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Von Richthofen and Brown

Freshly divorced from American-International Pictures, Roger Corman leaps into the filmic mainstream with a fairly large-scale World War One aviation picture. He competes with the big studios but retains his nonconformist attitude: his retelling of the story of the Red Baron fixates on the theme of the death of chivalry in combat. For his star player Corman picks John Phillip Law, whose on-screen persona is a good fit for one of the first warrior aces of the sky.

Von Richthofen and Brown


Kl Studio Classics

1971 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 97 min. / Street Date May 21, 2019 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: John Phillip Law, Don Stroud, Barry Primus, Corin Redgrave, Stephen McHattie, Hurd Hatfield

Robert La Tourneaux, Ferdy Mayne, Peter Masterson, Clint Kimbrough, George Armitage.

Cinematography: Michael Reed

Film Editor: Alan Collins

Original Music: Hugo Friedhofer

Written by John William Corrington, Joyce H. Corrington

Produced by Gene Corman, Jimmy T. Murakami

Directed by
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Horror Highlights: The First Purge Clips, Sweet Sixteen and The Convent Screenings, Vampyr Soundtrack

Missed The First Purge in theaters last July? Well, then, check out a few clips of Gerard McMurray's film, which kicks off today's Highlights. Also: Retro Nightmares returns with Sweet Sixteen and The Convent screenings and soundtrack release details for the RPG Vampyr.

Watch The First Purge Clips: From the Press Release: "Universal City, California – The origin story to the worldwide phenomenon that redefined horror, The First Purge, the fourth chapter in the thrilling franchise, arrives on Digital and the digital movie app Movies Anywhere on September 18, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 2, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. When the New Founding Fathers of America look to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, a radical sociological theory that vents aggression is tested among an isolated community. But once the violence of oppressors clashes with the rage of the marginalized,
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Horror Highlights: Bloody Disgusting’s “Retro Nightmares” Theatrical Screenings, Travel Channel’s “Ghostober” Programming, Living Dead Dolls’ Vesper, Masters Of The Grind Indiegogo Campaign

Five cult classics, including The House on Sorority Row, are being revived on the big screen by Bloody Disgusting for their "Retro Nightmares" cinema series kicking off on September 27th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Travel Channel's "Ghostober" programming details, the latest addition to Mezco's Living Dead Dolls line, and the Indiegogo campaign for Masters of the Grind.

Bloody Disgusting's Retro Nightmares Film Series Details: Press Release: "Just in time to kick off the Halloween season, five HD digitally remastered cult horror classics--as voted online by fans--will be coming to the big screen as part of the “Bloody Disgusting Presents Retro Nightmares” Cinema Series this fall: The House on Sorority Row, Amityville: The Evil Escapes, Amityville: It’s About Time, Sweet Sixteen, and The Convent. Tickets are on sale now at for theaters nationwide.

Preeminent American horror genre website Bloody Disgusting, independent distribution company Multicom Entertainment Group,
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Happy 92nd Birthday Roger Corman! Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 92nd Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the series of Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations because of the absence of Vincent Price
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‘The Amityville Horror’ Blu-ray Review (Second Sight)

Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Helen Shaver | Written by Sandor Stern | Directed by Stuart Rosenberg

When films say they are based on true stories, it is easy to take such statements with a pinch of salt. The Amityville Horror though is one that is so enshrined in pop culture that it has a whole legend built up around it, whether it is true or not. Second Sight have now brought the popular horror to Blu-ray in the UK and it is well worth buying.

The Amityville Horror is the story of the Lutz family, who move into the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. Surprised at how cheap it was, it soon becomes apparent why when the shocking history of the house is revealed, along with the demonic presence that resides there.
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Blu-ray Review – The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Amityville Horror, 1979.

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg.

Starring James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, Meeno Peluce, John Larch, and Val Avery.


The Lutz family move into a house that was the scene of a grisly mass murder, only to flee for their lives 28 days later.

