Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge



1985 American Feature

Cast: Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler, Clu Gulager, Hope Lange, Marshall Bell, Melinda O. Fee, Thom McFadden, Sydney Walsh and Robert Englund
Director: Jack Sholder
Writer: David Chaskin

Synopsis:
After his family moves to Elm Street, Jesse Walsh begins having horrific nightmares about sadistic serial killer Freddy Krueger, who vows to take over Jesse's body to continue his vile crimes against the children of Elm Street.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 42% / Audience: 50%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • The first sequel to 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street. Six more sequels followed — A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), New Nightmare (1994) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003) — as well as a remake in 2010.
  • Casting Call: Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and John Stamos.
  • Largely regarded as having distinct homoerotic subtext. The main character of Jesse (played by out actor Mark Patton) can be read as a teenage boy struggling with his sexuality, wrestling with whether to come out or not and having his own sexual desires manifested by Freddy Krueger; his object of affection is not the girl next door, but his male best friend. However, the most obvious (blatantly so) example is Jesse's encounter with his gym teacher in a gay S&M leather bar.
  • For years, the filmmakers said that any homoeroticism in the film was unintentional, but Freddy's Revenge screenwriter David Chaskin finally admitted (in the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) that the homosexual themes were intentionally written into the script. And although director Jack Sholder has said that he was completely unaware that Chaskin had done this, he still managed to make the gay themes even more explicit in the film than what they were in the original screenplay.
  • Mark Patton's Jesse Walsh is regarded by horror film afficiandos as mainstream cinema's first male "scream queen".

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Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte



1964 American Feature

Cast: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Buono, Mary Astor, Wesley Addy, William Campbell and Bruce Dern
Director: Robert Aldrich
Writer: Henry Farrell and Lukas Heller, based on the short story What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? by Henry Farrell

Synopsis:
An aging, reclusive southern belle, plagued by a horrifying family secret, descends into madness after the arrival of a long lost relative.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 82%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Moorehead), Cinematography - Black and White, Art Direction - Black and White, Costume Design - Black and White, Score - Substantially Original, Original Song ("Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte") and Film Editing.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Moorehead).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Henry Farrell's short story What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? was unpublished at the time he and Lukas Heller adapted it into this film.
  • Following the unexpected box-office success of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, director Robert Aldrich wanted to reunite stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. However, after Crawford worked less than two weeks on the film, she quit, claiming she was ill (reportedly Crawford later told a friend, "I'm not sick. I just couldn't stand working another minute with that Bette Davis"). Olivia de Havilland replaced her in the role of Miriam.
  • Casting Call: Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Ann Sheridan, Barbara Stanwyck and Loretta Young.
  • Actress Mary Astor's final film.
  • A film version of the stage spoof Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte is currently in pre-production. Written and directed by Billy Clift (who also directed the What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? parody Baby Jane?), the film will star Matthew Martin as Charlotte, Varla Jean Merman as Miriam and Mink Stole as Velma.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dressed to Kill



1980 American Feature

Cast: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz, David Margulies, Ken Baker, Susanna Clemm and Brandon Maggart
Writer/Director: Brian De Palma

Synopsis:
When a sexually frustrated housewife is murdered in an elevator by a mysterious killer, a prostitute who witnessed the crime teams with the victim's son to find out the truth.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 84% / Audience: 71%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for New Star of the Year - Female (Allen).
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Actress (Dickinson).

Notes/Trivia:
  • In the late 1970s, Brian De Palma wrote a screenplay based on Gerald Walker's Cruising, but was unable to obtain the rights to the material. Cruising, the story of a series of brutal murders in the gay New York underworld, was subsequently adapted and directed by William Friedkin, while De Palma fashioned some of the elements from his own Cruising screenplay into Dressed to Kill. Both films were released, to great controversy (and after numerous battles with the MPAA to avoid X ratings), in 1980.
  • Casting Call: Sean Connery and Liv Ullmann.

