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Welcome to the Critical Condition web site. For those of you unfamiliar with Critical Condition, let me give a little background. Critical Condition (CritCon for short) was started as a small  bi-monthly newsletter in 1982 to alert my friends about the new horror films that were released to theaters. The early 80's were a boon to the horror business as many home-grown and foreign-made horror films THE BLACK WATERS OF ECHO'S POND (2009)were being released to theaters every month. Some were good (Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND; Gary Sherman's DEAD & BURIED) but most were bad (Jim Henley's JUNIOR; Bruno Mattei's NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES and countless others). Being the horror maven that I am (and will always be), I started CritCon to separate the cream from the crap. The first CritCon newsletter was merely one typewritten xeroxed page that I passed out to my friends. By 1985 CritCon had mushroomed into a 20 page semi-pro magazine that had a circulation of about 1,000. The year 1985 was a turning point in the horror film business. It was the year that home video became wildly popular and forever changed the way we viewed movies. Cheap horror films were no longer being screened in theaters. Video distributors got wise and started releasing every cheap horror film they could get their hands on. I must have viewed over a thousand horror movies on video in 1985 alone! By 1987, I had burned-out writing about all the horror films that I had watched and ceased publishing CritCon with one final 100 page issue. By this time  there were plenty of other semi-pro magazines on the market that were covering the same market that I was. I took a much-needed rest from the writing game and began to read all these other magazines. For the next five years I kept a low profile but I was also becoming somewhat disillusioned. While some of these magazines flourished and were quite well done (Tim & Donna Lucas' VIDEO WATCHDOG, Mike Accomando's DREADFUL PLEASURES [now defunct]; Mike Weldon's PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO [also now no longer publishing]), most were merely rants disguising themselves as film reviews. You would be lucky to get the name of the actor who starred in the films they were reviewing. Forget about getting the directing, producing or screenwriting credits because they were non-existant. They seemed more interested in raving about their political views or complaining about some insignificant pimple on their ass. By 1992, I'd had enough and decided to begin publishing Critical Condition on a semi-regular basis. I kept my own politics to a minimum (usually confined to the editorial page) and concentrated on the films and filmmakers themselves. Each issue of CritCon was jam-packed with reviews of films that you probably never heard of along with full cast and crew credits as well as original rare ad mats. CritCon accepted no advertising making it a complete read from the first page to the last. NOTE: After a long and hard look at the publishing business (or the "rip-off business" as I call it), I will no longer be publishing Critical Condition. It will now be completely web-based. I hope you enjoy this web site. If you do (or if you don't), drop me an e-mail and let me know what you think. Check back often to read the new reviews, news, scans and informative emails. NOTE #2: Now with the advent of "Publishing On Demand" there has been a new proliferation of genre zines flooding the market, some excellent and some self-serving. But bringing print back to horror is always a good thing and I wish these people nothing but the best of luck. I buy a lot of these POD zines and enjoy the hell out of them (check out Tim Paxton's MONSTER!, Brian Harris, Paxton and Tony Strauss' WENG'S CHOP and Billy & Vanessa Nocera's EVILSPEAK to read some of the best new zines on the market [look them up by name on Facebook for ordering information]), but don't look for me to revive CRITICAL CONDITION in print form. I'm a lazy bastard.

Fred Adelman
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*February 10, 2016. According to Variety: PHANTASM, the classic 1979 horror movie by U.S. cult director Don Coscarelli, has been freshly restored largely thanks to J.J. Abrams, a longtime fan. Pic is being sold as PHANTASM: REMASTERED at Berlin’s EFM mart. Abrams reportedly gave Gwendoline Christie’s character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS the name of Captain Phasma as a tribute to the pic. PHANTASM stars recently deceased character actor Angus Scrimm, who plays the Tall Man, who kills victims with flying spheres. “When J.J. Abrams came to me with the unexpected and insanely generous offer of using the services of his Bad Robot Productions company to assist with a meticulous 4K restoration of PHANTASM, scanned from the original 35mm camera negative, it was literally a dream come true,” enthused Coscarelli in a statement. “J.J. has been a fan of the film from way back and wanted to see PHANTASM presented to modern audiences in as perfect a condition as technologically possible.” Coscarelli, whose more recent titles include BUBBA HO-TEP and JOHN DIES AT THE END is licensing rights at EFM to the entire five-film PHANTASM series, including the recently completed PHANTASM: RAVAGER, through his Starway International shingle. (This has to be the best news I have heard so far this year. Everyone knows that this is my absolute favorite film of all time and I can't wait to purchase it on disc. I was wondering when it would be remastered, but leave it to J.J. Abrams, a person I highly admire, to make my dream come true. - Editor)

