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!
13.LOTR EN MASSE
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
26.THINGS TO COME
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
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 .
47.THE BRONZE IS BACK, SORT OF
48.REPLAY TV, THE NEXT GENERATION
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
58.THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
We remember Samuel Z. Arkoff.
59. OCTOBER CALENDAR
|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
3.OCTOBER I: THE BASICS
4.OCTOBER II: THE MOVIES
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.
6.OCTOBER IV: THE ALL-NIGHTER
7.OCTOBER V: FAVORITE LINES
8.OCTOBER VI: COSTUMES
9.THE ICS DOES THE FANEX FALL
10.GET WELL WISHES
11.WE BOUGHT A BULB!
13.LOTR EN MASSE
|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
16.DAWN THE VAMPIRE SLAYER?
17.ENTERPRISE HELPS TO RENEW
THE TREK FRANCHISE
18.SOME TREK FANS HATE THE
19.FARSCAPE SEASON WILL HAVE
A BIG ENDING
20.JERI RYAN - FROM 7 OF 9
21.ABC AND FOX DUEL OVER TIME
22.LUCY LAWLESS BLABS ABOUT
23.TV: HALLOWEEN MOVIES FOR
ON BASIC CABLE
13 GHOSTS (1960) 10/13 AMC 10 PM/ 10/14, 4
24.TV: HALLOWEEN COMES TO
THE SMALL SCREEN!
ANNE RICE: VAMPIRES, WITCHES
AND BEST SELLERS
WEEK OF 10/1: Premiere of MUTANT-X, BEASTMASTER
TUE. 2 - AMC, 12:15 AM- FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
WED. 3 - AMC, 6AM THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933)
THUR. 4 - TCM, 12:30 AM- THE WALKING DEAD (1936)
FRI. 5 - AMC 12:30 AM- CREATURE FROM THE BLACK
SAT. 6 - AMC, 2:35 AM- THE ANGRY RED
SUN. 7 - AMC, 12:30 AM- THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL
MON. 8 - TCM, 12 MID. - THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919)
TUE. 9 - AMC, 8 PM - THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
WED. 10 - AMC, 1:30 AM - THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
THUR. 11 - TCM, 1 AM- THE UNKNOWN (1927)
FRI. 12 - TV: AMC, 6 AM- THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
SAT. 13 - TV: AMC, 12 MID.- THE RAVEN (1935)
SUN. 14 - TV: AMC 4 AM- 13 GHOSTS (1960)
WEEKOF 10/15: Premiere of TRACKER
MON. 15 - TCM, 12 MID.- NOSFERATU (1922)
TUE. 16 - AMC, 8 PM- FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
WED. 17 - AMC, 1:30- AM FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
THUR. 18 - TCM, 12:30 AM- SCARED TO DEATH (1947)
FRI. 19 - AMC, 2:30 AM- THE OMEN (1976)
SAT. 20 - AMC, 2 AM- THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM
SUN. 21 - AMC, 2:30 AM- THE WEREWOLF (1956)
MON. 22 - Food, 12 MID- HALLOWEEN TREATS FROM
TUE. 23 - AMC, 3:45 AM- SECONDS (1966)
WED. 24 - AMC, 1:30 AM -INVASION OF THE BODY
THUR. 25 - TCM, 12:15 AM- HOUSE OF WAX (1953)
FRI. 26 - AMC, 8 AM- SUPERNATURAL (1933)
SAT 27 - AMC, 12 MID.- FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
SUN. 28 - AMC, 1:45 AM- THE BRIDE (1985)
MON. 29 - TCM, 12 MID-. UNHOLY THREE (1925)
TUE. 30 - AMC, 1:15 AM- THE WEREWOLF
WED. 31 - AMC, 12 MID- DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978)
THUR. 1 - AMC, 12 MID.- DRACULA (1931)
|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 email@example.com. 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].
|27.SABERHAGEN RETURNS TO
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
29.RECENT TITLES: BOOKS ABOUT
30.RECENT TITLES: MEDIA TIE-INS
OTHER BOOKS OF NOTE
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.?
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
36.EPISODE II GAG REEL IN
37.HAYDEN RELATES TO ANAKIN'S
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,
46.IMAGINATIVE CINEMA FOR
THE MONTH OF OCTOBER
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
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.
|47.THE BRONZE IS BACK, SORT
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.
|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.
|49.DEEP DISCOUNTS ON DVD's
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
51.THE FINAL FANTASY DVD IS
52.THE BUFFY DVD IS FINALLY
SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE
53.SHATNER MIND MELDS WITH
54.DVD ENHANCES EPISODE I
55.NEW LINE BECOMES LORD OF
THE DVD AND VCR
56.MICHAEL GROSS BATTLES THE
WORMS IN ROUND THREE
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 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
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
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
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.
|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.
TUE. 2: VIDEO RENTAL: TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION comes out
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:
FRI. 12: MOVIE - IRON MONKEY premieres today.
TUE. 16: VIDEO RENTAL: ANIMA, THE CRIMSON RIVERS,
FRI. 19: MOVIE - FROM HELL and THE LAST CASTLE preimiere today.
TUE. 23: VIDEO RENTAL: FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRIT
WED. 24: MOVIE - BONES premieres today.
FRI. 26 - SUN. 28: EVENT - CHILLER THEATER
FRI. 26: MOVIE - K-PAX and 13 GHOSTS
TUE. 30: VIDEO RENTAL: DOOMSDAYER, ROAD RAGE
and ROUTE 666 hit