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The Descent



2005 British Feature

Cast: Shauna MacDonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone and Oliver Milburn
Writer/Director: Neil Marshall

Synopsis:
Six girlfriends reunite for a caving expedition, but their adventure goes horribly wrong when a collapse traps them deep underground and they find themselves pursued by a strange breed of flesh-eating predators.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 85% / Audience: 72%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 71% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Horror Film.
  • British Independent Film Awards for Best Director and Technical Achievement (Editing).

Notes/Trivia:
  • It was initially planned to have a co-ed cast, but the filmmakers decided to defy horror movie conventions and go with an all-female cast.
  • The original British ending of the film was deemed "too dark" for American audiences and was edited out of the US version.
  • The American poster art for The Descent was inspired by photographer Philippe Halsman's "In Voluptate Mors". This same imagery was also used in the poster for The Silence of the Lambs.
  • A sequel, titled The Descent Part 2, was released in 2009.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Haunting



1963 British/American Feature

Cast: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell, Valentine Dyall, Diane Clare and Ronald Adam
Director: Robert Wise
Writer: Nelson Gidding, based on the novel by The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Synopsis:
Three disparate people are recruited by a paranormal investigator to help uncover the secrets of Hill House, a mansion overwhelmed by the spirits of its former residents. As the guests delve deeper into the home's past, they are seduced further into its sinister web.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 78%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Director.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Considered one of the best literary ghost stories, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House was first published in 1959. 
  • The Haunting is notable for its lesbian character, Theodora (played by Claire Bloom). Although the character's lesbianism is subtly mentioned in the novel, the film makes it explicit, and it is one of the few motion pictures of its time to depict a lesbian as feminine and not predatory. However, film censors demanded that Theo never be shown to touch Eleanor (Julie Harris) in order to keep the lesbianism less obvious. Bloom has said she was intrigued to play the role of a woman who was attracted to another woman.
  • Casting Call: Susan Hayward.
  • Jan de Bont's 1999 remake of The Haunting starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor. It was universally panned.

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House of Usher



2008 American Feature
Alternate Title: Edgar Allan Poe's House of Usher

Cast: Michael Cardelle, Frank Mentier, Jaimyse Haft, Jack Carlisle, Bart Voitila, Jill Jacobson and Ian Shaw
Director: David DeCoteau
Writer: Simon Savory, based on the short story The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Synopsis:

While visiting his reclusive, ailing ex-lover Roderick Usher, Victor Reynolds slowly learns of the dreadful secrets lurking in the notorious House of Usher. As he uncovers more about the mysterious history of the house, Victor begins to realize that he is in mortal danger.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher was first published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine. It has been adapted for film several times.

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  • The second of David DeCoteau's trilogy of homoerotic Poe adaptations, following The Raven and prior to The Pit and the Pendulum.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Sleepaway Camp



1983 American Feature
Alternate Title: Nightmare Vacation

Cast: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tierston, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet, Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Paul DeAngelo, Tom Van Dell, Loris Sallahian, John Dunn and Desiree Gould
Writer/Director: Robert Hiltzik

Synopsis:
When introverted Angela is sent to Camp Arawak for the summer, she is mercilessly bullied.... and her tormentors start showing up brutally murdered.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 5.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 73% / Audience: 59%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Book: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Jane Krakowski.
  • Considered by some to have one of the most shocking horror movie twist endings ever.
  • Followed by four sequels: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008) and Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012), with a fifth — titled Sleepaway Camp Reunion — in the works.