*February 5, 2016: The U.N. is about as useful as tits on a rock. They condemn England and Sweden for "arbitrarily detaining" Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLinks, and go on to say that his deprivation had been "continuous" since he was initially arrested in the UK on December 7, 2010, before he took political refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy, where he still remains today. The idiotic U.N. goes beyond ridiculous when they also said that Assange should be a free man and should be monetarily compensated for his self-imposed exile. Anyone who has been hacked will find this decision not only stupid, but setting a bad precedent. I wonder how many of our soldiers have been killed or seriously injured because of the sensitive information Assange released on his web site (and continues to do)? This is another reason why the U.N. should be disbanded, or at least get their asses kicked out of New York City. Put them in some country where human rights are ignored and watch how fast their tune changes. England (who I admire) has said that if Assange leaves the Embassy, he will be arrested, ignoring the U.N.'s recommendation, while Assange goes on social media and says he has won a major victory. Assange has also been accused of rape in Sweden, but Assange lies through his teeth when he says that it is only a ploy for Sweden to deport him to the U.S. for war crimes. Make believe what he says is true: He still is a war criminal, offering comfort and information to the enemy. I would put him in prison for the rest of his life as a war criminal and if any of his leaked papers can be connected to a soldier's death, he should be charged with treason and given the death penalty. I spit on the U.N. and what they stand for (except for the U.N. peacekeepers, who put their lives on the line every day).

*According to The Hollywood Reporter: New York's Ziegfeld Theatre screened its final movie Thursday night, January 28, 2016. The iconic Midtown movie theater bowed out with a 10 p.m. showing of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. On the Ziegfeld website, last-minute tickets were available leading up to the 3D showing, but any requests for future dates prompted a message, saying, "Online ticket purchase is no longer available." New Yorkers took to Twitter on Thursday to document the long lines and "packed house" as they prepared to see the J.J. Abrams film and say goodbye to the Manhattan staple, which will be transformed into a high-end event space. The Ziegfeld, which opened in 1969, is the largest cinema in the city, with some 1,131 seats, and is the favorite venue for glitzy Hollywood studio premieres. The studios have been preparing for the theaters’ closure for months, even if they aren’t happy about it. (More and more premieres are being held in Manhattan with the return of NBC's The Tonight Show back to New York.) Studios have begun holding premieres at the ACM multiplex in Lincoln Square, as well as at the ACM Empire in Midtown. The theater at MOMA is another alternative. It’s possible the studios will be able to stage premieres at the Ziegfeld once it reopens in 2017 as an events space called the Ziegfeld Ballroom. (I spent many a night at The Ziegfeld during the 70's & 80's. It's a shame one of NYC's iconic film landmarks is closing. Many good memories there. Many. - Editor)

*I actually abhor award shows because I find them just self-congratulatory slaps on the back, but I have to say for a major awards show that says they are trying to diversify (I hate that word. People are people.), it looks awful white in all the categories. Not one person of color in any of the major acting or directing categories, yet there were so many that were more than capable of winning one. Shame on you Academy Awards®. Shame on you! Let me put it this way: I not only love the genre films that you see on this site, I love all films, no matter what the category. A well-made film is a well-made film, even if it is a "chick flick". There were some terrific performances by black actors and actresses that deserved recognition this year, yet the Academy overlooked them. But remember: The Academy is made up only of people in the filmmaking business. It's not The People's Choice Awards®. We, as an audience, have no say in the choices. The Academy needs to look inward and make more people of color members. You would be surprised how many people in the business who are not given a chance to vote because they have not been invited to be a part of the Academy. Both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are rallying for a boycott but, really, is that necessary? Do we have to boycott everything? It's not like the Academy hasn't recognized people of color before. They have, but they could do better. Here's an idea: Have Tyler Perry stop playing Medea. He a good enough actor without having to resort to female impersonation. And Spike Lee is just pissed that his latest film wasn't nominated for Best Film or Director. He cries out racism, but has had no problem taking our money on Kickstarter to fund his films. And Jada Pinkett Smith is just mad that her husband was not nominated this year (I saw the film and agree with the Academy. And why doesn't Will Smith speak for himself?). He makes one halfway decent film for the first time in years and thinks he should win an award for it? It's very easy to see that both of these people have agendas, but I still say shame on the Academy. One good thing came out of all this: Blowhard Michael Moore has joined the boycott. At least no one will have to look at him at the ceremonies. And he's also pissed that his latest documentary was not nominated. Nearly everyone calling for a boycott has some type of agenda. I guess they don't realize that they are biting the hands that feed them. And they will pay for it. UPDATE: January 20, 2016: Spike Lee, probably realizing the damage that could be done to his career, now says he never used the word "boycott". He and his wife are still not going to the ceremony, but he says everyone is free to do as they please (I just saw his documentary on the making of Michael Jackson's "Off The Wall" album and it was excellent. Maybe Spike Lee should stick to documentaries. That's where he seems to excel.). Way to backtrack, Spike! And Will Smith did finally speak, but the words that came out of his mouth amounted to nothing. All he said was what any dutiful husband would say. I predict a divorce announcement within six months. There's the NAACP Image Awards®, in which only people of color are nominated. Can you imagine if there were a Caucasion Image Awards? Black people would be up in arms. It's the pot calling the kettle black. That's not to say I am not ashamed of the Academy, but this whole "diversity" thing has spun out of control. People will find anything to vent their outrage on. And 90% of the people who vent that rage don't even care about it. It's just a bandwagon to jump on so they can get other things off their chests (while peeing in empty Mountain Dew bottles in their parents basement). That is what the internet has done to people. I remember when trolls were these ugly dolls with unkempt hair. Now trolls are angry ugly humans with unkempt hair. Shit like this is why I quit Facebook (again). I actually heard two black women in a grocery store checkout line say that the government was to blame for putting Black History Month in February, the shortest month of the year! Everyone, please! Do your homework before you begin spewing hate!

