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Ben Barenholtz, Independent Film Stalwart and Supporter of David Lynch, Dies at 83

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Ben Barenholtz, Independent Film Stalwart and Supporter of David Lynch, Dies at 83
Independent film stalwart Ben Barenholtz, longtime supporter of David Lynch and the Coen brothers, died Wednesday in Prague after a brief illness. He was 83.

Barenholtz had been living in Prague at the time of his death, according to his friend Sony Pictures Classics executive Tom Prassis. He died in his sleep surrounded by friends, Prassis added.

Barenholtz was also a Holocaust survivor and blogged in 2010 about his experiences of escaping into the Polish countryside with 11 other people at the age of eight. He lived in the woods for two years before the war came to an end.

Barenholtz began his career in the 1960s in New York City running the now-defunct Village Theater and the Elgin Cinema. He’s credited with pioneering the concept of midnight-movie showings, including Alejandro Jodoworsky’s “El Topo,” John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos,” the six-hour Russian production of “War and Peace” and Ken Russell’s “The Devils.
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Ben Barenholtz, Who Gave the World David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, Dies at 83

Ben Barenholtz, Who Gave the World David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, Dies at 83
Ben Barenholtz, a veteran of the distribution and exhibition world who plucked David Lynch from obscurity and invented the concept of the midnight movie, died last night in Prague after a brief illness. He was 83.

Over the course of more than 50 years, Barenholtz was a major figure in the independent film community who wore a lot of hats. He began his career in the late sixties running the now-defunct Village Theater (later the Filmore East) followed by a successful stint launching the Elgin Cinema. It was there that he pioneered the concept of buzzy midnight-movie sensations, including a six-month stint for Alejandro Jodoworsky’s “El Topo” and John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos.” He also took big gambles on daring cinematic achievements, such as the six-hour Russian production of “War and Peace” and Ken Russell’s “The Devils.”

Barenholtz then ventured into distribution with Libra Films, which boasted an adventurous slate throughout
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Interview: Jack Sargeant on his “5 Great British Horror Films”

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In the latest installment of his ongoing interview series, host Stuart Wright talks with author Jack Sargeant about his 5 Great British Horror Films, which include:

The Devils (1971) Theatre of Blood! (1973) The Wicker Man (1973) Under The Skin (2013) Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

As an author Jack Sargeant’s work has been described as “dangerously inspirational” by Six Degrees magazine, his numerous books include Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (like Deathtripping now in its third English language edition), Cinema Contra Cinema and Suture. His most recent book Against Control focuses on the work of William S. Burroughs. He also edited a special film edition of the journal Abraxas for publication in 2014. He has contributed essays on film and culture to numerous books, anthologies and journals, most recently on the underground films of Jon Moritsugu and the representation of Melbourne suburbs in crime movies. He contributes a regular column to FilmInk, and has written articles for The Wire,
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Cinema Retro Season 15 Now Shipping Worldwide- Subscribe Or Renew Today!

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The first issue of Cinema Retro's 15th season (#43) has now been mailed to subscribers around the globe. Thanks to our loyal readers, the world's most unique film magazine is entering another exciting year with every issue packed with the kind of coverage of classic cinema that you've come to expect. (Issue #44 will ship in April/May and issue #45 ships in September/October.)  Our kickoff issue for the new season features the following:

Tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond classic "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" starring George Lazenby: a five-page photo feature packed with rare images, some never published before.