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The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror



2007 American Feature

Cast: Mari Marks, Michael Soldier, Georgia Jean, Robert Borzych, Hilary Schwartz, Vinny Markus, Shannon Lee, Denise Heller and Derek Long
Writer/Director: Jaymes Thompson

Synopsis:
Forgetting to make advance hotel reservations for the party event of the year is a deadly mistake for five gay couples, who are forced to stay at the Sahara Salvation Inn, run by a God-fearing, Mincemeat muffin-making mother and daughter duo.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 17% / Audience: 40%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Non-pornographic film debut of gay porn star Michael Soldier.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Interview with the Vampire



1994 American Feature
Alternate Title: Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Cast: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater, Thandie Newton, Domiziana Giordano and Kirsten Dunst
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Anne Rice, based on her novel

Synopsis:
200-year old vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac relates his life story to a reporter, beginning with his transformation by the vampire Lestat. Together, the two create their own ersatz family, complete with their own blood-sucking "daughter".

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 62% / Audience: 83%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 59% / Audience: 8.0%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction and Original Score.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Dunst) and Original Score.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography and Production Design; also nominated for Best Costume Design and Makeup/Hair.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Horror Film, Younger Actor (Dunst), Costumes and Makeup.
  • Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (Cruise and Pitt).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice's debut novel and the first of her 10-part "Vampire Chronicles" series, was first published in 1976.
  • At one point, author-turned-screenwriter Anne Rice rewrote the part of Louis, changing him into a female, in order to specifically heterosexualyze his relationship with Lestat. At the time, Rice felt it was the only way to get the film made. Cher and Angelica Huston were considered for the part. While the final screenplay didn't go that far, several of the novel's overt references to the story's gay subtext were eliminated. 
  • Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice's third novel in her "Vampire Chronicles" series, was adapted for film in 2002, with Stuart Townsend playing Lestat. 
  • Lestat, a stage musical inspired by Anne Rice's books, premiered on Broadway in 2006. With music by Elton John, the show was a flop, closing after only a month of performances.

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Strait-Jacket



1964 American Feature

Cast: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John, John Anthony Hayes, Rochelle Hudson, George Kennedy, Edith Atwater and Lee Majors
Director: William Castle
Writer: Robert Bloch

Synopsis:
Twenty years after killing her husband and his mistress with an axe, Lucy Harbin is released from a mental institution and returns to her estranged daughter. Despite Lucy's attempts to prove herself, suspicions arise about her increasingly erratic behavior.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 80% / Audience: 68%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Casting Call: Joan Blondell and Anne Helm.
  • Film debut of actor Lee Majors, in the uncredited role of Joan Crawford's ill-fated husband. He got the role after his friend Rock Hudson asked producer/director William Castle to find a part for the then 23-year-old actor.
  • In the tradition of other productions from master B-movie showman William Castle, moviegoers were given little cardboard axes as they entered the theater during the film's original release.
  • A variant of the Columbia Pictures logo appears at the end of the film, showing a decapitated "Torch Lady", her severed head resting at her feet.
  • Listed among "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made" in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
  • Not to be confused with the 2004 comedy Straight-Jacket.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Silence of the Lambs



1991 American Feature

Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald, Brooke Smith, Diane Baker, Kasi Lemmons, Frankie Faison, Tracey Walter, Charles Napier, Dan Butler and Ron Vawter
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Ted Tally, based on the novel by Thomas Harris

Synopsis:
In order to catch a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims, FBI trainee Clarice Starling must seek the aid of the enigmatic and manipulative Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a respected psychiatrist turned cannibalistic murderer.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 8.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 94% / Audience: 93%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 84% / Audience: 8.8%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

