to the bottom of some sinister murders? 
    Doctor Who: The City of the Dead by Lloyd Rose, $6.95 
Arriving in New Orleans, the Doctor, with his companions Fitz and Anji, is immediately thrust into a murder investigation of a dealer in morbid artifacts, where a unique charm carved from human bone has been stolen. 
    Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker, $29.95 
Dracula's Guest was excised from the original Dracula manuscript by his publisher because of the length of the original book. It was published as a short story in 1914, two years after Stoker's death. Think of this as Stoker's "director's cut." 
    Farscape : Dark Side of the Sun by Andrew Dymond, $6.99 
Rygel's re-united with an old love. Things get complicated. 
    Star Trek: Celebrations by Maureen McTigue, $12.95 
Armed with this book, you'll be welcomed guest on any occasion anywhere in the Federation. You'll find out what to serve on a Klingon Day of Ascension. You'll know whether or not to bring bring a gift to a Rumarie celebration. You still won't know how to ask a girl out, but they'll love you on Bajor! 
    Star Trek The Next Generation: Enemy Unseen by Keith R. A. Decandido, with illustrations by Lucian Rizzo and Peter Pachoumis, $17.95 
A graphic novel comprised of three Wildstorm comics. 
    Star Wars: Jedi Quest - Path to Truth by Jude Watson, $12.95 
This novel serves as a bridge between EPISODE I and II. Anakin Skywalker is now twelve and a star apprentice at the Jedi Temple. His Jedi Master, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is concerned about Anakin's darker instincts. He has no idea what is soon to come. 
   Star Wars: Ongoing, Volume 3-Emissaries to Malastare story by Tim Truman,  illustrations by Tom Lyle and Robert Jones, $15.95 
This graphic novel takes place after the events of THE PHANTOM MENACE. The Jedi are lured into a trap on the exotic world of Malastare by a secret third party out to assassinate them. 
    Superman V. Predator by David Michelinie, Alexander Maleev (Illustrator), $14.95 
The Big Guy has his superhands full with a Predator in this graphic novel. How can a Predator have any hope against the Man of Steel? Give Superman an alien virus that is not-so-slowly draining his powers. 

OTHER BOOKS OF NOTE 
    How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy by Orson Scott Card, $12.99 
Card provides invaluable advice for every science fiction and fantasy writer interested in constructing stories about people, worlds and events that stretch the boundaries of the possible . . . and the magical. 
    Isaac Asimov's Robots and Aliens by Stephen Leigh and Cordell Scotten, $14.00 
In Robots and Aliens, a new challenge is put forth: What would happen if the robots of Asimov's universe were to meet alien races? Would the Three Laws that protect both humans and robots still apply when dealing with a species that is neither? 
    Moon Handbook: A 21st-Century Travel Guide by Carl Koppeschaar, $10.00 
This is a seamless blend of fact and fiction to provide as serious a travel guide to the Moon as possible. The author predicts that by the year 2020, Earth's nearest neighbor will be the ultimate travel destination. It deals with history and geology along with practical things like best places to stay and eat.

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31.QUICK TAKES 
JAR JAR IS TOAST: STAR WARS: EPISODE II star Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) has said that Jar Jar Binks may be "as good as gone" in the upcoming prequel. "EPISODE I took loads of acclaim at the box office, but a number of real fans weren't happy with it," Daniels said. "They're going to be pleased with the one we're doing now. It is definitely darker." . . . YOU MAY HAVE A LONG WAIT FOR THE EPISODE II TRAILER: George Lucas has said that he doesn't know when the first trailer for STAR WARS: EPISODE II will hit theaters, but that it likely won't appear on the DVD edition of EPISODE I. "I think the primary reason is we haven't gotten a trailer for EPISODE II yet. . . . And we don't have enough shots to even make a trailer for EPISODE II yet. . . . Traditionally we always release a trailer at Thanksgiving. There are always two trailers. There's always one at Thanksgiving, and there's always one in March. And we thought about it, but I didn't want to delay the DVD." . . . DEMI MOORE GETS UGLY: Demi Moore's production company will produce a feature film based on the 1958 Issac Asimov SF short story "The Ugly Little Boy" for Warner Brothers. The story focuses on a Neanderthal child transported 40,000 years into the future, where he teams with a nurse to evade scientists. . . . DON'T EXPECT A MUMMY THREE - at least not from the writer/director of the first two MUMMY movies, Stephen Sommers. He said that he's not interested. Sommers explained that he's primarily a writer and wants to spend his time doing that on a host of various projects. . . . CRUISE CONTEMPLATES ANOTHER IMPOSSIBLE MISSION: Tom Cruise was asked if there's be a MI3 sequel, in light of the box-office success of the first two. "We're exploring it. We're talking about it. If we can come up with a script. . . . Ideas are spinning around, and if we can figure out a way to make it different." He vowed that, if the sequel did get made, he'd load it with heart-stopping stunts. 

32.WAS A.I. TOO INTELLIGENT FOR THE U.S.?
     Brian Aldiss, on whose short story "Supertoys Last All Summer Long!," A.I. was based, has pondered why the movie didn't do better in the States. The 76-year-old author speculated that perhaps the film was too highbrow for U.S. audiences. "Perhaps audiences tired of David's winsomeness," Aldiss speculated. "Perhaps, my money is on this one, it is just too intelligent 
for adolescents, to judge by the initial runaway box-office success of the moronic new PLANET OF THE APES." 
     A.I. grossed $29 million on its opening weekend in North America, compared with PLANET OF THE APES' $68.5 million. "Of course there is no love affair, no archetypal boy meeting archetypal girl," Aldiss added. "The very missing item that excludes science fiction from wider popularity." 

33.SIGOURNEY WEAVER IS TEASING US ABOUT ALIEN 5 AGAIN 
     It's been noted previously on these pages that Sigourney Weaver has adopted a hobby of speculating, and then later denying, the possibility of shooting another ALIEN movie. Hang on to your beanies kids - she's at it again. A story has been written that Sigourney Weaver is in talks to make a fifth ALIEN movie. She says she'd be happy to reprise her role for a fifth time, and is currently in talks to see if it can happen. Weaver admits, "Yes, I've been talking to a few people - no names - about it, but I left my character not knowing even what species she was, so right now I'm a little unclear as to how things can progress." And Weaver says it was actually the untrue rumors that a fifth movie was in the works that made her give any 
thought to making the film. She says, "It was only when the rumors about Part 5 started that we realized what an appetite there was for it." 
    Okay, there's only one way to handle this. Make the movie and get Ripley eaten by one of the Aliens. Then make sure that our nasty little diner gets completely destroyed so that there's no way to clone another Ripley from its poop. Barring time-travel that's the only way to end further speculation about continuing what's been a declining franchise. 

34.E.T. GETS A MINOR MAKEOVER IN LIGHT OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS 
    E.T. will undergo a slight alteration in light of the recent terrorist attacks when it is re-released next year to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Dee Wallace Stone has said that she had been called in to change a line in the film. "There was some reference to one of the Halloween characters in the film looking like a terrorist, so we're going in to re-loop that line," Stone said. She added that the re-release will feature "new footage, from what I understand." 

35.STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE GEEKS! 
    "Jedi Knight" has made it onto the list of official religions on the 2001 United Kingdom census. The listing is a result of an Internet campaign to get STAR WARS fans to list the fictitious order on their census forms. This may seem like a minor victory in a country that lists such religions as "Druid," "Satanist" and "Heathen." Nevertheless, the new order of self-proclaimed "Jedi" feel vindicated to receive billing with the Church of England, Roman Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu. 
    Officials from the Office of National Statistics were quick to point out that giving "Jedi Knight" its own code does not confer on it the status of official recognition. "We are not defining what a religion or a faith might be," a spokeswoman said. "We are recognizing what some may have entered on their census form and ensuring that our coding framework will cater for it." 
    So the big question remaining is tax code. Will action figures now be deductible as religion icons? Can trips to Tatooine be written off? And just how exactly will tax auditors catch Jedi hanky panky? Won't they be prone to Jedi mind-control tricks? Hmmmm. 

36.EPISODE II GAG REEL IN THE WORKS 
     Allison Gibbons, apprentice editor on George Lucas' upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES, has said that she's assembling a gag reel of outtakes from the prequel. "There's been some pretty funny things," she said. "There's a few things we can't put in, because of swear words and things. Or when the lady farted on set - we were cracking up for hours here. Or when [co-star] Ewan [McGregor] couldn't get a line out, but he kept trying and trying and stuffing it up each time. It's funny to watch. It gives me something to laugh at after sitting there for three hours watching 
all this footage." 
     Gibbons, who is assisting editor Ben Burtt, is perhaps the only person on the mammoth production who has seen every second of the film's footage. "I'm the one who constantly looks at it," she said. "Because I'll have watched it all, I'll basically know where everything is on all those tapes. It's a good element to have. Not even George Lucas has seen all of that." 

37.HAYDEN RELATES TO ANAKIN'S TRANSFORMATION 
     STAR WARS: EPISODE II star Hayden Christensen said that he relates to his character's transformation into Darth Vader. "I think his transition to the dark side is very well justified," Christensen said of Anakin Skywalker. "I think when the audience sees what he's going through, it's the type of thing where the audience would have made the same choice that Anakin makes." 
     Christensen added that audiences won't see the complete change in the upcoming prequel. "He's still a good kid in this film," he said. "But there are very specific flashes of the dark side in direct reaction to what's happening to him." 