While approximately three people in the world wait with baited breath for Amityville: The Awakening, the much-delayed 157th sequel to 1979’s The Amityville Horror, the wizards at Second Sight have decided to go back to that original movie and issue it in a rather splendid limited edition steelbook, which is only apt for its debut UK Blu-ray release.

Apt because The Amityville Horror is one of those horror movies that many of us of a certain age have a fond nostalgic glow for and other 1970s big hitters like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, The Exorcist
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Happy 90th Birthday to Roger Corman – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 9oth Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” And he’s still going strong, currently producing the upcoming actioner Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the
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The Buddy Holly Story | Blu-ray Review

It’s been quite a long time since Gary Busey was taken seriously as an actor of considerable talent, but back in 1978 he almost took home an Oscar for his spectacular portrayal of Buddy Holly in director Steve Rash’s controversial bio-pic, The Buddy Holly Story. Playing a 19 year old kid from Texas on the cusp of making rock and roll history at the age of 33, Busey lost a considerable amount of weight to embody the 146 pound front man, and more impressively, performed all of the songs sprinkled throughout the film live with a fictionalized version of Holly’s backing band, The Crickets. Though Busey’s portrayal was lauded, the film itself was harshly criticized not only for this fabricated characterization which reduced his real life three piece band, featuring Niki Sullivan, Joe B. Mauldin and J.I. Allison, to a fictional drum and bass duo in Jesse Charles (Don Stroud
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Blu-ray Release: The Buddy Holly Story

Blu-ray Release Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Twilight Time

Gary Busey stars in The Buddy Holly Story.

A relatively normal Gary Busey (Insignificance) stars in the 1978 music-filled bio-pic The Buddy Holly Story, making its Blu-ray debut from Twilight Time.

Directed by Steve Rash, the movie sketches the tale of the rock-and-roll legend Buddy Holly (Busey), a Texas boy whose musical imagination changed the face of popular music. Busey and his on-screen bandmates (Charles Martin Smith, Don Stroud) played and sang Holly’s landmark songs (including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Maybe Baby,” “Peggy Sue,” and “Not Fade Away”) live for the film, which won an Academy Award for Joe Renzetti for Best Musical Score Adaptation.

As supplier Twilight Time prints up only 3,000 copies of each title, the time to order your Blu-ray discs directly from distributor Screen Archives is Now!
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Code Red Seeing Blu with Shakma, Neon Maniacs, Andy Milligan Titles, and Director's Cut of Sweet Sixteen

Code Red has been going “code blue” of late, releasing the likes of Nail Gun Massacre and Just Before Dawn on Blu-ray. We now know of seven more forthcoming Blu horror titles from the 70s, 80s, and 90s they have in the works to further empty your wallets in the coming year.

We haven’t come across any official word from Code Red regarding these newest offerings so it may be that let the proverbial cat out of the bag by listing these titles for future release the other day. In any event, here are the details:

First up, for the first time ever, a director’s cut of Jim “Forced Entry” Sotos’ 1983 chiller Sweet Sixteen, starring the all-star cast of Aleisha Shirley, Don Stroud, Bo Hopkins, Dana Kimmell, Patrick Macnee, Susan Strasberg, Larry Storch, Henry Wilcoxon, and Michael Pataki.

Sweet Sixteen (1983) - When Melissa Morgan (Aleisha Shirley), a gorgeous big city girl,
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Scary Movies Film Series Returns to New York's Lincoln Center for 7th Annual Festival

Beginning on Halloween night and running through November 7th, New York's Lincoln Center is once again playing host to a horror film festival called Scary Movies, which will see both world premieres of new horror films as well as screenings of genre faves from the past.

With oodles of filmmakers in attendance, and tons of movies being shown, it looks to be another can't miss event. Read on for all the details!

From the Press Release

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual horror fest Scary Movies returns for its 7th edition featuring several U.S. and New York City premieres among its lineup of highly anticipated horror films and thrillers, genre rarities and fan favorites. Appearances include filmmakers Eli Roth, Andrew van den Houten, Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee.