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  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor (Hopkins), Actress (Foster) and Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Film Editing and Sound.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama (Foster); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actor - Drama (Hopkins) and Screenplay.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Actor (Hopkins) and Actress (Foster); also nominated for Best Film, Direction, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Original Film Score, Editing and Sound.
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards for Best Horror Film, Actor (Hopkins), Writing and Makeup.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear Award for Best Director.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Film, Director and Supporting Actor (Hopkins).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor (Hopkins) and Actress (Foster).
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Adapted Screenplay.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Thomas Harris' novel The Silence of the Lambs, first published in 1988, was the sequel to Harris' 1981 novel Red Dragon. He wrote two other novels featuring Hannibal Lecter, Hannibal (a sequel to Lambs) in 1999 and Hannibal Rising (a prequel to the entire series) in 2006.
  • Red Dragon was first adapted for film in 1986 as Manhunter, with Brian Cox as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Anthony Hopkins returned as Lecter (with Julianne Moore replacing Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling) in the 2001 film adaptation of Hannibal and in the 2002 remake of Red Dragon. The film version of Hannibal Rising was released in 2007, with Gaspard Ulliel as a young Lecter.
  • Casting Call: Halle Berry, Kenneth Branagh, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Louis Gossett, Jr., Melanie Griffith, Gene Hackman (who also wanted to direct the film), Ed Harris, Dustin Hoffman, John Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Lloyd, Andie MacDowell, Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mickey Rourke, Meg Ryan and Patrick Stewart.
  • In addition to the film's own director, cameos include filmmakers Roger Corman and George Romero, as well as singer Chris Isaak.
  • The position of the hanging body of Lecter's disemboweled victim was specifically based on the work of painter Francis Bacon.
  • The pattern on the moth's back in the poster art for The Silence of the Lambs was inspired by photographer Philippe Halsman's In Voluptate Mors. This same imagery was also used in the poster for The Descent.
  • Upon its release, The Silence of the Lambs was criticized by members of the GLBT community for its portrayal of the serial killer Buffalo Bill as either gay, bisexual and/or a transsexual. In response to the criticism, director Jonathan Demme replied that Buffalo Bill "wasn't a gay character. He was a tormented man who hated himself and wished he was a woman because that would have made him as far away from himself as he possibly could be." Demme added that he "came to realize that there is a tremendous absence of positive gay characters in movies", which lead him to his next major film, Philadelphia.
  • The first horror film to win the Best Picture Oscar, the first film available on home video at the time of the Academy Awards ceremony to win Best Picture, and only the third film in Academy Award history to win Oscars in all "top five" categories, Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay.
  • Despite Anthony Hopkins' wins for leading actor and Hannibal Lecter's rise to iconic status, his total screen time in The Silence of the Lambs is only 16 minutes out of a total running time of 118 minutes. Hopkins has described his voice for Lecter as "a combination of Truman Capote and Katharine Hepburn".
  • In 1998, The Silence of the Lambs was ranked #65 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2001, The Silence of the Lambs was ranked #5 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Thrills" list.
  • In 2003, Clarice Starling was ranked the #6 hero and Hannibal Lecter was ranked the #1 villain on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains" list.
  • In 2005, "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti" was ranked #21 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • A stage musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs, titled Silence! The Musical, had its world premiere in 2005 as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, and went on to open Off-Broadway in 2011. With songs by Jon and Al Kaplan and book by Hunter Bell, the musical spoof won several awards and featured such unlikely show tunes as "If I Could Smell Her Cunt", "I'd Fuck Me" and "Put the Fucking Lotion in the Basket".
  • In 2007, The Silence of the Lambs was ranked #74 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.
  • In 2011, The Silence of the Lambs was inducted into the National Film Registry.
  • The television series Hannibal premiered on NBC in 2013. Developed by Bryan Fuller and starring Mads Mikkelsen as the title character, the series is based on characters and elements from the Red Dragon novel.

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Creatures from the Pink Lagoon



2006 American Feature

Cast: Nick Garrison, Lowell Deo, Evan Mosher, Philip D. Clarke, Vincent Kovar, John Kaufmann and Bill Morrison
Director: Chris Diani
Writers: Chris Diani and Basil Harris

Synopsis:
In 1967, a chemical plant near a discreet roadside restroom causes an outbreak of gay man-eating, man-loving zombies, who quickly crash the birthday party being held at a nearby beach house by a group of gay best friends.