38.BRUCE WILLIS HAS STOPPED BEING AN ACTION HERO AS OF SEPT. 11 
    Actor Bruce Willis is so shocked by recent attacks on America, he's sworn never to play an action hero again. He's enjoyed the new seriousness he's reached in M. Night Shyamalan's movies THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE. He says, "I'm not an action hero anymore, and I think it would be inappropriate for me to compare anything that happens in Hollywood and the entertainment industry to the tragic loss of life on September 11th. I know people who died in that tragedy. It's impossible to wrap your mind around what happened there. What happens in Hollywood isn't real - it's about diversion. What I'm trying to do is just entertain people. I'm proud to be an entertainer." 

39.DE NIRO'S PATRIOTIC STAND 
    Robert De Niro saw red (white & blue) when a would-be film-maker approached him in the wake of the September attacks on America. De Niro was at his New York restaurant, in Tribeca (not far from ground zero) when a man came in and handed him a script focusing on the World Trade Center tragedy. The man apparently told him, "You'll play Mayor Giuliani - and win an Oscar!" Visibly stunned, De Niro snapped back, "I can't believe you're trying to cash in on this. Up yours, buddy!" De Niro then grabbed the stunned man by the collar and marched him out of his restaurant - to a chorus of cheers from diners. 

40.CHUCK NORRIS IS STUNNED AT HOW CLOSELY THE ATTACKS MIRROR HIS NEW MOVIE 
    Chuck Norris is "dumbfounded" at how closely the terrorist attacks on America mirror his upcoming movie. The eerie scenario of CBS television movie THE PRESIDENT'S MAN: GROUND ZERO, filmed four months before the attack. It has an Islamic extremist threatening to detonate an atomic bomb unless three terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center are released. The show's title even includes the name given to the devastated impact area in Manhattan where the towers crumbled. Norris said, "I am dumbfounded. When I saw the World Trade Center being destroyed on TV, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was horrible, freakish. When we did this movie, it was the furthest thing from our minds that something catastrophic would happen. But today, it certainly seems prophetic." Norris concluded, "This tragedy has pulled our country together. Now, we've got to retaliate. It's time for terrorists to learn that they have awakened a sleeping giant, and they will pay the price." 

41.RICHARD GERE ADVOCATES TREATING THE TERRORISTS WITH LOVE 
    Dalai Lama devotee Richard Gere is preaching that the best way for Americans to deal with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is with "the medicine of love and compassion." The Buddhist actor is a great believer in karma and stresses the importance of pity for everyone - including terrorists. He insists we must also think about "the terrorists who are creating such horrible future lives for themselves because of the negativity of this karma. If you see it from a much wider point of view, we're all in this together. We're all intimately interconnected in all of these actions." He adds, "It's all of our jobs to keep our minds as expansive as possible. If you can see them [the terrorists] as a relative who's dangerously sick and we have to give them medicine, and the medicine is love and compassion. There's nothing better." 

42.JACKIE CHAN WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ON SEPT. 11 
    Jackie Chan has said that he had been scheduled to shoot scenes for his film NOSEBLEED at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. Filming was canceled because of a late script. Chan said, "Filming was scheduled to have taken place at 7:00 a.m. on that Tuesday morning, and as I had to be at the top of one of the towers for one of the scenes, I would probably have died if the shooting had gone ahead as planned." He added: "Well, I guess my time is not up yet." 
    The film concerns a WTC window washer (played by Chan) who overhears a terrorist plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty. At this point it doesn't look like the movie will be made. 

43.DON'T LOOK FOR A STREAM OF PATRIOTIC HOLLYWOOD EXTRAVAGANZAS 
    There have been several attempts to compare our current conflict to World War II, mostly because both started in response to a surprise attack. There are many differences between the two - one of them is the movies that we have available. Hollywood has no plans in the works to make any film about the current international crisis that might inspire audiences "to rally for our troops" according to Chris McGurk, MGM vice chairman and COO. He said the problem is how movies are made today. "Back then, the studios could throw something together in six months or less. Now, you're talking about 18 months or two years from the script stage to releasing it. The investment levels are higher, the stakes are higher and there's more quality control." 
    Director Oliver Stone has blamed "the Wall Street crowd," saying that they "bought into the movie business big-time, and they pumped it up and forced these companies to get bigger and bigger. . . . People don't matter. It's just a corporation. That's what's scary. There's nobody at the controls. There's nobody to talk to. There's nothing personal about it."

44.MORE PRODUCTION PANICS SINCE SEPTEMBER 11 
    Studios are still scrambling to juggle production content in the wake of the terrorist attacks in September. They're editing, shifting release schedules, scrapping productions and re-ordering priorities like crazy, trying to stay ahead of a wave of reaction from theater-goers. 
    Sony's TICK TOCK, in which Jennifer Lopez plays an F.B.I. Agent racing to defuse bombs in Los Angeles has been delayed from a December to a June release. There's a possibility of shelving its release altogether. 
    Warner's is scratching its head over DESIGNATED SURVIVOR. The plot is about the destruction of the U.S. Capitol while the President, Vice-President and both Houses of Congress are present for a State of the Union address (the new President is the Secretary of Agriculture). There's talk that they're going ahead with the production - very, very quietly. 
    Fox's TRUCK 44 has caused the studio concern. It shows firefighters in peril. 
    Steven Soderbergh changed scenes in his upcoming OCEAN'S ELEVEN remake. There was a sequence involving an explosion in the New York, New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas which features a replica of the World Trade Center. Soderbergh moved the fictional disaster to another casino. 
    Martin Scorsese has delayed the intended fall release of GANGS OF NEW YORK until next year. The film is about the draft riots in New York during the Civil War. It's thought that audiences may not want to see scenes of violence on New York streets. 
    Some theater chains have scrapped plans to show  the Christian-themed MEGIDDO: THE OMEGA CODE 2. There's concern that scenes of the apocalypse and the explosion of the Coliseum in Rome may be too intense for some viewers. 
    Disney is in the process of revising the ending of its upcoming animated fantasy film LILO & STITCH in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. The film's climax originally featured the cute alien Stitch sneaking onto a commercial 747 jet, commandeering it and taking it for a joy ride between the skyscrapers in downtown Honolulu. The movie's slated for a 2002 release 
    The Walt Disney Co. also confirmed that it has postponed its scheduled December release of BAD COMPANY, a comedy thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock, because the film's plot revolves around the CIA and terrorists operating in New York City. In the original script of the Jerry Bruckheimer film, a terrorist boasts that he will touch off a nuclear device that will "turn Wall Street into a piece of charcoal." 
    Disney President and COO Robert Iger has indicated that both the company's film and TV units will likely avoid dramas about terrorist plots. "Terrorism is going to be taboo for a while," he said. He did not indicate when it might be able to resume business as usual. "It would be wise of us to take the temperature of the country and then follow that." For the time being, he said, film and TV producers will often have to make decisions about content by examining their "gut feelings." As of today, however, Iger indicated that he doesn't know what direction programming will take. "Will people want a lot more comedy based material, more family oriented and heart warming, or police action dramas? It's way too early to tell." 

45.HOLLYWOOD SOUNDS A LONG, COLLECTIVE, "DUUUUUHHHHH" 
    As so often seems to be the case nowadays, the suits in Hollywood seem to be clueless on which way to turn. They stockpiled a backlog of hastily slapped together films last spring, fearing a double strike from writers and actors. They've got us living us a steady diet of sequels, prequels and formulaic requels. Since then they've been running scared with an economic downturn here. They were just about to gear up production again when the horrible events of September 11 marked us all forever. The result has been a near freezing of production. 
    Last year, in the fourth quarter, Warner Bros. had fifteen movies in production. This year that number's dropped to three. Sony went from nine to zero. Paramount and Disney dropped from nine and seven, respectively, to two each. 
    If you consider the movies on our Desert Island lists, relatively few of them had many (or any) scenes of explosions and destruction. Hollywood has traded in innovative thinking, well-written stories and subtle performances for pyrotechnics and second-unit work. Perhaps, one small hopeful note in the present national gloom in which our nation is mired, would be if the 
people making movies now could shake the industry-wide amnesia that has descended upon it for too long. Maybe they can begin to remember what they once did right and do it again. 
    Why did a low-budget film like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT do so well? Certainly not because of great makeup and effects work! Perhaps because it told the story of a personal horror that afflicted a few people. Most of the best movies from the past have homed in on a few lives. CASABLANCA used World War II for a backdrop to tell us about Rick, Ilsa and Victor. DRACULA didn't terrorize all of London, but the small band of people that he approached as prey were far more effective in telling the story. 
    I, for one, have seen far too much carnage on CNN to want to see more of it on a theater screen. I hope that Hollywood gets a clue and finds its way out of its present doldrums. 

46.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 
    OCTOBER 5:JOY RIDE is about a good trip gone bad. A college student (Paul Walker) drives to New Jersey from Colorado with his older, prank-playing brother (Steve Zahn) to pick up the girl he has a thing for (Leelee Sobieski) from her college. On the way, a prank played on a trucker the two brothers meet during a CB radio conversation turns dark when they discover he's a psycho killer and he's out to get them. The movie was directed by John Dahl (THE LAST SEDUCTION, RED ROCK WEST). The screenwriters are the film's producer, J.J. Abrams (FOREVER YOUNG, REGARDING HENRY) and Clay Tarver, making his screenwriting debut. 
    TRAINING DAY tracks the events of the first day on the job of a rookie cop (Ethan Hawke) working in the Los Angeles Police Department's undercover narcotics unit. His partner is Alonzo, a corrupt veteran cop (Denzel Washington). The movie was directed by Antoine Fuqua (BAIT, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS). The screenwriter is the film's co-producer, David Ayer (co-writer of U-571). 