*January 6, 2016: NCIS favorite Michael Weatherly is exiting the CBS drama after 13 seasons, many internet sites confirm. The actor will make his final appearance as Special Agent Tony DiNozzo at the end of this season. “After 13 years on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is leaving the show at the end of this season,” reads a statement from CBS. “He is a valued part of the CBS family, and the immense charm and talent he brings to the screen as ‘Very’ Special Agent Tony DiNozzo has helped make NCIS what it is today – the No. 1 drama in the world. “We thank Michael for all of his contributions to this successful franchise,” the statement continues, “and look forward to continuing to develop projects with him as part of our ongoing development deal.” Weatherly immediately responded, sharing on Twitter, “DiNozzo is a wonderful, quixotic character and I couldn’t have had more fun playing him over the past 13 seasons.... (CBS Corp. CEO) Les Moonves and CBS gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I will miss the amazing crew and cast, who are like family to me, and to the fans all over the world — THANK YOU, it’s been a fantastic ride!” David McCallum, who plays Ducky, let slip about Weatherly’s exit in a Q&A with the UK’s Vulture Hound magazine, saying, “DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly... is leaving at the end of the season. So the writers have to decide what to do when one of the four members of the original cast leaves.” McCallum and Weatherly, along with frontman Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette, represent the well-watched drama’s remaining original players. (Well, as far as I'm concerned, NCIS is over. Not taking anything away from the excellent Mark Harmon and the rest of the cast, Michael Weatherly was the comic and romantic backbone of the show. I hope they kill him off, because this series has not been shy about killing off major and supporting characters [Think about all of them, especially Caitlin Todd getting shot in the forehead by sniper Ari. There has also been the deaths of NCIS Director Jenny Shepard, Mike Franks, who called Leroy Jethro Gibbs "Probie", Leon Vance's wife, Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget and a few others. Let's not forget about the real-life death of Ralph Waite, who played Gibbs' father on the series, which turned out to be one of the series' most emotional episodes. After 13 seasons, there has been plenty of deaths of characters we've become to know and love, much more than any other series, but the series still thrived. Ziva David leaving the show {after killing her own brother to save Gibbs' life} was bad enough, but take Weatherly out of the picture and the show becomes much, much different. Maybe too different to survive.]. After 13 years, people have grown use to his sexual hijinks, obscure movie references and sometimes saving the day, so there can be no one who can take his place. I predict the U.S. #1 scripted drama will drop heavily in the ratings next season. The show is not NCIS without DiNozzo, who was with the show since the beginning. Michael Weatherly should have no problem getting film or TV work. We can probably scratch out money for being the reason he is leaving. I am sure after 13 years, he made a pretty good salary. I think he wants to spread his wings and try something different. He must have had to turn down many roles due to his committment to the TV series. Either way, good luck Michael Weatherly. Maybe it is time for NCIS to bow out gracefully. There are still two other NCIS shows on the air that could play back-to-back in the same time slots. I miss the headslaps and appearances by Robert Wagner already. - Editor)