"Mackenna's Gold"- a look back fifty years on at the much-hyped big budget fiasco that has a fascinating back story.. This major article by Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer is the most comprehensive ever written about the troubled production that starred Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas
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Arabesque of Horror: The Legacy of Dario Argento's "Suspiria"

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Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria is now in U.S. cinemas and opens in the U.K. on November 16, 2018.Luca Guadagnino was a 10-year-old student at summer camp when he became transfixed by the poster advertising Dario Argento’s Suspiria, excitedly drawing versions of the key iconic bloodied ballerina image in his school notebook. But it wasn’t until he was 13, after seeing the actual movie broadcast on Italian television, that he knew for certain the terrifying tableaux of fantasy, fascination and fear would somehow feature in his future. And now the Oscar-nominated director has fulfilled his obsessive childhood dream of repurposing the cult shocker that so scarred his psyche in those formative years.But that has been the potent legacy of the original Suspiria for an entire generation of horror aficionados ever since it was released to huge global acclaim and box-office success to become continually listed as one of
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Horror Highlights: Dead Slate Director Announced, The Witching Hour, Morbid Colors Trailer, Living Dead Island

A director has been announced for Ghost Walk Studios and 333 Productions' Dead Slate and its none other than Staci Layne Wilson (Psycho Therapy). We have the film's production and casting news. Also: a look at the anthology Vault of the Macabre Presents the Witching Hour and a trailer for Morbid Colors.

Dead Slate First Details and Director Announced: Press Release: "Ghost Walk Studios & 333 Productions are proud to announce Staci Layne Wilson as the director of their upcoming horror feature Dead Slate.

Dead Slate takes you behind the scenes of a slasher film production and follows the stereotypical cast as they are stalked by a masked psychopath who slays in homage to classic cinematic murder set pieces. Max Wasa (Death House) will star as Sammie Borden, the film’s director of the movie-within-a-movie, and Brooke Lewis (iMurders) will portray Captain Lisa Jones. John Dugan (the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
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Apostle: The Influences of Gareth Evans Netflix Horror Movie

Matthew Schuchman Oct 20, 2018

Gareth Evans' new horror movie is streaming on Netflix, and he tells us about what went into the making of Apostle.

Gareth Evans hit the film industry like a freight train. No one saw The Raid coming, and it forever changed the landscape of action films to come. Even if you have not seen the film or its sequel, which was also helmed by Evans, you have seen the effects of its impact in other films from the latter entries in the Fast and Furious franchise to John Wick.

For his first feature length film since The Raid 2, Evans switched gears a little and made a mystery/horror film for Netflix, Apostle. The film follows Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) as he attempts to rescue his sister from the clutches of megalomaniac Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen), who is holding her for ransom, in hopes of helping
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From Streams to Screams: 23 Witchy Watches & Occult-Themed Offerings Available to Stream This October

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For today’s “From Streams to Screams” list, we’re turning our attention to the dark side and living deliciously with this collection of 23 films that are currently streaming that celebrate witches, demons, devils, and all kinds of occult-themed offerings perfect to get you ready for All Hallows’ Eve. Also, a special shout-out to FilmStruck for giving Ken Russell’s The Devils a digital home this year, and in terms of recent horror, both Satan’s Slaves and Pyewacket are very much worth your time.

So, if you’re looking for some horror that dabbles in the dark arts this October, this collection of streaming titles should undoubtedly give you some great viewing options throughout the rest of October.

Black Sunday (Available on Shudder)

A vengeful witch returns to possess her descendant in Mario Bava’s most famous film.

The Witch (Available on Netflix)

Believing that a witch has cursed their family,
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The Changeling

The Changeling

Blu ray

Severin Films

1980/ 1.85:1 / Street Date August 7, 2018

Starring George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas

Cinematography by John Coquillion

Directed by Peter Medak

The success of 70’s shockers like The Devils, The Exorcist and Alien – grindhouse films in big budget drag – opened the door to increasingly explicit studio fare – moviemakers were happy to accommodate and upped the ante in the bargain.

1980 alone saw the release of Sean Cunningham’s seminal slasher Friday the 13th, Ken Russell’s evolutionary freak out Altered States and, infamously, the unvarnished (and x-rated) depredations of Deodato’s Cannibal Holocaust.

But it was The Shining, with its rotting ghosts, blood-soaked hallways and promise of never-ending horror that personified Reagan era fright films.