    OCTOBER 12: IRON MONKEY, the 1993 Chinese film, will finally be seen by American movie-goers. The film has been available on video for many years. Set in a 19th century China village, when a corrupt politician finds himself repeatedly robbed by a masked bandit, Iron Monkey, named after a local deity, he forces a traveling physician into investigating the mystery and stopping him by holding his young son in jail. It's loosely based upon the British legend of Robin Hood. It also features the same historical Chinese figure, Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924), whose life has been the basis for nearly 100 films in China, including THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER and ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA. The martial arts demonstrated are heart-poundingly awesome! The fight choreographer is Yuen Woo-Ping, the finest kung-fu choreographer in the business. You may have seen his work in THE MATRIX and CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. 

    OCTOBER 19: FROM HELL tracks the most notorious serial killer of all time. Scotland Yard investigator Frederick Abberline (Johnny Depp) investigates the mysterious deaths of prostitutes in the Whitechapel district of London during the Victorian Era of England; a London and time of rampant poverty, disease, crime, and grimy people living grimy lives. As the 
murders continue, Abberline's search brings him closer to what may (or may not) be the truth . . . and it has something to do with the Royal Family. The cast also contains Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Heather Graham and Sir Ian Richardson. The directors are Albert & Allen Hughes (MENACE II SOCIETY, DEAD PRESIDENTS). The screenwriters are Terry Hayes (MAD MAX 2: ROAD WARRIOR, cowriter of VERTICAL LIMIT) and Rafael Yglesias (FEARLESS, LES MISERABLES). It's based on a graphic novel written by Alan Moore. 
    THE LAST CASTLE is a different kind of prison movie. This one is set in a military prison. A three-star general (Robert Redford) is wrongly court-martialed and sentenced to a military maximum security prison. He rallies the 1,200 inmates to revolt against the corrupt warden (James Gandolfini, AKA "Tony Soprano") and his guards. Robin Wright Penn plays Redford's daughter. The director is Rod Lurie (THE CONTENDER). The screenplay was written by first-timer David Scarpa, with a re-write by Graham Yost (BROKEN ARROW, SPEED, HARD RAIN). 

    OCTOBER 24: BONES is about Jimmy Bones (Snoop Doggy Dogg), a legendary protector and patron of his thriving neighborhood. Over 20 years after his death by gunshot in 1979, Jimmy Bones comes back as a ghost. He discovers that crime and drugs have crumbled the neighborhood. He's going to wreak revenge on those who killed him and to clean up the mess that they've made of the streets. Pam Grier plays Bones' girlfriend who is now a clairvoyant. The director is Ernest Dickerson (DEMON KNIGHT, BULLETPROOF). The screenplay was written by Adam Simon (CARNOSAUR, BRAIN DEAD) and Tim Metcalfe (cowriter of KALIFORNIA, FRIGHT NIGHT PART II). 

    OCTOBER 26: K-PAX looks like a "very-special-person-changing-people's-lives" movie, in the tradition of PHENOMENON, MICHAEL and STARMAN. Prot (Kevin Spacey) is a mysterious new patient at a mental hospital who claims to come from a distant planet called K-Pax. As his psychiatrist, Dr. Gene Brewer (Jeff Bridges), tries to figure out exactly how to help him, the doctor gradually begins to realize the so-called alien is having a remarkable effect on the mental health of the hospital's other patients. Determined to prove the stranger is nothing more than a tragic victim of multiple-personality disorder, the doctor soon finds himself doubting his own diagnosis. The director is Iain Softley (HACKERS, THE WINGS OF THE DOVE, BACKBEAT). The screenwriter is Charles Leavitt (THE MIGHTY, THE SUNCHASER). It's based upon the 1995 novel of the same title by Gene Brewer. The novel's author used his own name for the name of the psychiatrist in the book. 
    This movie was attached to Will Smith's name after his role in MEN IN BLACK in 1997. He was to have played the alien. The film just wasn't getting made. After the project kicked around for three years in development hell, Kevin Spacey agreed to star. 
    13 GHOSTS is a remake of the 1960 horror film from the king of horror gimmicks, director William Castle. In this version, as in the original, old Uncle Cyrus dies and leaves his house to his broke nephew (Tony Shalhoub), who moves in with his daughter (Shannon Elizabeth). With the house come two unexpected pluses (or minuses): it has 13 ghosts. They can only be seen with a special pair of glasses. Cyrus has spent a lifetime constructing the ultimate house to contain the souls of 13 ghosts, to be used for a secret purpose. The souls Cyrus needs are unique: they all must have died tragically in some way, be it through their own actions or by someone else's. Latin inscriptions run along the lengths of corridors made of glass, meant to contain the troubled spirits inside each of their chambers. To top it off, the rooms themselves move throughout the house depending on the placement of the stars and the zodiac in the night sky. The ghosts have names like The Breaker, The Hammer, Big Baby, Headless Torso and 1950's Teenage Boy. The film marks the directoral debut of visual effects artist, Steve Beck. The credited writers are first-timer Neal Marshall, director Steve Beck, Todd Alcott (cowriter of ANTZ), James Gunn (THE SPECIALS, co-writer of TROMEO AND JULIET) and Rich d'Ovidio (co-writer of EXIT WOUNDS). 
    This is the second remake of a Castle film in as many years from Dark Castle, the company run by his daughter. The first was HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL.

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47.THE BRONZE IS BACK, SORT OF 
    More than 2 million unique users logged onto UPN's re-launched official Web site for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER the first day it went live Oct. 1. But the new site significantly altered the fan posting board known as The Bronze, after the Sunnydale nightclub favored by BUFFY and her friends. A version of the old Bronze posting board, formerly situated on The WB's BUFFY site, remains active at an alternative site. 
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48.REPLAY TV, THE NEXT GENERATION 
     Replay TV, one of the makers of the digital video recorder that record shows on its hard drive, is about to introduce its new 4000 series of DVR's in November. There's a model 4040 that can record up to 40 hours for $699, the 4080 gets you 80 hours for $999, the 4160 records 160 hours and costs $1,499, and their big boy - the 4320 - captures up to 320 hours for $1,999. All of the models connect to the Internet via a cable or DSL modem. Consumers can e-mail recorded content to friends who also have a 4000 series DVR (some broadcasters may encrypt their programming to prevent this). They'll also have AutoSkip to bypass commercials. 
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49.DEEP DISCOUNTS ON DVD's ONLINE 
    DeepDiscountDVD, is, like its name implies, a place to find discounted DVD's on popular titles. They guarantee the lowest total price on any individual, in stock, DVD of any other Online retailer of DVDs. If you find an individual DVD offered from any other Online retailer they'll match the lower advertised price. They ship everything freight-free and offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if, for any reason, you're unhappy with your purchase. They intend to keep their pricing policy a permanent fixture, rather than use it to lure prospects and then edge prices up. If you're collecting DVD's, you might want to check them out. 

50.BLOCKBUSTER IS NOW SERVING GRILLED SWORDFISH 
    Blockbuster Video has decided to place warning stickers on all new releases that might contain potentially disturbing terrorist themes. The stickers will read, "In light of the events of September 11, please note that this product contains scenes that may be disturbing to some viewers." 
   So far they're only bringing one movie that will earn the sticker - SWORDFISH. Warner's is none too happy about this. They defend the film, saying that it's an anti-terrorist film. At one point the main character, played by Travolta, says, "Our job is to make terrorism so horrific that it becomes unthinkable to attack Americans." Blockbuster counters that if this were a theatrical release it would have been delayed. 
    One wonders if there is a hidden motive for Blockbuster here. Their chairman, John Antioco, expressed displeasure with Warner for pricing the VHS as a sell-through (it's listed at $22.98). The fear is that many consumers will run to discounters like BestBuys and WalMart to buy it, rather than renting it from Blockbuster. It could also be a gumbo of genuine concern, corprorate petulance and an over-reaction to tragic events. 
    Look for SWORDFISH to release on October 30 (see below). The sticker will stay in place for at least a month. 

51.THE FINAL FANTASY DVD IS A THRILLER 
    The upcoming DVD of FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN contains a bizarre extra: a remake of Michael Jackson's Thriller music video featuring the computer-animated characters from FINAL FANTASY. Characters in the music video include Dr. Aki Ross, Dr. Sid and Gray. 
    The two-disc FINAL FANTASY DVD will be released on Oct. 23. Other supplemental material will include features that allow the user to re-edit scenes, a minimovie of Aki's dream, an alternate opening sequence and two audio commentaries by directors and artists. The DVD will carry a suggested retail price of $29.95. 

52.THE BUFFY DVD IS FINALLY SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE 
     The long-awaited DVD of the complete first season of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER will come out on Jan. 15, 2002. Presented in full frame with English and French 2.0 surround tracks, the DVD will include a full-length audio commentary by creator Joss Whedon on the episode "Welcome to Hellmouth." 
    The DVD will also feature three Whedon interviews on six episodes ("Hellmouth," "The Harvest," "Witch," "Never Kill a Boy on the First Date," "Angel" and "Puppet Show"), an interview with actor David Boreanaz, a BUFFY trailer, the original pilot script, a photo gallery, biographies and DVD-ROM Web links. The suggested retail price is $39.95 for the three-disc set. 

53.SHATNER MIND MELDS WITH NIMOY 
    William Shatner said that he and STAR TREK co-star Leonard Nimoy wanted to set the record straight in MIND MELD: SECRETS BEHIND THE VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME, a new video with a frank, unscripted conversation between the two actors about their careers, lives and the effect of STAR TREK. "We wanted to put something definitive down for the record, but the conditions were two friends talking one-on-one," Shatner said. "It makes it a revealing, honest interchange of feeling and thoughts that no interview would have been capable of doing." 
    MIND MELD comes out on DVD and VHS Nov. 6. The 80-minute conversation about the tragedies and triumphs of the two science fiction legends was shot in high-definition video and is presented in widescreen letterbox format. During the conversation, both men discuss their often contentious relationship with TREK creator Gene Roddenberry and celebrate their long friendship. Shatner discusses his father's death, and Nimoy reveals the difficulties he suffered as a result of playing Spock. 
Nimoy talks candidly about his problems with alcoholism and Shatner talks about the alcohol-related death of his third wife, Nerine. Both men speak fondly of DeForest Kelley (McCoy). 
    The stars come up with their own questions for each other, as well as those gathered from Internet fans. The video was filmed at Nimoy's home. The DVD includes a photo gallery with exclusive images. MIND MELD is available at Shatner's official Web site. 

