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Blu-Ray Review: Rabid (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-Ray Review: Rabid (Collector's Edition)

Rabid
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg
Cast: Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, Lynne Deragon
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 91 Minutes
Release Date: November 22, 2016

Written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly), Rabid stars adult film star Marilyn Chambers (Behind the Green Door) as Rose, a young woman who develops an insatiable thirst for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery.

While driving through the Quebec countryside, Rose and her boyfriend, Hart (Frank Moore), get into a motorcycle accident. They’re brought to the nearby Keloid Clinic for Plastic Surgery for emergency treatment. Hart’s banged up with a broken hand and a separated shoulder, but Rose is severely injured and burned by the fiery crash. Dr. Keloid (Howard Ryshpan) decides to perform a new radical procedure on the burn victim, one which uses “morphogenetically neutral” grafts to replace the damaged skin and organs.

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Blu-ray Review: Dead Ringers (Collector’s Edition)
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Blu-ray Review: Dead Ringers (Collector's Edition)

Dead Ringers
Blu-ray (Collector’s Edition)
Director: David Cronenberg
Screenwriter: David Cronenberg, Norman Snider
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 115 Minutes
Release Date: November 15, 2016

Co-written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Fly), Dead Ringers stars Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) as Elliot and Beverly Mantle, identical twins and gynecologists who operate a medical practice in Toronto that specializes in the treatment of female fertility problems. Elliot, the more suave and self-assured of the two, seduces women who come to the Mantle Clinic. When he grows tired of them, Elliot passes the women on to the shy and passive Beverly, while the patients remain unaware of the switch.

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SDCC 2016: Scream Factory Reveals 13 New Blu-ray Releases
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Scream Factory Reveals 13 New Blu-ray Releases SDCC 2016

For many years Shout! Factory has been an important presence at the San Diego Comic-Con, using their panels and booths to promote current and upcoming releases on DVD and Blu-ray. When the company launched their horror/sci-fi imprint Scream Factory in 2012, their pilgrimage to the Con to announce future releases became one of the hottest events around for film geeks and home video consumers.

Scream has been responsible for some of the finest Blu-ray editions of the greatest genre features ever made, and last night they announced that soon they will add 13 titles to their ever-expanding library.

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David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps To The Stars’ Gets A NSFW Trailer
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David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars

Focus Features has released a red band trailer for Maps to the Stars, the latest feature from David Cronenberg, director of films like Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, eXistenZ, Crash, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, and Cosmopolis.

The movie stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, and more. It follows a family living their not-so-normal lives in the lovely land of Hollywood.

You can read a synopsis and check out the trailer for Maps to the Stars below. And of course, a NSFW warning is in effect. Because David Cronenberg does not give one single shit about your workplace video viewing safety. If you DO happen to be at work, I’ve also included the previously released green band trailer for your viewing pleasure.

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Blu-ray Review: Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
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Nightbreed

Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
Blu-ray
Director: Clive Barker
Screenwriter: Clive Barker
Cast: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid, Hugh Quarshie, Doug Bradley, Malcolm Smith, Oliver Parker
Scream Factory
Unrated | 140 Minutes
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Everything is true. God’s an Astronaut. Oz is Over the Rainbow, and Midian is where the monsters live.” – Peloquin

Based on his 1988 novella Cabal, Clive Barker‘s 1990 film Nightbreed, produced by Morgan Creek and distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, was an epic saga about a tribe of monsters and outcasts that hides from humanity. Barker’s original version of Nightbreed ran 160 minutes, but unsure of how to sell the unconventional fantasy-horror film, Fox demanded a recut, prompting editor Richard Marden to leave the project in protest.

The theatrical cut of Nightbreed was released on February 16, 1990. Barker’s film was to be the Star Wars of the horror genre, but after nearly an hour of footage was cut from the movie, the studio repackaged it as a gory 102-minute slasher flick. The film was a critical and commercial failure – an incomplete, aimless curiosity that only the most die-hard Barker fans could find value in.

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Blu-Ray Review: Scanners II: The New Order / Scanners III: The Takeover (Collector’s Edition)
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Scanners II/ Scanners III Combo

Scanners II: The New Order
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Director: Christian Duguay
Screenwriter: B.J. Nelson
Cast: David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin, Yvan Ponton, Isabelle Mejias, Raoul Trujillo, Tom Butler, Dorothée Berryman
Scream Factory
Rated R | 104 Minutes
Release Date: September 10, 2013

Directed by Christian Duguay (Screamers), Scanners II: The New Order is a direct-to-video sequel to David Cronenberg’s 1981 film, Scanners.