*Although I found MR. ROBOT to be quite different than most TV series this year, it was too disjointed and confusing to name it as the Best TV Series of 2015, like a lot of critics are doing. I'm quite proficient at computers and hacking, but there's enough "computer speak" on this show to make the average person say "What?" and move on to something else. Although the series tried to keep it as real as possible (the first TV show to do so; CSI: CYBER is a joke when compared to this), if they want the series to last more than two seasons, quit making the show so difficult to understand and stop filling it with obscure little Easter Eggs that only hackers would understand (like titling each episode with an end computer file extension). While I am glad that Christian Slater finally has a TV series that has lasted more than one season (or less), make it more accessible to regular viewers and cut down on the computer speak (Although I loved BD Wong's [a.k.a. "Whiterose"] final scene in the last episode of the first season, which a lot of viewers missed since it came after the end credits. It sets up what I hope is an interesting and more accessible second season.). Rami Malek does deserve an Emmy Award® for Best Actor in a Drama. He was simply amazing (those fucking big eyes!), even though we all knew the real relationship between him and Slater (with a little trickiness thrown in for good measure). Speaking of Christian Slater ("Exciting time in the world right now...exciting time."): How about an Emmy® for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series? (NOTE: On January 10, 2016, Christian Slater won a Golden Globe® for Best Supporting Actor, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and the show itself won the award for Best Television Series – Drama. Perhaps a glimpse of things to come? Either way, it's a great honor and I couldn't be happier for Slater. He was way overdue to win an acting award.)

*Director Rob Zombie has announced that his upcoming horror film 31 has been given the dreaded NC-17 rating not once but twice by the MPAA! Zombie, who took to Facebook with the news, is attempting to edit it a third time to go for an R-rating, although he’s none too pleased about it. “Well, after two tries through the MPAA our rating on 31 remains NC-17,” Zombie explained. “Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating. Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adult... things [must] be censored for your enjoyment.” The MPAA rated 31 NC-17 for “sadistic graphic violence, bizarre sexuality/nudity, pervasive disturbing images and some strong language.” Yup, sounds like a Rob Zombie film! In 31, which will have its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival In January 2016, “Five friends are kidnapped on the day before Halloween and are held hostage in a terrifying place named Murder World. While trapped, they must play a violent game called 31, in which the mission is to survive 12 hours against a gang of evil clowns.” The Halloween-themed slasher stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, and even Meg Foster. (Yet, if this film were to have been submitted by a huge major film company, it would have had no trouble receiving an R-Rating on its first try. The MPAA shows its double standard once again. And won't it be great to see Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs on the big screen again? The film also stars Tracey Walter, Lew Temple [his third Zombie film], Daniel Roebuck, Judy Geeson, Ginger Lynn and Elizabeth Daily. As usual, Rob Zombie packs his films with stars we haven't seen for a while. I will see this in a theater [if it goes that route and not the limited theater/VOD round] and hopefully the Blu-Ray & DVD will be the full uncensored version. The MPAA has nothing to do with disc releases. Zombie has stated publicly that this is his most brutal film ever, so I must see it uncensored! - Editor)

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FORREST J. ACKERMAN  1916 - 2008, R.I.P.

PAUL NASCHY (Jacinto Molina Alvarez)  1934 - 2009, R.I.P.

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R.I.P. WES CRAVEN  08/02/1939 - 08/30/2015
R.I.P. MARTIN MILNER  12/28/1931 - 09/06/2015
R.I.P. JACK LARSON  02/08/1928 - 09/20/2015
R.I.P. JOHN GUILLERMIN  11/25/1925 - 09/28/2015
R.I.P. AL MOLINARO  06/29/1919 - 10/29/2015
R.I.P. FRED DALTON THOMPSON  08/19/1942 - 11/01/2015
R.I.P. GUNNAR HANSEN  03/04/1947 - 11/07/2015
R.I.P DAVID CANARY  08/25/1938 - 11/16/2015
R.I.P. GERMAN ROBLES  03/20/1929 - 11/21/2015
R.I.P. ROBERT LOGGIA  01/03/1930 - 12/04/2015
R.I.P. KEN POGUE  07/26/1934 - 12/15/2015
R.I.P. LEMMY  12/24/1945 - 12/28/2015
R.I.P. WAYNE ROGERS  04/07/1933 - 12/31/2015
R.I.P. VILMOS ZSIGMOND  06/16/1930 - 01/01/2016
R.I.P. ANGUS SCRIMM  08/19/1926 - 01/09/2016
R.I.P. DAVID BOWIE  01/08/1947 - 01/11/2016
R.I.P. ALAN RICKMAN  02/21/1946 - 01/14/2016
R.I.P. DAN HAGGERTY  11/19/1941 - 01/15/2016
R.I.P. ABE VIGODA  02/24/1921 - 01/26/2016
R.I.P. FRANK FINLAY  08/06/1926 - 01/30/2016