54.DVD ENHANCES EPISODE I 
    Lucasfilm spent about $4 million on the production of new material for the DVD edition of STAR WARS: EPISODE I. Filmmakers spent a year and a half producing the double-disc set, which features seven scenes that were cut from the movie before they were fully produced. Director George Lucas was so enamored of the newly completed shots, which each last only a few seconds, that he has incorporated several of them into the DVD version of EPISODE I, which is due for release on Oct. 16. 
    Lucas told reporters at a recent presentation at Skywalker Ranch in Northern California that the first three STAR WARS movies would not hit DVD until at least 2006, after EPISODE III comes out theatrically around 2005. DVD versions of EPISODE II and EPISODE III should come sooner, following the pattern of other DVD releases. 

55.NEW LINE BECOMES LORD OF THE DVD AND VCR 
    In a very unusual bit of marketing, New Line will be selling special LORD OF THE RINGS-themed DVD players and VCR's in its Online shop, starting Oct. 10. The JVC DVD player, with a suggested retail price of $199.95, comes with a new 17-minute DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Peter Jackson's upcoming RINGS movies. The JVC stereo VCR ($109.95) comes with a 17-minute VHS tape of the same footage. The first RINGS movie, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, opens Dec. 19. 

56.MICHAEL GROSS BATTLES THE WORMS IN ROUND THREE 
    Michael Gross, who reprises the role of survivalist gun nut Bert Gummer in the upcoming straight-to-video TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION, said that he thinks the third installment in the franchise is the best yet. "I think it will be great for the fans of TREMORS I to get back to our roots and see some of their favorite characters a little older, and Bert too," he said. "Wait until you see the size of the guns I have in the first part of the movie. The writers have given Bert the usual overkill, his 
overpreparedness." 
    TREMORS 3 takes the story back to the small town of Perfection, Nevada, where the underground-dwelling "graboids" and the two-legged "shriekers" have mutated into a new, surprising form, Gross said. "People have told me, frankly, that they thought TREMORS 3 was better than the first two movies," he added. "In TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS, you may remember that we went down to Mexico to save an oil company from the creatures. I always thought that was odd. People hate oil companies! Here, we're back in Perfection, Nevada, and we're saving women and children, and it's back to our roots." 
    The film comes from the creators of the original 1990 TREMORS film, Nancy Roberts, S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, who directs this time around. Though the sequel features new creatures, it brings back familiar faces from the first movie, including Charlotte Stewart as Nancy; Ariana Richards as her daughter, Mindy; Tony Genaro as Miguel; and Bobby Jayne as Melvin Plug. Gross takes center stage in the third installment. 
    Gross admits that everyone was pleasantly surprised by the durability of the franchise. "I think the writers were able to create a movie that is both horrific, which appeals to the sci-fi fans, but has quirky humor," he said. TREMORS 3 goes on sale Oct. 2 in both VHS and DVD formats. 

57.VIDEOCY 
Rental titles releasing 10/2: TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION The gun-toting survivalist from the first two Tremors films returns to his onetime home of Perfection, Nev., where he finds a cheesy theme park based on the frightening creatures, the Graboids. See the story above for further details. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $26.98. 

Rental titles releasing 10/9: CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION is, believe it or not, number SEVEN in this rickety franchise. A pair of FBI investigators follows a sadistic serial killer into a remote Nebraska town, where they uncover more than they bargained for, including the killer's dark bloodlines and a well kept secret about the town's children. The VHS is a
rental. The DVD sells for $32.99. 

Rental title releasing 10/16: ANIMA is about ruinous secrets and their discovery. A couple who escaped from Nazi Germany try to live a simple life until it is disrupted by a reporter doing a story on taxidermy. He becomes convinced they are ex-Nazis when he discovers an odd puppet theater the couple operates in their basement that re-creates the Nazi era using stuffed 
creatures. He wants to exploit their dark secrets regarding taxidermy and mummification. The VHS is a rental. The DVD costs $29.95. . . . THE CRIMSON RIVERS exports a good old fashioned American past time (serial murder) and tries it out on the French. A killer leaves a trail of his tortured victims in a small town as a message to the world. Two French policemen, one investigating a grisly murder at a remote mountain college, the other working on the desecration of a young girl's grave by skinheads, are brought together by the clues from their respective cases. Soon after they start working together, more murders are committed, and the pair begin to discover just what dark secrets are behind the killings. The movie's in French with subtitles. Jean Reno plays the murdering Frenchman. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $24.95. . . . RAT is about a family with a serious problem - the beer swilling, gambling lout of a husband and father (Pete Postlethwaite) has metamorphosed into a small white rat. The family reactions range from horror to a blasé' matter-of-factness. This surreal 
comedy hails from Ireland. It earned very enthusiastic reviews. See what all the shouting's about. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $26.98. . . . REPLICANT gives viewers a chance to see twice as much Van Damme as usual. Just like he did in MAXIMUM RISK and DOUBLE IMPACT, Jean-Claude generously shares top billing with himself. In this one scientists create a genetic clone of a serial killer to help the police find the real killer. Van Damme plays both killer and hunter. This is the best review any of his movies have gotten in years. The VHS is a rental. The DVD goes for $24.98. 

Rental titles releasing 10/23: FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRIT WITHIN is based on the hit video game. This film blazed new trails in the field of computer animation. It centers around a young female scientist who searches for a way to save the Earth from alien predators. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $29.95. . . . GINGER SNAPS is a carefully styled revisionist take on a classic horror theme. Two sisters find themselves trapped in suburbia. They're obsessed with death - until they get a taste of the real thing. A bite from a mysterious wild animal slowly turns one of them (Ginger) into a bloodthirsty monster. The VHS is a rental. The DVD sells for $19.98. 

Rental titles releasing 10/30: DOOMSDAYER is another paint-by-numbers action film. This is about a criminal bent on destroying the world (that does seem to be the latest vogue for evil criminals nowadays). He acquires the ultimate weapon of mass destruction and sets out to destroy the Earth. A member of an anti-terrorism organization travels the world to find and stop the potential Armageddon. The little-seen Brigitte Nielsen came out of hiding long enough to make this film. The VHS is a rental. The DVD is $24.95. . . . ROAD RAGE is sort of a DUEL wannabe (for those of you remember the 1971 Steven Spielberg TV-movie with Dennis Weaver) . A young couple gets more than they bargained for after accidentally cutting off a big truck. The other driver stalks them on a desolate highway. The VHS is a rental. The DVD goes out at $29.99. . . . ROUTE 666 stars Lou Diamond Phillips and Lori Petty as Federal agents transporting a Federally protected witness from the deserted Route 66 badlands to LA, they must evade Mafioso who want Rabbit dead. They take the cursed and closed 'Route 666' road as a short cut and find themselves tormented by the zombies of four murderer/prisoners who were the center of a violent clash years earlier. The VHS is a rental. The DVD is $24.99. 