Written by B.J. Nelson (Lone Wolf McQuade), the story involves a crooked politician (Yvan Ponton) who schemes to gain control of a major city by manipulating Scanners (persons born with telepathic and telekinetic abilities) to do his bidding.

David Hewlett stars as David Kellum, a young veterinarian intern who discovers he is a Scanner, meaning he can read and control the minds of others and, if need be, make their heads explode. I’ll be honest, I’m not really sure why this movie exists – or what it’s even about – it just seems like the filmmakers focused on the amazing practical effects on display in Cronenberg’s film and decided to ratchet up the pulsating craniums and head explosions.

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Blu-ray Review: Cosmopolis
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CosmopolisCosmopolis
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by David Cronenberg
Screenplay by David Cronenberg
Based on the novel by Don DeLillo
Starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, and Juliette Binoche
Entertainment One
Release Date: January 1, 2013

With his sizable personal fortune – not to mention the future of his company – hanging in the balance after making a high risk bet on the Chinese yuan, 27-year-old billionaire asset manager Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) just wants to get a haircut, and for some reason it requires a lengthy car trip across New York. Ensconced within the technologically-advanced interior of his stretch limousine, Eric’s journey is perennially delayed by traffic jams caused by the President’s visit to the city and riots being instigated by anti-capitalist revolutionaries waving dead rats and chanting “a specter is haunting the world – the specter of capitalism.”

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31 Days of Horror: The Fly / The Blob
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Hello Geeks and Ghouls, Famous Monster here. Well, it’s finally October and you know what that means? Breast Cancer Awareness 5Ks? Good guess. Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Delicious, but no. Halloween? YES. Horror movies? DOUBLE YES!

Welcome to 31 Days of Horror, where I’ll cover at least two noteworthy horror films a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 62+ scary movies perfect for a cold, dark October night. Be sure to visit Geeks of Doom every day this month for a double-shot of chills and thrills!

Today’s double-shot of creepy-crawly horror features David Cronenberg‘s 1986 film, The Fly, and Chuck Russell‘s 1988 The Blob – both of which are remakes of 1958 drive-in classics.

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Out With The New Flesh, In With The Lame: Why A ‘Videodrome’ Remake Is A Lousy Idea
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Videodrome

James Woods isn’t taking the Videodrome remake news very well.

David Cronenberg‘s Videodrome, a mind-melting fresco of trenchant social commentary and nightmarish body horror, is a unique beast among the science-fiction and horror features of the 1980’s. It was the lauded Canadian filmmaker’s first studio film and also his first bonafide masterpiece. It featured amazingly gooey and horrific visual effects created by a talented team spearheaded by the one and only Rick Baker, daring performances from James Woods and Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry, and astute and chilling direction from Cronenberg – who also authored the provocative screenplay. In fact, Videodrome is the singular creation of an visionary storyteller finally hiding his stride as a director after spending years making multi-layered genre films like Rabid, Shivers (a.k.a. They Came from Within), and The Brood for indie producers and studios in his homeland.

Given almost total creative control from Universal Pictures, Cronenberg made a film that took the fascinating ideas he had been developing in his previous features and fused it with a challenging critique of modern technology and new media. The result was a motion picture experience the likes of which had never been seen before and would never be seen again, not even in the director’s later works. No less an authority than the late celebrated artistic genius Andy Warhol hailed Videodrome as “A Clockwork Orange of the 1980s”. But Videodrome opened in theaters to repulsed audience reaction and the sharpened knives of the nation’s top film critics. The version that played in the United States wasn’t even Cronenberg’s preferred cut; Universal compelled the director to pare down his movie’s sexual and violent content in order for it to secure an R rating from the MPAA. His full director’s cut would not been seen until it was finally released on home video more than a decade later.

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‘Videodrome’ Remake To Be Helmed By Commercial Director Adam Berg
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Videodrome

Many classic films have been the subject of a reboot or a remake, and often times the reaction to the news of one is less than positive. Take the remake of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome for example. Not only is it an unnecessary remake, but it’s being scripted by Ehren Kruger, the screenplay writer for the last two Transformers movies. Just by knowing who is attached to write the script for the remake alone tells you that it will almost certainly be not anywhere near the same level as the Cronenberg original.

Adam Berg joins a long line of commercial directors making the leap into feature films by making his directorial debut with the Videodrome remake. Deadline reports that it was one of Berg’s commercials that inspired Universal to make him their top choice.

Judge for yourself and see if he is worthy of directing the remake by watching the commercial below.

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