Into this heavy atmosphere ambled Peter Medak’s The Changeling, an unassuming murder mystery disguised as a ghost story. Compared to its over the top contemporaries, Medak’s film seemed
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The Creepiest Nuns in Movie History

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If nuns make you nervous, you’re not alone. Whether it’s their distinctive religious attire, their unwavering devotion to a higher power, or their reputation for meting out corporal punishment in Catholic school, it’s hard to deny that there’s something vaguely eerie about them at times. As the new supernatural horror film “The Nun” prepares to haunt theaters, here’s a look at 20 movie nuns that are guaranteed to give you the creeps.

Courtesy of New Line Cinema

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Audiences first met the eerie title character of “The Nun” in the sequel to James Wan’s horror hit “The Conjuring.” Sporting a ghostly complexion, a bad attitude, and a mouthful of rotting fangs that would make Pennywise the clown jealous, the Nun is referred to by several names throughout the film, including the Marquis of Snakes, the Defiler, and the demon Valak. But don’t
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Ronnie Taylor Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Gandhi’ Cinematographer Was 93

Ronnie Taylor Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Gandhi’ Cinematographer Was 93
Ronnie Taylor, the British cinematographer who shared an Oscar for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and whose collaborations with that director and Ken Russell produced some of the most memorable films of their eras, died August 3 in Ibiza. He was 93 and had suffered a stroke months earlier.

His death was announced by The British Society of Cinematographers, where Taylor served as president from 1990-1992.

In addition to Gandhi, Taylor’s work with Attenborough includes 1985’s A Chorus Line and 1987’s Cry Freedom. Earlier, Taylor had served as camera operator on Attenborough’s Oh! What a Lovely War in 1969 and the 1972 Churchill biopic Young Winston starring Simon Ward in the title role.

As cinematographer, Taylor’s trio of Russell collaborations are The Devils (1971), Savage Messiah (1972) and Tommy (1975).

According to the Bsc, Taylor began his film career as a clapper boy on 1942’s The Young Mr. Pitt, and by the early 1960s his
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The Nun Terrorizes Taissa Farmiga in New Conjuring Spin-Off Image

The Nun Terrorizes Taissa Farmiga in New Conjuring Spin-Off Image
Just like Annabelle was the surprise scene-stealer of James Wan's The Conjuring (released in 2013), the demon nun Valak (played by Bonnie Aarons) was the surprise standout in The Conjuring 2 (released in 2016). As such, Valak is the second character from the expanding fictional universe to get her own feature film with The Nun arriving in Us theaters on September 7th. Aarons is reprising the role she commanded and made iconic; she stars alongside Demian Bichir as priest Father Burke and Taissa Farmiga as novitiate Sister Irene. We've just gotten another "First Look" (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly) of a confrontation between Valak and Sister Irene-and it's bone-chilling! In The Nun:

"When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order's unholy secret.
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Poster Art For The Cult Thriller Apostle and Director Gareth Evans Says "It's Not For the Squeamish"

Netflix has released the first poster for director Gareth Evans' (The Raid) upcoming cult thriller Apostle. The movie stars Dan Stevens (Legion) in the lead role and it sounds like it's going to be pretty crazy. Here's the synopsis that was released:

The year is 1905. Thomas Richardson travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult demanding a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it baited this man, as he digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.

When talking about the film, the director tells Nerdist that the film is "thriller with horror elements" and that "It’s not for the squeamish." He goes on to say, “But the violence in it in certain places is more inferred than what’s shown,
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Vanessa Redgrave to receive lifetime achievement award at Venice Film Festival

Vanessa Redgrave to receive lifetime achievement award at Venice Film Festival
UK actress Vanessa Redgrave will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

She was chosen by the Biennale board of directors chaired by Paolo Baratta on the recommendation of festival director Alberto Barbera.

It has already been announced that David Cronenberg will receive the festivals other lifetime achievement Golden Lion.

“Unanimously considered one of today’s best actresses, Redgrave’s sensitive, infinitely faceted performances ideally render complex and often controversial characters,” said Barbera. ”Gifted with a natural elegance, innate seductive power, and extraordinary talent,
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Danny Trejo Returns as Rondo from The Devil’s Rejects in Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell!