Sell through titles releasing 10/2:  ANATOMY is a German horror film with an American feel. When an ambitious medical student gets accepted into a prestigious anatomy class her classmates begin turning up dead themselves. She discovers a secret society where the members like to perform autopsies on live subjects. The film's available in either dubbed or subtitles English. This VHS sells for $14.95. . . . BOOGEYMEN brings together 17 great horror-flick baddies of the last 40 years, ranging from Norman Bates to Leatherface to Freddy Krueger to Chuckie. Accompanying the clips of their dastardly deeds are optional FlixFacts trivia bits and an optional commentary soundtrack from Robert Englund.  The VHS is $14.98. The DVD goes for $19.98. . . . BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA chronicles the evolution of women in horror films from hapless victim to empowered heroine and looks at how these films reflected the changing role of women in society. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark hosts. This DVD sells for $19.99. . . . CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is the superb martial arts movie from China that was released last year. Two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when a treasured sword is stolen. A young aristocrat preparing for her arranged marriage reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. You have your choice of subtitled or dubbed on VHS. The price is $19.96. . . . DARK CITY is a science-fiction/film-noir. A man awakens in a hotel room with no recollection of anything and finds out he's wanted for a series of murders. He escapes from the strangers who are following him, who stop time to alter reality, and figures out his true identity. The VHS is available in widescreen at $14.98. The DVD is $19.98. . . . DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS makes many peoples lists of "Desert Island Movies for Your Worst Enemy." This waste of celluloid is based on the popular game of the same name. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD is $24.98. . . . EYE OF THE BEHOLDER is a startling journey into obsession, set in the surreal world of a high-tech voyeur. A nameless private eye (Ewan McGregor) shadows the same woman (who happens to be a serial killer of men) all over the U.S. for 10 + years, without her ever knowing and he strangely enough occasionally acts as her guardian angel. The VHS is $9.95. . . . THE INDIAN TOMB is a 1921 German classic. It is being offered in two parts. Part One is THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR An American architect travels to India to work for the Maharajah of Eschanapur and falls in love with his girlfriend, a beautiful temple dancer. Part Two picks up where THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR left off. It includes a daring rescue during a sandstorm, a trek through the jungle, an encounter with a cave of lepers and a bloody palace rebellion. Each of these two DVD's sells for $29.99. . . . GODMONSTER OF INDIAN FLATS SPECIAL EDITION is easily the finest mutant sheep movie ever made! A huge inhuman embryo forms from an ancient mine's gaseous vapors and grows into an 8-foot mutant sheep in a local mad scientist's lab. The movie was played theatrically in 1973 until patrons suffered from massive seizures that later cut short of the film's circulation. This was due to the flashing colors of red that occurred in scenes where the sheep was held in captivity during an experiment. The DVD is $24.99. . . . MONSTER MANIA traces the evolution of horror films, featuring footage from dozens of classic and contemporary favorites. From mummies to mutants, from phantoms to aliens, MONSTER MANIA packs a crypt-full of terrifying ghouls into this chilling overview of classic, big-screen monsters. It's hosted by Jack Palance. The DVD is selling for $19.99. . . . MORTAL KOMBAT and MORTAL KOMBAT II release today. In the original, three martial arts warriors engage in the ultimate battle of good vs. evil. The battle continues in the sequel. A marital arts warrior and his fighting friends go up against the evil "Outworlders," trying to stop them from annihilating the planet. Based on the video game of the same name. The VHS sells for $9.94. The DVD goes for $19.98. . . . THE MUMMY, from 1959, stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. A British archeological team uncovers the tomb of an Egyptian priestess and awakens a curse when they disturb the body of her protector. The VHS is $9.94. The DVD sells for $14.95. . . . Not to be confused, but the THE MUMMY RETURNS, released in 2001, follows closely in the plot established by its 1999 predecessor. Set in 1935, Rick and Evelyn are now married, settled in London and raising their son when Imhotep is resurrected. The VHS sells for $22.98. The DVD is $26.98. . . . POSSESSED is based on the actual events that inspired the book and movie THE EXORCIST.  This is the only documented demonic exorcism in the United States that the Catholic Church has ever performed. Timothy Dalton and Henry Czerny play priests. Christopher Plummer plays an archbishop. The VHS is $19.98. The DVD sells for $24.98. . . . Today you can buy ROBOCOP, the original movie, on DVD. This is the now-familiar story of a fatally wounded Detroit cop who gets back on the job after he is turned into a robotic weapon. This DVD sells for $19.98. . . . If you prefer you can pick up the THE ROBOCOP COLLECTION GIFT SET, which includes the original and the two sequels. This VHS set sells for $24.96. . . . SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE is the fictionalized account of the filming of the 1922 silent classic, NOSFERATU. An obsessive director (F.W. Murnau, played by John Malkovich) wants to make the most realistic vampire film ever. He puts his cast and crew at risk when he casts the ultimate method actor to the role of Nosferatu. He is acting, isn't he? Find out for yourself. The VHS is $14.98. . . . SPAWN is about a government assassin who is betrayed and murdered. He's given a choice - stay and face hell's torments forever or return to Earth and serve as the general of Satan's army. He chooses badly. Now he has to face the consequences of his return as the demon, Spawn. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . STAR TREK: VOYAGER has five episodes releasing today - episode 47, "The Chute;" episode 48, "Remember;" episode 49, "The Swarm;" episode 50, "Future's End–Part I" and episode 51, "Future's End–Part II." They're all on VHS for $14.95 each. . . . THE TERMINATOR SPECIAL EDITION is the story of the cyborg vs. the mother of mankind's future savior. It's bristling with the usual bells and whistles. This DVD sells for $26.98. . . . WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? is loaded with very talented Oscar winning and nominated people, producing a movie that must have made a few Academy members want to re-consider their decision. Garry Shandling stars as a nebbish-alien named Harold on a mission to impregnate a woman. Annette Benning owns the field that he eventually plows. Ben Kingsley is his alien-commander. John Goodman is his Earthly nemesis. The VHS is $9.95. 

Sell through titles releasing 10/9: THE GODFATHER COLLECTION is a DVD offer you can't refuse. The five discs contain the three films (PART II is on two discs) and a disc chock-a-block full of bonus material. . . . A pair of movies are releasing today honoring classic Italian horror directors. DARIO ARGENTO: AN EYE FOR HORROR is a behind the scenes documentary of this Italian horror director's dark secrets including his rock-influenced music, use of special effects, his camera work, and haunting imagery, from his early career to the present day. MARIO BAVA: MAESTRO OF THE MACABRE profiles the grand master of Italian horror. Though marketed as B-movies during the 1960s and 1970s, Bava's films have earned a large cult following for their artistry and their ability to chill viewers with uncanny skill. These DVD's sell for $19.99 each. . . . CARTOON CRAZYS: SPOOKY TOONS brings us Popeye, Casper, Betty Boop Koko the Klown along with a cast of hundreds scaring and being scared throughout the vast haunted world of cartoon land. Will Bluto scare Olive Oyl into a date? Or will Popeye save the day? The answer to this and other spooky mysteries are all here just waiting for you to watch them . . . if you dare! Both the VHS and DVD go for $9.98. . . . CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD stars make-up effects wizard Tom Savini as a man who arrives in a rural Pennsylvania town with the dream of developing a small piece of land. But the land in question is an old cemetery and those buried there are awakened and begin preying on the living. Tom opens a giant can of whoop-ass on the zombies. Both the VHS and the DVD sell for $24.98. . . . CIRCUS OF HORRORS is a cult favorite from 1960. Trying to emulate the success of Hammer Films, Anglo-Amalgamated gave the world this little shocker before it 
went belly-up. A deranged plastic surgeon takes over a traveling circus, then transforms horribly disfigured young women into ravishing beauties and forces them to perform in his three-ring extravaganza. They begin dying hideous deaths when they decide they want out. The cast includes Hammer star Yvonne Monlaur. This DVD sells for $24.98. . . . CLASSIC DICK TRACY MOVIES offers a trio of the straight-shooting gumshoe from the pen of cartoonist Chester Gould. None of these Dick Tracy films, made by RKO in the 1940's, are particularly extraordinary, but they are fun. The actors are charming, and the atmosphere of the films is nice and seedy. Plus, they often mixed in a little sci-fi and some comic strip style humor (such as characters named Dr. A. Tomic and I. M. Learned) in with the bargain basement film noir that manages to set the films somewhat apart from other crime-themed B-films of the time. We've got DICK TRACY VS. CUEBALL (1946) featuring Morgan Conway as Tracy. There's DICK TRACY MEETS GRUESOME (1947), with Boris Karloff as Gruesome, who uses Dr. A. Tomic's experimental gas (which causes people to freeze in place) to commit daring bank robbery. Ralph Byrd, the actor usually associated with Tracy, is back to play him in these last two films. In DICK TRACY 'S DILEMMA (1947) our favorite cop faces down a hook armed killer named the claw. Both the VHS and DVD are $9.98. . . . CROUCHING 
TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON is the movie that served as a wakeup call to American audiences that martial movies exist, and that they're often wonderful. Two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when a treasured sword is stolen. A young aristocrat preparing for her arranged marriage reveals her superior fighting talents and her romantic past. This DVD sells for $27.96. . . . Last month we reported on a new DVD enhancement called Superbit, that does away with a lot of the DVD extras and uses that space for enhanced picture and sound. The first batch are coming our way now. We've got DESPERADO, THE FIFTH ELEMENT and JOHNNY MNEMONIC. They sell for $27.96 each. Or as a SUPERBIT-THREE PACK for  $73.95. . . DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, from 1920, is often mistakenly called the first filmed version of this Robert Louis Stevenson story. It wasn't even the first in 1920 (a pre-Hollywood Louis B. Mayer slapped one together that year when he was still a Boston theater owner). This is the fifth version, and one of the finest. The great John Barrymore starred in this movie about a saintly man who is forced to confront his darker side. This DVD sells for $29.95. . . . THE EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS DRACULA is the story of a sexy young actress who was attacked by Count Dracula in the 1960s. She has decided that she no longer wants to be a vampire. She must seduce three female virgins in one night to break the curse. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD is $19.98. . . . FUNNY GAMES is a brutal 1997 Austrian movie that's been compared to watching a hundred-minute-long extended dance remix of the ear-slicing in RESERVOIR DOGS. A pair of polite, bland-ish German teenagers encounter a woman, her husband and son in a remote lakeside cottage, then spend the weekend terrorizing them with "funny games." One of the two sociopaths is given to making asides directly to the viewer, on the order of, "You are on their side, aren't you?" The point of all this, apparently, is that the audience is implicated in the action, because we, as pop-culture consumers, consume torture and protracted murder as entertainment. Both the VHS and the DVD are $14.98. . . . THE GAUCHO was made in 1927 when Douglas Fairbanks was at the pinnacle of his fame. His buoyant on-screen charm is matched only by his superb and graceful athleticism. He is secure in his position as one of the very greatest of cinema legends. He plays an adventurous swordsman who helps capture a pack of bandits that robbed the beautiful mountainside shrine that is home to a beautiful woman with healing powers. The DVD is $29.95. . . . GRIM PRAIRIE TALES features James Earl Jones and Brad Dourif as a pair of drifters out on the range who meet and swap scary stories. There are four tales in this anthology. The VHS is $9.98. . . . HABIT, from writer/director/editor/star Larry Fessenden, who has taken the familiar genres of horror, vampirism, sexual obsession, and addiction, looked at them from the inside out, and blended them into a quixotic journey which leads the audience into a realistic horror of how deadly these afflictions can become. Alcoholic delusions cause Sam to believe Anna is a vampire. . . at least, they might be delusions. Both the VHS and DVD are $14.98. . . . HALLOWEEN 4 has good ol' Michael Myers taking a break from lying comatose in a maximum security prison hospital to take up his old hobby, whittling screaming people. The DVD is $24.98. . . . HORROR 101 features a mysterious professor who shows his students the path to face their deepest fears, which leaves them struggling for their lives. The VHS is $29.95. The DVD goes for $19.95. . . . HYBRID: THE OUTER LIMITS OF HORROR is a 1997 film from director Fred Olen Ray. Genetic experiments run wild in an isolated desert laboratory where a group of space renegades are hiding. The cast includes scream queens JJ North and Brinke Stevens. The DVD is $19.98. . . . THE PENALTY is a 1920 Lon Chaney masterpeice. He plays a deranged criminal crazed from a childhood operation in which both his legs were perhaps needlessly amputated after an accident. He eventually becomes a mob leader of the San Francisco underworld. Out for revenge against the surgeon who performed his operation, he undergoes brain surgery which has a chance of altering his anti-social behavior. This DVD sells for $29.95. . . . THE POSSESSION OF NURSE SHERRI is a classic Al Adamson stinker from 1977. Adamson is the the man responsible for works like PSYCHO A GO-GO, BLOOD OF DRACULA'S CASTLE and SATAN'S SADISTS. In this a beautiful nurse is possessed by an evil spirit (shown as a smear of green crayon) who turns her into a killer who stalks the hospital's corridors. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . THE SEXY 6th SENSE is a silacone-rich porn-parody of the famous recent movie. In this rendition A geeky young man is haunted by visions of gorgeous, ghostly lesbian strippers and seeks the help of a sexy psychiatrist with more than therapy on her mind. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . STARWOIDS is an independent documentary that follows fans of STAR WARS waiting in line for six weeks to be the first to view STAR WARS, EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE on opening day. It's narrated by Kevin Smith. This DVD sells for $40.00. . . . SUSPIRIA is a 1977 Italian film co-written directed by Dario Argento. A young American dancer joins a European dance school that is really a front for a murderous sect. This VHS retails for $9.98. . . . THEATRE OF DEATH stars Christopher Lee as the brooding, possibly monstrous director of the Grand Guignol in Paris. When a series of horrific murders plagues the city, the trail leads directly to the theater and its cast. The DVD sells for $24.98. 

