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‘Rabid’: Film Review

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‘Rabid’: Film Review
The most uneven of David Cronenberg’s early commercial horror features, the 1977 “Rabid,” was nonetheless probably the biggest success among them, in large part due to the novelty value of seeing “Behind the Green Door” porn superstar and erstwhile Ivory Snow detergent-box model Marilyn Chambers in a lurid mainstream vehicle. It’s also the one ripest for remake, if only because his just-prior “Shivers” aka “They Came from Within” and ensuing “The Brood” should be left alone — largely reviled upon release, they’re now rightly considered genre classics. Lacking their outrageous ideas and cumulative narrative momentum despite some striking elements, “Rabid” nonetheless has a strong-enough basic concept to warrant revisiting.

In theory, “twisted twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska are fair candidates for that job: Like Cronenberg, they’re Canadian, attracted to body-horror, and have cut their own path from micro-budget projects toward the mainstream. They also claim they dislike remakes as a rule,
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Howard Shore (‘The Song of Names’ composer): This film ‘brought me a little closer to my father’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Howard Shore (‘The Song of Names’ composer): This film ‘brought me a little closer to my father’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
The Song of Names” “offers a really great palette for music,” says composer Howard Shore. “It covers 50 years,” including the periods before, during and after WWII. And the story involves “a virtuoso violinist, so the music score onscreen and the score itself were very appealing to work on.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Shore above.

Directed by Francois Girard, the Sony Pictures Classic release centers on a man (Tim Roth) haunted by the disappearance of his best friend (Clive Owen), a violin prodigy, before a 1951 concert that would’ve launched his promising music career. When he discovers his friend might still be alive, he searches the globe to find him.

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Before Shore ever saw the footage for the film he delved into his own research, “filling my mind and intellect up with the period and the music that we chose for the onscreen performances.
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Fantasia 2019’s First Wave of Programming Includes Critters Attack!, Satanic Panic, Come To Daddy, Little Monsters

With the 23rd annual Fantasia International Film Festival kicking off in Montreal this July, the first wave of programming has now been revealed, giving horror fans plenty of must-see titles to add to their watch lists this year, including Fangoria's Satanic Panic, the world premiere of Critters Attack!, Come to Daddy, Little Monsters, Phantom of Winnipeg, and many more movies!

Check out Fantasia's full first wave of programming below, visit their website for more information, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the festival!

"Montreal, Quebec - 29 May 2019 - The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 23rd Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 11 - August 1, with its Frontières International Co-Production Market being held July 18 - 21. The festival’s full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced in early July. In the meantime, Fantasia is excited to reveal a selected first wave of titles,
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May 28th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Blue Velvet: The Criterion Collection, Greta, Climax, The Uncanny, When A Stranger Calls Back

Before we say goodbye to the month of May, we have one final day of Blu-ray and DVD releases ahead of us, and it’s an eclectic bunch of titles, to say the least. If you missed them in theaters earlier this year, Gaspar Noé’s Climax as well as Neil Jordan’s Greta hit both formats this Tuesday, and for you David Lynch lovers out there, Criterion is showing Blue Velvet some much-deserved love with their brand-new release of the cult classic as well.

Scream Factory is doing the dark lord’s work with their new Blus for both When A Stranger Calls Back and The Alligator People, and Severin Films is bringing home The Uncanny in HD for the first time ever this week.

Other home media releases for May 28th include Double Impact, Near Extinction, Splatter Farm, and a Shark Attack 3-Pack.

The Alligator People

Terror in the Bayou!
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Severin’s May Blu-ray Releases Include The Uncanny, Masked Mutilator, and Saint Bernard

Looking to add some scares to your viewing slate this summer? Severin Films has you covered (in blood) with their upcoming May Blu-ray releases that include The Uncanny, the wrestling horror movie Masked Mutilator, and Saint Bernard from writer, director, and makeup effects master Gabe Bartalos:

"This May, Severin Films is unleashing three visionary films that only the strongest viewers will be able to witness without losing their sanity. May 28th brings the long- awaited disc debut of the classic anthology horror The Uncanny, starring Peter Cushing & Ray Milland. May 14th sees the arrival of two brand-new, very different, outsider visions: FX guru Gabe Bartalos’ unhinged St. Bernard breaks down the barriers of good taste and Masked Mutilator splatters the blood of the wrestling ring all over Severin’s sub-label Intervision Picture Corp.