Among the nine U.S. or NYC premieres are; Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s high school horror-revenge film
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Filipino Filmmaker Romero Best Known for Horror and Action Exploitation Classics Has Died

Eddie Romero dies: Filipino filmmaker best known for his exploitation horror and action movies Eddie Romero, one of most best-known Filipino filmmakers, died of prostate cancer on Tuesday, May 28. Romero was 88. Named a National Artist of the Philippines in 2003, Romero (born on July 7, 1924, in Dumaguete City) began his film career in the late ’40s, when The Philippines were still recovering from the devastation of World War II. His international reputation rests chiefly on his low-budget horror and action movies; usually Filipino / American co-productions made in collaboration with actor-producer John Ashley. Among those are the the horror sci-fier Brides of Blood (1968), featuring veteran Kent Taylor, Beverly Powers, tropical-island natives, and radioactively mutated human-eating plants; Beast of Blood (1971), featuring John Ashley and a headless monster; The Twilight People (1972), which has no connection to either Stephenie Meyer or the Cullen Clan — in the film, reminiscent of Erle C. Kenton’s Island of Lost Souls
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Django Unchained – The Review

.Kill white folks and they pay you for it...What.s not to like?.

What.s not to like indeed as Quentin Tarantino delivers us all the finest Christmas present this year with the shockingly entertaining Django Unchained, a massive overdose of bloodshed, humor, and torture, all wrapped up with ample use of the notorious n-word. Quentin Tarantino is in exhilarating form and Spike Lee is calling for a boycott! Happy Holidays!

Set in the Deep South just before the Civil War, Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave who joins forces with bounty hunter/dentist Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German-born upper-class gentleman who appears out of the woods like a ghost and travels with a wacky giant tooth on a spring atop his wagon. He.s on the trail of the murderous Brittle brothers, and needs Django.s help in tracking his bounty.Django is
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Partner Post: 'Django Unchained' Features a Star-Studded Cast

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," a Western-style film set in the south two years before the civil war, features a star-studded ensemble. "Django Unchained" opens in theaters on Christmas Day. One of the heaviest ensembles in a film this year, Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s latest work. Quentin has always utilized a substantial number of actors in his films, and this film does the same. Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio headline this tale of Southern revenge. Franco Neri, the original Django, makes an appearance. James Russo and James Remar had a brief reunion during frigid filming in Lone Pine, California. Dennis Christopher, Don Johnson, Walton Goggins, Dana Gourrier, Nichole Galicia, Laura Cayouette, David Steen, Ato Essandoh, Sammi Rotibi, Clay Donahue Fontenot, Escalante Lundy and Miriam F. Glover, all joined Django Unchained when the production made its way to a warmer location: New Orleans,
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Coolest of Crime Cinema: Essential Blaxploitation

After all the debates, controversies, and stereotype accusations have cleared, looking back on Blaxploitation cinema today it’s easy to see healthy portions of the crime and action genres. Using these genres and the struggles of the black community, these films were created for those that wanted to see African American characters on the big screen not taking shit from the man, “getting over”, and–above all else—being the heroes in movies. In the documentary Baad Asssss Cinema, Samuel L. Jackson gives his take on the heroes of Blaxploitation: “We were tired of seeing the righteous black man. And all of a sudden we had guys who were…us. Or guys who did the things we wanted those guys to do.”

The unsung supporting players in these films that backed Fred Williamson and Pam Grier and many other stars were people acting and making a living off of it.
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The Amityville Horror Mythology Expands with New Movie

Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund is moving forward with an untitled project that expands the mythology behind The Amityville Horror.

The original 1979 thriller is based on an actual house in the Long Island neighborhood of Amityville, where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered six family members in 1974. One year later, George Lutz and his family moved into the house, where they encountered horrific, paranormal events that forced them to move out just 28 days later. This new project will be based on the experiences of Laura Didio and Marvin Scott, two journalists who investigated the bizarre incidents for Wnew-tv in New York.