Sell through titles releasing 10/16: You prayed for it, you wrote threatening letters to Santa about it, you even placed your dentures under your pillow hoping the geek-fairy would leave it for you. Well, your wait is over. STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE releases today on DVD. You can pick up Jar Jar's favorite film for $29.98. . . . With the holidays coming, as well as other significant gift-giving opportunities (my birthday's in November) we got ourselves some gift sets today. All of them come are offered in VHS for $59.98 and on DVD for $104.98. We've got THE ALIEN LEGACY GIFT SET. It's the perfect gift for obsessed fans who cry themselves to sleep every night, wondering if Ripley's all right. The set includes ALIEN, ALIENS SPECIAL EDITION, ALIEN 3 and ALIEN RESURRECTION. Next we have the THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER COLLECTION GIFT SET. For people who want to sample the big fella's thespian tendencies you can check out this collection which includes THE TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, TOTAL RECALL, TRUE LIES and PREDATOR. THE BRUCE LEE GIFT SET is perfect for folks that love flying feet and bad dubbing. The set includes THE CHINESE CONNECTION, FISTS OF FURY, GAME OF DEATH and RETURN OF THE DRAGON. . . . Perhaps the ultimate gift, for an X-FILES fanatic, even more spectacular than an entire season worth of shows, is TWO entire seasons worth of shows. THE X-FILES: SEASON ONE and SEASON TWO release today as six-disc DVD gift sets. Each set sells for (a mere) $149.98. . . . THE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER GIFT SET Includes three volumes with two episodes each that are unavailable in syndication. This VHS sells for $39.98. . . . We also have some two-tape sets. These sets are exclusively on VHS and sell for $16.98 per set. They include INDEPENDENCE DAY/ X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE, JEWEL OF THE NILE/ ROMANCING THE STONE. . . . SPEED/SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL is sort of a before and after DVD twosome. SPEED is BEFORE it became an unwatchable sequel. SPEED 2 is AFTER a once-great idea for a film rolled over and died. This 2-DVD set sells for  $34.98. . . . We also have TRUE LIES/PREDATOR double-dating today. You can pick up the Ahnold twosome for $34.98 on DVD. . . . ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT MONSTER MANIA is hosted by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She brings viewers an adventure of monstrous proportions. With razor-sharp teeth, deadly claws and giant feet, giant movie monsters have left their oversized imprints in film history. This one-hour special (originally shot for AMC) showcases such films as KING KONG and ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, examining why giant monsters frighten us and why cultures from American to British to Japanese are so obsessed with the monster phenomenon. This DVD sells for $19.99. . . . THE ATOMIC CAFE is a bone chilling documentary about the cultural changes that occurred when America entered the "atomic age." The film flips between dark humor and down right horror. There's stomach churning archive footage about the execution of the Rosenbergs for espionage. And the now hilarious footage about how civilians should protect themselves against the bomb. It makes fun of politicians and broadcasters, and leaves you feeling that you've learned something and that you won't be fooled again. This VHS edition sells for $9.95. . . . BURY ME HIGH, a 1990 Hong Kong adventure film, blends kung fu with feng shui (!). The plot has to do with three characters on a mission into a Communist Asian country (patterned after Vietnam) to shift the burial grounds of their fathers in order to change their own fates. This DVD sells for $19.95. . . . A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the story of the crotchety old skinflint, Jean Luc Picard, and how . . . Woops! Wrong Patrick Stewart character. This is the 1999, made-for-television version of Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an isolated miser who is changed forever one fateful Christmas Eve. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . FARSCAPE fans can look forward to two episodes of their favorite show debuting today on VHS and DVD. "The Flax" and "Jeremiah Crichton" double up on a single tape or disc today. The VHS $14.98 DVD $19.98. . . . HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES is a silent 1922 film from Danish director Benjamin Christensen. It uses horrific imagery in a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that witches of the middle ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. The DVD sells for $39.95. . . . NEW LEGEND OF SHAOLIN is about a Kung Fu student who has trained at a Shaolin monastery. He joins the rebel forces to overthrow the ruling oppressors, but a fellow student betrays him. The DVD costs $14.95. . . . We have a pair of films today from Spanish director, Jesus Franco. First, we've got  a widescreen version of THE SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS from 1962. A number of women in a small village are found stabbed to death and the superstitious villagers believe the murders owe to a curse a sadistic 17th century baron placed on the town. Then we've got REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF USHERS from 1982. A doctor visits his former professor in his crumbling castle and finds the man is going insane. He abducts women and uses their blood to try to awaken his comatose wife. Each of these DVD sells for $24.99. . . . RIGHTING WRONGS is a 1987 Hong Kong martial arts flick that paired Chinese star Biao Yuen (who trained along side Jackie Chan and Sammo 
Hung) with American Cynthia Rothrock (the film was done before Rothrock faded from serious martial arts star to second-tier American action flicks). Yuen is a frustrated prosecutor who decides to take the law into his own hands. Rothrock is out to stop him. Check it out on DVD for $19.95. . . . THE RULING CLASS is a very, very surreal film from England, vintage 1972. A British Lord (Peter O'Toole) believes that he is not just a British Lord, but rather that he is THE LORD - as in Jesus Christ. When he's finally cured of that delusion he secretly replaces it with another, far darker one. He thinks he is the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper. The action is bizarrely punctuated with old time song and dance numbers (my favorite was "The Varsity Rag'). The original UK version was 154 minutes. It played in US theaters at 148 minutes. It was trimmed to 141 minutes for VHS. This version is back to its old fighting weight of 154. This DVD sells for $39.95. . . . THUMB WARS: THE PHANTOM CUTICLE is a loving sendup of the original movie. Join Hand Duet and Princess Bunhead in the adventure that many people have called the best STAR WARS parody ever. Both the VHS and the DVD sells for $9.98. . . . TV GUIDE LOOKS AT SCIENCE FICTION, hosted by William Shatner, is a 1997 TV special that looked at the most popular science fiction shows in television history. The review includes THE X-FILES, STAR TREK, LOST IN SPACE, THE OUTER LIMITS, SPACE: 1999, MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, THE TIME TUNNEL, PLANET OF THE APES, BABYLON 5 and more. This DVD sells for $19.99. . . . We get a double-dip of Hitchcock today. We have THE 39 STEPS, from 1935, about an innocent man caught up in a web of counterespionage and winds up handcuffed to a femme fatale who betrays him. THE LADY VANISHES, from 1938, has a young British couple traveling on the continent who become convinced that a woman has been kidnapped off their train. Both release only on DVD for $39.95. 