The Uncanny:

In 1977, legendary Amicus co-founder Milton Subotsky teamed with Canadian producer Claude Héroux for the anthology shocker CelluloidDiaries.
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Dead Stars: David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" and "Maps to the Stars"

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David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (2012) is showing November 24 – December 23 and Maps to the Stars (2014) from November 25 – December 24, 2018 on Mubi in the United Kingdom. Of the many grotesqueries and monsters that have appeared in the films of David Cronenberg—the brain-blowing psychics of Scanners; the fecal parasites that turn their hosts in violent lunatics in Shivers; the parthenogenetic bastard spawn of a deranged mother in The Brood; Dead Ringers’ drug-addled gynecologist identical twin brothers; the somatic video game system that plugs into your spine in eXistenZ, et cetera—none seems more ghastly, or more disturbing, than his depiction of the rich. They are nefarious, narcissistic, affluent malefactors who saunter through their own little solipsistic worlds, free from the proletarian notion of reality, with its petty consequences, its pitiable poor. In Cosmopolis (2012) and Maps to the Stars (2014), his pasquinades of the rich, Cronenberg remains as savage as in his body-horror films; but instead of violations of the flesh,
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The First Child’s Play Script Gave Chucky Completely Different Origins

The upcoming Child’s Play reboot is currently drawing criticism from fans for its reported intention to rewrite Chucky’s origins, turning the face of this franchise into a robot gone psycho, rather than a doll with the soul of a serial killer. But according to writer Don Mancini, the murderous mascot of this series could’ve had a very different backstory right from the start.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the creator of the long-running horror saga recalled how the killer doll was initially written in a script titled “Blood Buddy” to be the result of a lonely child’s wish:

“In the original premise, Chucky — or Buddy as he was called then — was not possessed by a serial killer. Instead, in my script, the supernatural inciting incident was different,” said Mancini. “The way that the doll came to life was that because Andy is a lonely kid — no dad around,
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WWE Smackdown Live – Oct 30th: Results & Review

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Welcome to this weeks review of Smackdown Live, this blue brands go-home show on the road to Crown Jewel…Where there’s a certain WWE superstar set to be written out of the controversial event tonight.

Match #1: WWE Champion Aj Styles def. Daniel Bryan The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Per the order of Shane-o-Mac, WWE Champion Aj Styles and Daniel Bryan threw down with the title on the line three days early on SmackDown Live. A contentious atmosphere permeated through the arena with each Superstar hellbent on walking out of Atlanta with the WWE Title over their shoulder. The two wasted no time bringing the energy, exchanging several high-impact moves in the early goings. None were bigger than a suicide dive by Bryan to Styles on the floor that definitely did its damage to Aj, but Bryan appeared to tweak his knee.

Soon, The Phenomenal One targeted Bryan’s harmed knee,
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Cronenberg Turning Down Return of the Jedi Was Met with Stunned Silence

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It's hard to believe now, but Lucasfilm approached horror director David Cronenberg about possibly directing Return of the Jedi in the early 1980s. In a recent interview, Cronenberg recalled getting the invitation and explained why he said no. The director has carved out a successful career since turning down a chance to play in the Star Wars universe with some of the most iconic characters in cinematic history. However, one has to imagine what it would have been like had he said yes to Lucasfilm.

David Cronenberg's career is about to be celebrated at this year's Beyond Fest in Los Angeles and he took a second out of his day to discuss getting a phone call from Lucasfilm that many directors would give their tight arm for. Getting a chance to direct Return of the Jedi would have certainly sent Cronenberg's career off into a different path, for a little while at least.
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Exclusive Interviews: ‘Seeds’ Director Owen Long & Stars Trevor Long & Andrea Chen

Owen Long, Trevor Long & Andrea Chen Interviews For Seeds

When we reviewed Seeds as part of our Arrow Video Frightfest Coverage, we announced it as possibly the darkest film screening at the festival. And when we said dark, we didn’t mean in terms of lighting. The film deals with a distraught man, Marcus (Trevor Long), whom has very inappropriate desires towards his niece Lily (Andrea Chen). Seeds follows Marcus as he struggles with his feelings, and as lines get blurred, things get very, very disturbing.