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  • DVD: Available



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Notes/Trivia:
  • Film debut of director/co-writer Chris Diani.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Bride of Frankenstein



1935 American Feature

Cast: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Elsa Lanchester, Gavin Gordon, Una O'Connor and O.P. Heggie
Director: James Whale
Writers: William Hurlbut and John Balderston, suggested by the novel Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Synopsis:
Having escaped death, Dr. Henry Frankenstein abandons his plans to create life, only to be coerced by the mad Dr. Pretorius to create together a mate for his monster.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 83%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available



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Awards:
  • Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Recording.

Notes/Trivia:
  • The first sequel to 1931's Frankenstein, which was also directed by James Whale. It immediately follows the events of the earlier film, and the story is rooted in a subplot from the original 1818 Mary Shelley novel, Frankenstein.
  • Following the success of the original Frankenstein, Boris Karloff became so popular that he was listed merely as "Karloff" in this film's credits and advertising.
  • Casting Call: Louise Brooks, Phyllis Brooks, Brigitte Helm, Bela Lugosi, David Niven and Claude Rains.
  • Although Elsa Lanchester played two roles in Bride of FrankensteinFrankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and the title character — she is only listed in the film's credits for the former. The latter, referred to as  "The Monster's Bride", is credited as played by "?". Despite being on screen for less than five minutes and never seen again in any of the many other Universal Frankenstein sequels to follow, the Bride became an iconic character, largely due to her unique, fright-wigged appearance.
  • Frequently identified as James Whale's masterpiece, the film has been lauded as "the finest of all gothic horror movies" and "one of those rare sequels that is infinitely superior to its source".
  • In the decades since its release, modern film scholars have noted the possible gay reading of Bride of Frankenstein, particularly embodied in the campy character of Dr. Pretorius and his relationship with Dr. Frankenstein.
  • In 1998, Bride of Frankenstein was inducted into the National Film Registry.

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Vampire Boys 2: The New Brood



2013 American Feature

Cast: Jon Euler, Rob Hoflund, Zasu, Ronnie Kerr, Will Branske, Quinn Jaxon, Gerard Majella Lawrence and Emily Lawrence
Director: Steven Vasquez
Writers: Jeremiah Campbell, Chauncy Dennis and Cheetah Gonzalez

Synopsis:
Jasin and Caleb's eternal bliss is put to the test when Jasin's century old rival Demetrius returns to get his revenge by creating an army of vampires.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 3.2/10
  • OMG rating: 2/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: C+

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  • DVD: Available


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  • Actress Zasu, who plays Tara, was the only cast member from the first Vampire Boys to return for the sequel.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Boat Trip



2002 American/German Feature

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Horatio Sanz, Roselyn Sanchez, Vivica A. Fox, Maurice Godin, Roger Moore, Lin Shaye, Victoria Silvstedt, Richard Roundtree and Will Ferrell
Director: Mort Nathan
Writers: Mort Nathan and William Bigelow

Synopsis:
With their love lives in shambles, two straight guys head for the high seas for a singles cruise, but a vengeful travel agent books them on a gay cruise instead.

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  • Overwhelmingly panned by critics and largely viewed as homophobic, Boat Trip sat on the shelf for two years after it was made before it was finally released.

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Even Cowgirls Get the Blues



1993 American Feature

Cast: Uma Thurman, Lorraine Bracco, Angie Dickinson, Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita, Keanu Reeves, John Hurt, Rain Phoenix, Roseanne Arnold, Ed Begley Jr., Crispin Glover, Buck Henry, Carol Kane and Sean Young
Writer/Director: Gus Van Sant, based on the novel by Tom Robbins

Synopsis:
The story of Sissy Hankshaw, who was born with unusually large thumbs and makes the most it by becoming a hitchhiker. Her travels lead her from New York City to a lesbian dude ranch.