Tony DeRosa-Grund and his Evergreen Media Group acquired the rights to the reporters' account of a seance that took place in the house on March 6, 1976. The news report supposedly revealed the presence of supernatural beings, including a young boy in the house. Here's what Laura Didio had to say about the project.

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DVD Review: "tick...tick...tick" (1969) Starring Jim Brown And George Kennedy

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Released in an obvious attempt to capitalize on Norman Jewison's racially-charged 1967 Oscar winner In the Heat of the Night, MGM's 1969 suspense drama tick...tick...tick... attempts to emulate the smoldering tensions in a small southern town that permeated the earlier film. The MGM release is not on the caliber of the Jewison production but it is a consistently engrossing, well-acted drama that calls to mind just how relatively recently the civil rights battle had to be fought in the American South. By 1969, integration may have been the law of the land, but in fact, there were many places where attempting to implement the law would have been a death sentence. The story takes place in small Southern town where the only thing hotter than the broiling summer temperatures is the barely-concealed rage of the local population. Seems that while the apathy of white voters resulted
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J Astro Reviews: “Def-con 4/Hell Comes To Frogtown” DVD

J Astro Reviews: “Def-con 4/Hell Comes To Frogtown” DVD
Def-con 4

1985 Canada 88min

Director: Paul Donovan, et al

Starring: Lenore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Tim Choate, Kate Lynch, Kevin King, and Jeff Pustil

Hell Comes To Frogtown

1988 USA 86min

Director: Donald G. Jackson and R.J. Kizer

Starring: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Sandahl Bergman, William Smith, Rory Calhoun, Cliff Bemis, Nicholas Worth, and Kristi Somers

Image Entertainment

Review by J Astro

Two cinematic blasts from Hollywood’s not-too-distant Cold War-inspired past are re-packaged together as a post-apocalyptic tag team on this two-for-one offering, which was made available by the folks at Image Entertainment just a few weeks ago (release date December 13, 2011). Each feature on this single-sided disc comes with its own title screen, scene selections, and a theatrical trailer. The DVD itself plays a few other vintage trailers (C.H.U.D., anyone?) before the main film selection menu. Otherwise, it’s all a pretty bare bones affair. But with mega-blockbusters like these,
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Top Ten Tuesday: The Best of Roger Corman

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Celebrated producer and director Roger Corman will be in St. Louis this weekend to help kick off the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival. We Are Movie Geeks has decided to take a look at the directing career of the man known as .King of the B.s’, a Hollywood legend who.s discovered so much talent and gave so many future directors and actors their starts, that he has to be considered a one-man movie industry. Since we just posted the Top Ten Best of Vincent Price last week and included three of the eight Corman/Price collaborations in that list, we decided to leave off the films he made with Price this week and focus on other films that he directed. Roger Corman will be at the Hi-Pointe Theater at 1005 McCausland Ave. in St. Louis on Saturday May 21 to speak
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Lee Madden

Lee Madden, best known for directing Hell’s Angels ‘69, died of complications from pneumonia on April 9 in Camarillo, a town north of Los Angeles. He was 82. The American International Pictures release Hell’s Angels ‘69, the tale of two brothers who plan on robbing Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace, was the Brooklyn-born Madden’s first feature. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is the only fiction film in which the Oakland Hell’s Angels, including leader Sonny Barger, appeared. Madden’s other features were the bikers vs. rednecks adaptation of The Magnificent Seven, Angel Unchained (1970), starring Tyne Daly and Don Stroud, and which Madden also wrote and produced; The Night God Screamed (1971), starring 1940s Fox star Jeanne Crain as a woman pursued by Christian fanatics; and Night Creature (1978), a horror thriller featuring Donald Pleasence, Nancy Kwan, and a killer leopard. Madden also directed episodes of a handful of television series in the ’70s,
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