As dark as the viewing experience was, Seeds is oddly compelling, taking the audience on a deadly dangerous journey. Not a film that will please all, it will nonetheless encourage discussions. With this in mind, we sought out three of the key players of the film: writer and director Owen Long, his brother and leading man, Trevor Long (star of Ozark), and Andrea Chen
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Venice Honors David Cronenberg, an Artist Who Likes to Make Waves

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Venice Honors David Cronenberg, an Artist Who Likes to Make Waves
When David Cronenberg accepts his Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival, the occasion will be marked by a screening of one of his 21 films. Cronenberg’s selection? “M. Butterfly,” his 1993 adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s Tony-winning play, about the decades-spanning love affair between a cross-dressing Chinese opera singer and the French diplomat unaware of his lover’s gender identity.

It’s a surprising choice, but then surprises are to be expected from the 75-year-old Canadian auteur, who has consistently evaded predictability across a five-decade career. “M. Butterfly” is rarely spoken of by critics as one of Cronenberg’s essential, or indeed quintessential, works: Reviews at the time were cool, and the film hasn’t built much of a revisionist following since. Yet Cronenberg is said to consider it among his most personal films. On closer inspection, you can see why. In an oeuvre that has
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Beyond Fest Unleashes 13-film Cronenberg with Cronenberg Retrospective

Beyond Fest Unleashes 13-film Cronenberg with Cronenberg Retrospective
Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the Us, is excited to announce Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh, an exhaustive, 13-film celebration of the legendary auteur's career. Returning to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, David Cronenberg will be in attendance for three, special event screenings at the legendary Egyptian Theatre where he will be joined by actors, collaborators, and guest moderators.

Co-presented by Telefilm Canada, the American Cinematheque's partner for the annual Canada Now film festival, and with the support of the Consulate General of Canada, Cronenberg on Cronenberg opens on Saturday, September 29th with The Shaping of Rage, an all-day marathon of David Cronenberg's early films, Shivers, Rabid, The Brood, and Scanners, presented sequentially and on 35mm. That evening, Cronenberg will be joined by long-time collaborator Howard Shore for a 30th anniversary screening of Dead Ringers with director Mick Garris
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Beyond Fest 2018 Announces 13-Film Celebration Cronenberg With Cronenberg: A Retrospective Of The New Flesh

If you love the films of David Cronenberg and don't live in the Los Angeles area, you better start booking your travel. Beyond Fest just announced Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh, a 13-film celebration of David Cronenberg's career with special guests:

Press Release: Los Angeles, - Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the U.S., is excited to announce Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh - an exhaustive,13-film celebration of the legendary autuer’s career. Returning to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, David Cronenberg will be in attendance for three, special event screenings at the legendary Egyptian Theatre where he will be joined by actors, collaborators, and guest moderators.

Co-presented by Telefilm Canada, the American Cinematheque’s partner for the annual Canada Now film festival, and with the support of the Consulate General of Canada, Cronenberg on Cronenberg opens on Saturday,
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David Cronenberg Retrospective Set For Beyond Fest With Director Joining In

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David Cronenberg Retrospective Set For Beyond Fest With Director Joining In
From The Fly to Scanners to A History of Violence, cult auteur David Cronenberg has brought some amazing — and sometimes mind-bending — work to Hollywood. Beyond Fest is set to honor the legendary filmmaker’s distinct vision this year with “Cronenberg with Cronenberg: A Retrospective of the New Flesh,” an exhaustive, 13-film celebration of his career.

Cronenberg will be in attendance for the genre film festival for three of the special-event screenings at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. He will be joined by actors, collaborators and guest moderators including Debbie Harry, Geena Davis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Howard Shore.

“Cronenberg on Cronenberg” will kick off September 29 with “The Shaping of Rage,” an all-day marathon of David Cronenberg’s early films including Shivers, Rabid, The Brood and Scanners which will all be presented sequentially and on 35mm. That evening, Cronenberg will be joined by longtime collaborator Shore for a 30th anniversary
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Big Bang Theory Star Battles Gremlin Monsters in The Cleanse Trailer

Big Bang Theory Star Battles Gremlin Monsters in The Cleanse Trailer
Love Gremlins? Adore The Big Bang Theory? Then you're definitely going to want to settle in for The Cleanse. Johnny Galecki takes a rare turn on the big screen in this 80s-style monster movie that is sure to tickle your spine and punch you in the gut, weirdly going out of its way to make you cringe in the process. This is not for the squeamish.

Johnny Galecki (TV's Big Bang Theory) plays Paul Berger, an unemployed, down and out, heartbroken man searching for happiness. When Paul sees an ad for a spiritual retreat promising to restart your life, he immediately signs up, hoping to cleanse himself and fix his broken existence. But after only a few days, he discovers the cleanse is releasing more than just everyday toxins...A lot more.

