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Interview with American Epic director Bernard MacMahon at 2016 Sundance Film Festival
31 Jan 2016
Split into four films, American Epic highlights a slice of American music history seemingly lost until now. The first three films take place in the 1920s spanning the United States from New Yor...

Bum Notes: When Musicals Went Bad
28 Jan 2016
As with the Western, the demise of the movie musical was overstated for they continue to be made to this day, but there was an undoubted decline from somewhere in the nineteen-seventies as productions...

Ninja Binger: The Cannon Ninja Trilogy
31 Dec 2015
Cannon Films did not start the ninja craze in the action movies of the nineteen-eighties – some cite Chuck Norris in The Octagon as the real beginning – but you had to agree they certainly popu...

All About Steve: The Spielberg Imitators
24 Dec 2015
When Lance Henriksen had a small role in Steven Spielberg’s science fiction blockbuster Close Encounters of the Third Kind, he was in the grand finale where the aliens arrive to meet with human...

Page to Scream 2: The Keep and Adapting More Books of the Horror Boom
11 Dec 2015
By the nineteen-eighties, the popularity of horror fiction was well-represented in both books and film, and one tended to feed upon the other as producers and studios hungry for ideas would raid the p...

Manor On Movies--Project Moon Base
9 Dec 2015
Project Moon Base (1953) Project Moon Base has everything you could want in a science-fiction yarn. Well, okay, it doesn't have a chase scene, swordfights, a toe-tapping theme song, ...

Page to Scream: Ghost Story and Adapting the Books of the Horror Boom
27 Nov 2015
Time was when adapting a horror novel into a film meant digging back to the classics, or at least the fairly well-thought of, so the big movies of the early years of the genre tended to be crafted fro...

So Long, Soledad: Vampyros Lesbos and She Killed in Ecstasy
6 Nov 2015
If it had not been for a fatal car accident in 1970, who knows where the career of Spanish actress Soledad Miranda would have ended up? It’s a question that hangs over her death in the minds of her f...

Shakin' with Laughter or Stirred into Action: Silly Bond vs Serious Bond
1 Oct 2015
It’s quite the dichotomy, but it’s probably the only major franchise that has lasted so long with this as its defining feature, even though you’re supposed to take it seriously. The James Bond series...

Green Screen: Ecological Horror of the 1970s
28 Aug 2015
Although the United Kingdom had its Keep Britain Tidy campaign running from the late nineteen-sixties onwards, with posters and leaflets you hoped did not end up tossed aside in the street like Roy Hu...

What in the Weird? Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers
13 Aug 2015
In Britain back in the nineteen-eighties, if you wanted to scare yourself when you were of a tender age, then the best way to go about it would either be to watch a video nasty should you be able to g...

Public Info Ltd: The Essential Richard Massingham
26 Jul 2015
Not everyone likes being told what to do, when to do it and the method to use, even if it will do them good, so for public information films there is an obstacle to overcome in that they would be play...

Who Ordered a Seqwolf? Howling II and American Werewolf in Paris
22 Jun 2015
There had been werewolf movies around almost since the horror genre began in the silent days, but the real hit that established a bunch of rules seeming so authentic they became part of the folklore w...

Animania 2000: Halas and Batchelor Cartoons
14 Jun 2015
While over in the United States there were a wealth of animation studios jostling for position, in Britain for many decades there was really only one that made much of an impact until Bob Godfrey, Cos...

Going Medieval: Black Angel and Excalibur
17 May 2015
The sword and sorcery genre that blossomed briefly in the nineteen-eighties took a few forms, but mostly what you’d get would either be set in some desert landscape, or at least some sunbleached regio...

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