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  • Tom Robbins' novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was first published in 1976. Robbins serves as the film's narrator. A stage adaptation of the novel was first produced in 2008.
  • Casting Call: Jodie Foster, Madonna, Gary Oldman, Elizabeth Taylor and Lily Tomlin.
  • k.d. lang composed (with Ben Mink) and performed the music for the film's soundtrack.
  • The film was dedicated to the late River Phoenix, who starred in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho and who's uncredited cameo in this film was his last completed screen appearance.
  • Other cameos in the film include Udo Kier, Edward James Olmos and William S. Burroughs as himself.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Billy's Dad is a Fudge-Packer



2004 American Short Film

Cast: Robert Gant, Cady Huffman, Alex Borstein, Gina Rodgers, Spencer Daniels and D.C. Douglas
Writer/Director: Jamie Donahue

Synopsis:
Meet Billy, a young boy trying to decide what he will do with his life. He turns to to his perfect American family, led by his father (who works for the local candy factory), for inspiration.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 79%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

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Notes/Trivia:
  • A parody of 1950s social guidance/educational films.

OMG Movie #398

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The Mudge Boy



2003 American Feature

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Thomas Guiry, Richard Jenkins, Pablo Schreiber, Zachary Knighton, Ryan Donowho, Meredith Handerhan and Beckie King
Writer/Director: Michael Burke

Synopsis:
When 14-year-old Duncan Mudge's mother dies unexpectedly, he takes a bizarre interest in her clothing and starts to speak in her voice. Alienated from his impassive father, Duncan develops an unlikely bond with a volatile bully.

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  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • L.A. Outfest Grand Jury Award for Outstanding American Narrative Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Remake of Michael Burke's 1998 short film Fishbelly White.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Set It Off



1996 American Feature

Cast: Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, John C. McGinley, Blair Underwood, Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Thom Byrd and Charlie Robinson
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Takashi Bufford and Kate Lanier

Synopsis:
Sick of being victims of circumstance, four black women from the Los Angeles projects go on a crime spree, unaware that a fixated police detective has them in his sights.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 63% / Audience: 85%

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female (Latifah).

Notes/Trivia:
  • Feature film debut of actress Kimberly Elise.

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The Wise Kids



2011 American Feature

Cast: Molly Kunz, Tyler Ross, Allison Torem, Sadieh Rifai, Matt Decaro, Stephen Cone, Ann Whitney, Cliff Chamberlain and Lee Armstrong
Writer/Director: Stephen Cone

Synopsis:
In a Baptist church community, three teenage friends contemplate the next stage of life: Brea, an introspective pastor's daughter; hyperactive Laura, a devout believer; and Tim, a gay teen navigating his faith as he prepares for college.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 65%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 9.0%
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

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  • DVD: Available



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Monday, October 21, 2013

Save Me



2007 American Feature

Cast: Chad Allen, Robert Gant, Judith Light, Stephen Lang, Robert Baker and Jeremy Glazer
Director: Robert Cary
Writers: Robert Desiderio (screenplay), Craig Chester and Alan Hines (story)

Synopsis:
When a gay man addicted to sex and drugs hits bottom, he is sent to Genesis House, a Christian haven for men like him to get on the right path... the straight path.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 66% / Audience: 66%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 56% / Audience: 7.8%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD: Available



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Awards:
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Leading cast members Chad Allen, Robert Gant and Judith Light all served as producers on the film as well.

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Make the Yuletide Gay



2009 American Feature

Cast: Keith Jordan, Adamo Ruggiero, Hallee Hirsh, Kelly Keaton, Derek Long, Alison Arngrim, Ian Buchanan and Gates McFadden
Writer/Director: Rob Williams

Synopsis:
An out-and-proud gay college student crawls back into the closet to survive the Christmas holidays with his family. But when his boyfriend shows up unannounced, he must put on a charade to keep the relationship a secret.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 6.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 65%
  • OMG rating: 3/10

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • FilmOut San Diego Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Supporting Actor (Long) and Supporting Actress (Keaton).
  • Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Jury Award for Best Men's Feature.
  • Seoul LGBT Film Festival Audience Award for Best Feature.

Notes/Trivia:
  • A sequel, titled Make the Yuletide Gay 2, is currently being produced.

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