Also starring Anna Friel, plus Oliver Platt and Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston (Best Supporting Actress, Prizzi's Honor,
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Crypt of Curiosities – The Early Feature Films of David Cronenberg

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David Cronenberg was my first favorite director. Even before I knew what a director did, or before I’d seen more than a grand total of two of his films, I knew this to be true. Seeing his name above both The Fly and Videodrome was enough for me to realize that there was something special about this one, and every film I’d subsequently watch would only help enforce that, diving me deeper and deeper into nightmare worlds of body transformation and sexual obsession. But as my last Crypt entry discussed, every director has to start somewhere—and with Cronenberg, that “somewhere” is two brief feature films, micro-budget experimental movies that help lay the groundwork for some of the greatest works from one of cinema’s greatest artists.

His first feature, Stereo (1969), is something of an independent miracle. Running only a little over an hour, Stereo was made on
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October Horrors 2017 Day 29 – The Fly (1986)

The Fly, 1986.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, and John Getz.

Synopsis:

Seth Brundle is an eccentric but brilliant scientist who has invented a pair of device that could change the world; teleportation pods. Deciding to test his inventions by teleporting himself, Brundle fails to notice the presence of small fly that has joined him in the pod. With the pods inadvertently fusing the DNA of Brundle and the fly, the human guinea pig soon begins to undergo a terrifying transformation into a human insect.

Of all sub-genres of horror, the one that really freaks me out is the one dubbed “body horror”, a genre that depicts often the human body undergoing some kind of gruesome and terrifying transformation through scientific mishap or parasitic infestation.

The master of this genre for years was the Canadian director David Cronenberg who brought us the disgusting delights of Shivers, The Brood
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Carolyn Cronenberg, Film Editor and David Cronenberg’s Wife, Dies at 66

Carolyn Cronenberg, Film Editor and David Cronenberg’s Wife, Dies at 66
Carolyn Cronenberg has died at age 66. The wife of director David Cronenberg, Carolyn had a career in film editing and filmmaking herself. She passed away in her home on June 19 after an unspecified illness. “She was caring, kind, compassionate, loving, and by far the best person any of us has ever known,” a family obituary reads.

Read More: David Cronenberg: Why He’s Considering Retiring From Filmmaking

The pair met in 1977 while Carolyn was working as a production assistant on David’s early science-fiction horror movie “Rabid.” She would go on to have editing credits on her husband’s movies “The Brood” and “Fast Company,” while later directing behind-the-scenes documentaries “Acts of Violence” and “Too Commercial for Cannes.” The former explored the use of violence in “A History of Violence,” while the latter documented David’s trip to Cannes with the Viggo Mortensen-starring drama.

Carolyn and David have two children,
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 8 Recap: Did You Like That Song?

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series."Did you like that song?" the boy (Xolo Mariduena) asks the girl (Tikaeni Faircrest). His words are hesitant and tentative—tinged with naiveté, therefore open and earnest. "Yes," the girl replies, playing along with the courtship ritual. "I did like that song." Yet there's a sense in the slight pause between his question and her answer that she could say anything. That awkward dead space is filled with possibilities—positive, negative and in-between. And what excitement there is in that. This exchange comes toward the end of Part 8 of Mark Frost and David Lynch's revived Twin Peaks, though the quiet beauty of the moment is offset by the many horrors (and wonders) that precede it…and that, will indeed, follow it. It's easy
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Horror Highlights: Kid Savage, The Shadow Effect Q&A, Bride Of Re-animator / Society Double Feature, 15 Second Horror Film Challenge

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner, and Man of Action fans on the East Coast will have the chance to meet Kid Savage creators Joe Kelly and Ilya at select locations. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a Q&A with The Shadow Effect (out now on VOD, Digital HD, and DVD from Momentum Pictures) co-director Obin Olson, details on a Hollywood double feature screening of Bride of Re-Animator and Society, and information on the 15 Second Horror Film Challenge.

Meet the Kid Savage Creators on Free Comic Book Day: "Saturday, May 6 on Free Comic Book Day

Signing Image Comics/Man of Action's Silver Selection

Kid Savage

Meet Joe Kelly

Kid Savage creator/writer and Man of Action partner

11:00 Am - 12:30 Pm

The Comic Book Depot in Wantagh, NY 2847 Jerusalem Avenue

1:00 Pm - 3:00 Pm

Grasshoppers Comics in Williston 76 Hillside Avenue

Meet Ilya

Kid Savage
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