Sell through titles releasing 10/23: Four martial arts flicks from 70's Hong Kong come out today. EAGLE VS. SILVER FOX, FEARLESS DRAGON, FIGHTING ACE and JADE CLAW all release today. The VHS in EP mode is $9.98. The SP tapes are $19.98. The DVD's are $14.98. . . . We have some films from grade-z hack, Ted V. Mickels (who gave the world, ASTRO-ZOMBIES). THE DOLL SQUAD SPECIAL EDITION, from 1973, has a crazed archvillain (Michael Ansara) who plots to overthrow all the world's governments by distributing bubonic plague-infected rats throughout the population. Only The Doll Squad can hope to stop him. Mikels is said to have sued TV mogul Aaron Spelling over DOLL SQUAD, claiming Spelling created CHARLIE'S ANGELS based on this film! GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS SPECIAL EDITION, from 1969, is another stinker. Here, such as it is, is the plot - a waitress runs off with unstable, grinning grease-ball to break into the dance club circuit and picks up a draft-dodging loser along the way. They all make it to LA and watch in horror as drug-dealing, murder and go-go dancing make their lives a totally un-groovy experience. Both films are exclusively on DVD and go for $24.99 each. . . . BARBARIAN QUEEN, from 1985, and BARBARIAN QUEEN II: THE EMPRESS STRIKES BACK, from 1992, is Roger Corman's low rent CONAN, bristling with T&A. In the original Amathea's (Lana Clarkson) fiancé is arrested the night before their wedding, her village is destroyed and her friends raped and slaughtered. She vows to become the Barbarian Queen and with the help of her female warriors, entices and destroys her enemies. In its sequel Amathea is now queen, gets usurped by her brother, and slugs her way back. If scenes of female torture, rape, wrestling and lots and lots of topless shots are your thing, then bon apetit! Her majesty comes in VHS and DVD, all $9.98 each. . . . THE BEASTMASTER, from 1982, gives us the unique chance to see a bad movie before it became a bad syndicated TV show! A king is murdered. His son grows up to be a martial arts expert and possess the ability to speak to animals. He seeks revenge on his father's killer. The VHS sells for $9.99. The DVD costs $19.98. . . . THE BUTCHER'S WIFE stars Demi Moore who plays a psychic woman who marries a butcher because she's seen his face in her dreams. Later she causes a stir among his friends when she starts reading their minds. She finally meets the real man of her dreams, but it's not her new husband. This DVD sells for $29.99. . . . DARK UNIVERSE is the story of an astronaut, alone on a space shuttle, who mutates into a bloodsucking monster after his ship passes through a strange space anomaly (probably the legendary bloodsucking-monster-belt). He lands in a Florida swamp where he starts killing people and infecting others. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . DNA is the impoverished retarded cousin of PREDATOR, with a touch of INDIANA JONES in the pedigree. A doctor's experiments develop a monster in a South American country. One faction wants to destroy it, the other wants to preserve it - even after its starts killing everyone. This VHS sells for $9.98. . . . DR. DOLITTLE 2 is the Eddie Murphy sequel to his recent re-make. Dr. Dolittle is busy dealing with his fame and his busier-than-ever veterinary practice when a group of forest animals approaches him to get his help in saving their homes from unscrupulous developers. The VHS and DVD sell for $22.98. . . . DUNE is the Sci-Fi Channel miniseries remake of the movie. The universe depends on "the spice" a substance mined on a desert planet where the surviving members of Duke Atreides hide after a rival lord kills him. The VHS sells for $14.98. . . . EVIL TOONS comes to us from bargain-basement director Fred Olen Ray. Four sexy teenagers take a job cleaning an old house so the new owners can move in. They discover an ancient book and accidentally bring to life an evil cartoon character that has a taste for blood. As is often the case with Fred Olen Ray movies, the movie's dotted with a lot of formerly famous faces who may not have worked for a little while. It stars David Carradine, Arte Johnson, Dick Miller and 80's scream queens Monique Gabrielle and Michelle Bauer. The DVD goes for $24.98. . . . FATAL CONFLICT, in the light of recent tragic news events, goes from being a low-budget direct-to-video sci-fi to a sickening confluence of bad taste and bad timing. A deadly brother and sister team is hell-bent on crashing a spaceship into L.A., destroying the city. Only one thing stands in their way - a sexy rebel from the future who is determined to stop them any way she can. As far as we know, this video will be released as planned, The VHS is $9.98. The DVD sells for $14.98. . . . JABBERWOCKY is the surreal 1977 comedy from some of the members of MONTY PYTHON. After the death of his father a young cooper (Dennis Cooper) goes to town where he has to survive several adventures including defeating a terrible monster that is threatening the entire kingdom. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD goes for $24.95. . . . JUDGMENT DAY is a low budget, but pretty good, direct-to-video movie that came out to ride (what turned out to be) the very short coat tails of ARMAGEDDON and DEEP IMPACT. Cultists with an enigmatic leader (Mario Van Peebles) seize the only man capable of devising a way to stop a 14-mile long meteor from hitting the Earth. A Federal Agent (Suzy Amis) and her reluctant prisoner (Ice-T) are sent to his rescue. For some people watching a film where a charismatic spiritual leader conspires to rain down death from the sky may be a little too close to recent events. The VHS sells for $9.98. The DVD is $14.98. . . . LAST STAND boasts a cookie cutter plot and characters so thin that if they were standing in front of a light you could read a newspaper through them. The world's in terrible danger. Who can save us? Is it a fat bald guy who chews with his mouth open? Nope. Maybe a woman with yellow teeth and BO? Uh uh. How 'bout a nervous little rat-faced man who spits when he talks? No way! When things get THIS desperate only a total babe with silicone breasts and big hair can thwart the dangerous criminal who threatens the world with nuclear devastation. If you're still interested, the VHS is $9.98. The DVD is $14.98. . . . Grab your coconuts! Start studying up on the flight patterns of African swallows (or wait a minute, is that a European swallow? AHHHHHHH) It's time for MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL SPECIAL EDITION. The disc version of this release is a two-disc set that includes 90 minutes of bonus footage like commentaries from directors and story, behind-the-scenes photos and sketches form the cast and more. The VHS is $14.95. The DVD is $29.95. . . . MOODSWINGERS is the perfect movie for anyone who can't get enough of watching terrorist groups committing random acts of violence. The plot centers around one hedonistic weekend where a bunch of directionless English graduates who inhabit a country mansion, are visited by three American friends bent on supplying the perfect weekend of sex and drugs. A net based terrorist group has somehow infiltrated the proceedings. The group starts committing random acts of murder and violence. It soon becomes clear that one of the revelers is not what they seem. When it was released to theaters in the U.K. this film was entitled DEAD BABIES. This DVD sells for $19.99. . . . MOON 44 is from 1990. A group of thugs overrun a space prison and terrorize their fellow prisoners. It was directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. The cast includes Michael Pare, Malcolm McDowell, Lisa Eichhorn and Emmerich's eventual producing partner, Dean Devlin. This DVD sells for $14.98. . . . PLEASENTVILLE is the delightful comedy that confronts the bland black and white lives of 50's TV characters with the colorful nuances of real life. A modern-day brother and sister get caught in a strange supernatural occurrence and wind up stuck inside a 1950s black-and-white television show about life in a small town in simpler times. The VHS is $14.98. The DVD sells for $19.98. . . . A REGULAR FRANKIE FAN is a documentary  narrated by Paul Williams. It looks at the pageantry of the THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and its colorful fans. The VHS sells for $14.98. The DVD is $19.98. . . . SONIC IMPACT is yet another direct-to-video quickie with very unfortunate timing. An FBI agent and elite commandos confront at 30,000-ft. a criminal who has hijacked a commercial airliner and prevent him from crashing it into a major U.S. city. Ice T and James Russo star in this 1999 film. It's hard to say which is scarier - that this movie is being released now, in the wake of our recent tragedy, or that the hijackers, who lived in the States for several years, may have seen this, or movies like this, while they were preparing for their "jihad." The VHS is $9.98. The DVD goes for $14.98. . . . WISHMASTER 3: BEYOND THE GATES OF HELL makes me want to take a poll. Who is watching this series? For that matter, is there anyone waiting anxiously for the next installment of the CHILDREN OF THE CORN series? How about THE SUBSTITUTE - anyone check out all four of those? It baffles me how low-budget productions get dutifully cranked out of series that no one ever seems to notice. Ah well - here's the synopsis - an unsuspecting college girl accidentally unleashes the sinister genie Djinn from his mystical tomb. Let me know if you enjoy it, who ever you are that's watching this. The DVD is $24.98. 

Sell through titles releasing 10/30: SWORDFISH is a heady mix of action and misdirection as the world's best computer hacker (Hugh Jackman) gets wrapped up in a cyberheist. The mastermind is a strange mystery man (John Travolta) who holds all the cards in what becomes a high stake game of life and death. The VHS is $22.98. The DVD is $24.98. . . . DEATH CURSE OF TARTU/STING OF DEATH is a really really bad double feature. DEATH CURSE, from 1967, is the story of four archaeology students deep in the Florida Everglades who activate the Death Curse of Tartu when they start making out and go-go dancing on an ancient Indian burial ground. This so annoys Tartu, a Seminole witch doctor dead some 400 years, that his decomposed corpse comes to life, changes into a variety of animals, and promptly starts killing everyone. STING OF  DEATH, from 1966, tells the tale of a mad marine biologist who sneaks off to an underwater lab and transforms himself into a mutant half-man, half-jellyfish who loves to attack college kids with his Sting of Death! Why? Because he's in love! Really. And with his giant bulbous head, the jellyfish man may very well be the single most hilarious-looking movie monster yet committed to film. You can sing along with Neil Sedaka (who appears in this film) when he performs his immortal hit, "Do the Jellyfish." This mess of a DVD sells for $24.99. . . . A*P*E is a Korean KONG with an American-strewn cast. Torn from his jungle home, this brutal 36-foot-tall monster unleashes a furious attack on the metropolis and people of Seoul, Korea. Nothing can withstand his rage. Buildings crumble to his touch. Armies cannot stop him. His only weakness: he has fallen for gorgeous American movie star Marilyn Baker (Joanna Kerns). Can she escape from his iron grip? Will the military be able to end his reign of destruction? A gargantuan spectacle - a heart-stopping adventure - a guy in a monkey suit - it's A*P*E!  The DVD is $24.99. . . HANGMAN has a psychotic serial killer (as opposed to a nice sensible serial killer) who taunts police with a lethal game of hangman by sending them videotapes of his murders. Lou Diamond Phillips stars. The VHS is $14.95. . . . LE PROFESSIONNEL stars French hunk Jean Paul Belmondo as a French superspy sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities. He is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. This 1981 film is in French with subtitles. This DVD sells for $24.99. . . . RUN LOLA RUN plays with time and potential realities as a plot gets run through a botched day, replaying it until it gets it right. If you haven't seen it, check it out. The DVD is $19.95. 