It was just the other day that we let you guys know that El Superbeasto himself Tom Papa has joined the cast of writer-director Rob Zombie’s upcoming sequel to House of 100 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects called 3 From Hell. And today we have f*cking awesome news via Zombie over on Instagram that Danny Trejo will be returning as Rondo from The Devils […]
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New to Streaming: ‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘Paddington 2,’ ‘Molly’s Game,’ ‘Frownland,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

All the Money in the World (Ridley Scott)

The bar has never been lower for Ridley Scott. Depending on how charitable you are willing to be to the director, he has been in a slump for either one, two, or three decades. And then, of course, there are matters outside of his control: with a finished All the Money in the World in hand and ready for a prestigious Christmas release,
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‘The Lair of the White Worm’ Blu-ray Review (Vestron Video)

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Stars: Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis, Stratford Johns, Paul Brooke, Imogen Claire, Chris Pitt, Gina McKee | Written and Directed by Ken Russell

Some of the most memorable cult horror films come from eccentrics of the genre. Ken Russell was a director who left his unforgettable mark on film history, with the likes of Tommy and The Devils. In The Lair of the White Worm he creates a truly cult experience that has stayed a truly unique piece of horror entertainment.

When Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi) a Scottish archaeologist discovers a strange skull on the site of an old convent, it seems he may have discovered the remains of the d’Ampton Worm. A legendary snake-like creature killed by local landowner James D’Amton’s (Hugh Grant) ancestor, it soon vanishes. With villagers disappearing it appears that an ancient evil has been awoken once again.

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Blu-ray Review: Dario Argento’s Opera

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It’s hard for me to even admit that Dario Argento’s Opera had been a major blind spot of mine for far too long, but I’m thankful for the recent Blu-ray release of the film, courtesy of both Scorpion Releasing and Doppelganger Releasing, as it made this cinematic discovery feel like a true work of art befitting of the Horror Maestro’s stunning and wholly unique vision, confidently displaying this slice of giallo madness from 1987. And as you can probably tell, after just one viewing, I’m 110 percent a fan of Opera now and still cannot believe it took me this long to see this wildly weird masterpiece.

For anyone who hasn’t seen Opera, I’ll do my best not to spoil the abundance of intriguing revelations that happen throughout the movie. The simplified version of the film’s core story follows an ingénue soprano named Betty
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Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Reviews: Gothic and Class Of 1999

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Why do we respond to some filmmakers and not others?

I’m a pretty film literate guy, so I’ve seen my share of both classics and avant-garde movies and understand both the films that influenced them and those on which they had a big influence. I don’t mind being challenged or taken outside of my comfort zone. But the older I get and the more movies I see, the more I resign myself to the notion that I like what I like and that I shouldn’t try to fight those feelings in the interest of appearing “highbrow.” If it comes down to a classy mess or good trash, I’ll take the good trash any day.

This brings me to the two newest Blu-ray releases from Vestron Video’s Collector’s Series line: Ken Russell’s 1986 effort Gothic and the 1990 sci-fi actioner Class of 1999, written and directed by Mark L. Lester.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Other Hell (1981)

Nunsploitation is definitely not a strong suit of mine; going through a list to see which ones I’ve viewed has left me feeling ashamed and repentant. So after three Hail Mary’s and four Our Father’s I knelt down and witnessed The Other Hell (1981), Italian grimemaster Bruno Mattei’s take on fervid religiosity, rabid dogs, satanic offspring, and enough Catholic iconography to set a priest on fire. Which is a thing that also happens.

Released in Italy in late January and rolled out around the world throughout the year (North America would have to wait until ’85), The Other Hell is pretty much what I’ve grown to love about Italian horror of the ‘70s and ‘80s – outlandish characters, loopy plotting and jaw dropping moments – but is so far and above what I’ve seen of Mattei’s other work that it gives me a nosebleed.

So, let’s get thee to a nunnery,
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