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58.THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
    The master of the B-movie, Samuel Z. Arkoff, died recently. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa in 1918. He didn't know that he was pioneering a whole new trend back in 1954, when he borrowed $3,000 and, with partner James Nicholson, launched American International Pictures. With minuscule budgets and laughable special effects, the pair supplied datenight entertainment for millions of young Americans, who were enjoying newfound freedoms. “Simple as it sounds today, when everyone is trying to sell everything to that audience, it was a breakthrough then,” says film historian Leonard Maltin. “Quality? There wasn't much. But I love the fact that they often did the posters before making the movie. They not only came up with the title that had been done before in B movies. They had the title and the whole sales campaign mapped out before a foot of film was shot.” The founding of AIP co-incided with the birth of rock&roll and the emergence of youth culture. 
    AIP eventually churned out or distributed more than 500 films. The titles screamed from drive-in marquees: REFORM SCHOOL GIRL, CHROME AND HOT LEATHER, IT CONQUERED THE WORLD, WILD IN THE STREETS, HIGH SCHOOL HELLCATS, X: THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES. They were enough to set today's US Senate Commerce Committee fingers wagging. But in the mid 1950s, there was no scathing Federal Trade Commission report to be found. While Washington was focusing on Hollywood's alleged ties to the Communist Party, Samuel Z Arkoff was discovering the riches of the youth movie market. Today the teen audience is a key source of studio profits and the object of a legislative firestorm over the selling of screen violence. 
    “That was an area the major companies had ignored,” said Arkoff. “Their idea of a youth movie was an Andy Hardy film with Mickey Rooney getting into a fix and going to his dad, Lewis Stone, to get straightened out. That had no appeal for young people.” 
    Everything at the studio was on the cheap, and that included actors and directors. Faded stars like Ray Milland and Chester Morris worked for a fraction of their previous salaries. So did the classic masters of horror of AIP's Edgar Allan Poe thrillers: Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone. 
    The company also helped launch the careers of such stars as Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Michael Landon, Charles Bronson, Bruce Dern, Barbara Hershey, Peter Fonda and Mike Connors. AIP was also a training ground for a new generation of directors, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Brian De Palma, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Donner and Arkoff's B-movie protégé, Roger Corman, who directed more than 30 films for AIP. 
    AIP was sold in 1979. Arkoff kept his hand in the business since then. He retained all of the re-make rights to the AIP titles. 
He served as executive producer of "Creature Features," a series of five new feature-length films inspired by his monster films from the 1950s. They're debuting in October on Cinemax.
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59.OCTOBER CALENDAR
TUE. 2: VIDEO RENTAL: TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION comes out 
            on rental. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: ANATOMY, BOOGEYMEN, CROUCHING 
            TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, DARK CITY, EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, 
            MORTAL KOMBAT, MORTAL KOMBATII, THE MUMMY, THE 
            MUMMY RETURNS, POSSESSED, THE ROBOCOP COLLECTION 
            GIFT SET, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, SPAWN, STAR TREK: 
            VOYAGER - five episodes and WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM? 
            become buyable today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION, 
            BOOGEYMEN, BRIDE OF MONSTER MANIA, DARK CITY, THE 
            INDIAN TOMB, THE TIGER OF ESCHNAPUR, GODMONSTER OF 
            INDIAN FLATS SPECIAL,  MONSTER MANIA, MORTAL KOMBAT, 
            MORTAL KOMBATII, THE MUMMY, THE MUMMY RETURNS, 
            POSSESSED, ROBOCOP, SPAWN and THE TERMINATOR SPECIAL 
            EDITION all release to sale bins today. 
FRI. 5: MOVIE - JOY RIDE and TRAINING DAY premiere today. 

TUE. 9: VIDEO RENTAL: CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION hits 
            rental shelves today. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: CARTOON CRAZYS: SPOOKY TOONS, 
            CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD, CIRCUS OF HORRORS, 
            CLASSIC DICK TRACY MOVIES, THE EROTIC RITES OF COUN- 
            TESS DRACULA, FUNNY GAMES, GRIM PRAIRIE TALES, HABIT, 
            HALLOWEEN 4, HORROR 101, THE POSSESSION OF NURSE 
            SHERRI and THE SEXY 6th SENSE all hit sale shelves today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: CHILDREN OF THE CORN: REVELATION, 
            THE GODFATHER COLLECTION, DARIO ARGENTO: AN EYE FOR 
            HORROR, MARIO BAVA: MAESTRO OF THE MACABRE, CARTOON 
            CRAZYS: SPOOKY TOONS, CHILDREN OF THE LIVING DEAD, 
            CIRCUS OF HORRORS, CLASSIC DICK TRACY MOVIES,CROUCH- 
            ING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, SUPERBIT: DESPERADO, 
            SUPERBIT: THE FIFTH ELEMENT, SUPERBIT: JOHN- 
            NY MNEMONIC, SUPERBIT-THREE PACK, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. 
            HYDE, THE EROTIC RITES OF COUNTESS DRACULA, FUNNY 
            GAMES, THE GAUCHO, HABIT, HALLOWEEN 4, HORROR 101, 
            HYBRID: THE OUTER LIMITS OF HORROR, THE PENALTY, THE 
            POSSESSION OF NURSE SHERRI, THE SEXY 6th SENSE, 
            STARWOIDS, SUSPIRIA and THEATRE OF DEATH all go out for sale 
            today. 

FRI. 12: MOVIE - IRON MONKEY premieres today. 

TUE. 16: VIDEO RENTAL: ANIMA, THE CRIMSON RIVERS, RAT, 
            REPLICANT all go out for rent today. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: THE ALIEN LEGACY GIFT SET, THE 
            ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER COLLECTION GIFT SET, THE 
            BRUCE LEE GIFT SET, THE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER GIFT 
            SET, INDEPENDENCE DAY/ X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE, 
            JEWEL OF THE NILE/ ROMANCING THE STONE, THE ATOMIC 
            CAFE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, FARSCAPE two episodes and THUMB 
            WARS: THE PHANTOM CUTICLE go up for sale today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: ANIMA, THE CRIMSON RIVERS, RAT, 
            REPLICANT, STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE, 
            THE ALIEN LEGACY GIFT SET, THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEG- 
            GER COLLECTION GIFT SET, THE BRUCE LEE GIFT SET, THE 
            X-FILES: SEASON ONE, THE X-FILES: SEASON TWO, SPEED/ 
            SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL, TRUE LIES/PREDATOR, ATTACK 
            OF THE 50 FOOT MONSTER MANIA, BURY ME HIGH, A 
            CHRISTMAS CAROL, FARSCAPE two episodes, HAXAN: WITCH- 
            CRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, NEW LEGEND OF SHAOLIN, THE 
            SADISTIC BARON VON KLAUS,REVENGE IN THE HOUSE OF 
            USHERS, RIGHTING WRONGS, THE RULING CLASS, THUMB 
            WARS: THE PHANTOM CUTICLE, TV GUIDE LOOKS AT SCIENCE 
            FICTION, THE 39 STEPS and THE LADY  VANISHES all go on sale 
            today. 

FRI. 19: MOVIE -  FROM HELL and THE LAST CASTLE preimiere today. 

TUE. 23: VIDEO RENTAL: FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRIT WITHIN and 
            GINGER SNAPS go out for rent today. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: EAGLE VS. SILVER FOX, FEARLESS 
            DRAGON, FIGHTING ACE, JADE CLAW, DNA, BARBARIAN 
            QUEEN, BARBARIAN QUEEN II: THE EMPRESS STRIKES BACK, 
            THE BEASTMASTER, DUNE, DR. DOLITTLE 2, FATAL CONFLICT, 
            JABBERWOCKY, JUDGMENT DAY, LAST STAND, MONTY PYTHON 
            AND THE HOLY GRAIL SPECIAL EDITION, PLEASENTVILLE, A 
            REGULAR FRANKIE FAN and SONIC IMPACT go on sale today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRIT WITHIN, 
            GINGER SNAPS, EAGLE VS. SILVER FOX, FEARLESS DRAGON, 
            FIGHTING ACE, JADE CLAW, THE DOLL SQUAD SPECIAL 
            EDITION, GIRL IN GOLD BOOTS SPECIAL EDITION, THE 
            BUTCHER'S WIFE, DARK UNIVERSE, BARBARIAN QUEEN, 
            BARBARIAN QUEEN II: THE EMPRESS STRIKES BACK, THE 
            BEASTMASTER, DR. DOLITTLE 2, EVIL TOONS, FATAL CON- 
            FLICT, JABBERWOCKY, JUDGMENT DAY, LAST STAND, MONTY 
            PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL SPECIAL EDITION, MOOD 
            SWINGERS, MOON 44, PLEASENTVILLE, A REGULAR FRANKIE 
            FAN, SONIC IMPACT and WISHMASTER 3: BEYOND THE GATES 
            OF HELL go on sale today. 

WED. 24: MOVIE -  BONES premieres today. 

FRI. 26 - SUN. 28: EVENT - CHILLER THEATER 

FRI. 26: MOVIE -  K-PAX and 13 GHOSTS premiere today. 
SAT. 27 - ICS MEETING 

TUE. 30: VIDEO RENTAL: DOOMSDAYER, ROAD RAGE and ROUTE 666 hit 
            the rental racks today. 
           VIDEO SELL-THROUGH: SWORDFISH and HANGMAN hit sale bins 
            today. 
           DVD SELL-THROUGH: DOOMSDAYER, ROAD RAGE, ROUTE 666, 
            SWORDFISH, DEATH CURSE OF TARTU/STING OF DEATH, 
            A*P*E, LE PROFESSIONNEL and RUN LOLA RUN go on sale today.