AUGUST 03, 2015: I received a package from Amazon of Full Moon's DVD of TRAUMA (1978; stop judging me!) and it had a bright blue sticker on the cellophane wrapper that said "Physical Goods Still Rule.". That thought made me extremely happy because I will always pick physical media over streaming versions (The best reason being that the compression rates of streamed files are so low, they look like crap most the time, especially on a good HDTV set. The second reason is that hard drives fail a lot more than discs do.) But imagine my surprise when I opened a second Full Moon DVD (this one being of the new Spanish horror film WAX) and the first thing that comes on screen is Charles Band declaring that DVDs and Blu-Rays are dead, which is why we should all join his Full Moon Streaming site. He even contradicts himself by saying if we invest $18.00 for the first three months of his streaming site, he will send us three DVDs or Blu-Rays as a way of saying thanks! He decries all the losses of the brick and mortar stores as a reason why physical goods don't sell well any more (which is a bunch of bullshit, since internet stores like Amazon, Screen Media Archives, Oldies.com, Diabolik DVD, Vinegar Syndrome, Code Red and dozens of others sell physical discs at prices much better than you can find in any brick-and-mortar store). I'm all for Charles Band pitching his new streaming site (where it will be the only place you can view Full Moon films, including premieres before they make it to DVD or Blu-Ray and Blue Underground & Something Weird Video announcing themselves as exclusives to the Full Moon Streaming site, increasing Band's site worthiness immensely and $6.00 a month is a steal! [He says $6.00/month in the DVD commercial, but it says $6.99/month in the full page ads.]), but to say physical media is dead after slapping on a sticker on another Full Moon DVD is just more crazy Charles Band hucksterism. Don't get me wrong. I like Band and he is one of the very few independent filmmakers to survive through the good and the bad times from the 1970's till today, but you can't say one thing and do another without being called out on it. Dear Charles Band: Both streaming and physical media can survive side-by-side. There is no reason to decry the death of physical media (especially on a DVD!!!) when I bought it and I know I'm not the only one who loves physical media. I am also of the mindset that if I see something I watch streaming that I like, I ALWAYS buy the physical media version of it. Just like I refuse to read ebooks (I love the feel of paper between my fingers), I feel the same way about owning films. Just the idea that my entire library of films resides on a few terabytes of hard disk space makes my skin crawl.

Valerie Harper is facing a devastating diagnosis: terminal brain cancer. The television icon, Click For Larger Photobeloved for her role as brash New Yorker Rhoda Morgenstern on THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW and its spin-off, RHODA, received the news on Jan. 15, 2013 she revealed to PEOPLE. A battery of tests revealed she has leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain. Her doctors say she has as little as three months left to live. Resolved to face her last days with courage and humor, "I don't think of dying," says the actress, 73, who previously battled lung cancer in 2009. "I think of being here now." (I was never a big fan of Moore's or Harper's TV shows, but she was also an excellent actress, appearing in such films as FREEBIE AND THE BEAN - 1974; NIGHT TERROR - 1977; DON'T GO TO SLEEP - 1982; THE EXECUTION - 1985; THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE LAKE - 1988; MY FUTURE BOYFRIEND - 2011; SHIVER - 2012; as well as dozens of TV show appearances. It breaks my heart every time I hear news like this. UPDATE: It's now June of 2013 and I'm happy to say that Valerie Harper is still alive, defying doctors' predictions. UPDATE #2: August 29, 2013: Doctors have said that Valerie Harper's brain cancer is "close to remission", but say the prognosis could change at any time. To say I am happy for Ms. Harper is an understatement and apparently she is back at work on TV and is even appearing as a contestant on DANCING WITH THE STARS. While I am not a big fan of the series, here's to wishing that she wins the competition [she didn't]. She has handled herself with grace, gratitude and, above all, with a sense of humor. People could learn a thing or two from her behavior. UPDATE #3: February 25, 2014: Ms. Harper is still alive and kicking, proving once again to never believe your doctor. Your brain has ways of fighting off the most horrid of conditions. May she live a long and healthy life. UPDATE #4: December 12, 2015 and Ms. Harper is still with us. Maybe laughter is the best medicine. - Editor)

October 10, 2013: AFM: Why the Found-Footage Genre Is Here to Stay. EXISTS, a Big Foot-themed chiller from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT co-director Eduardo Sanchez, is among the projects making a splash at this year's market. The found-footage film has been declared dead more than once, but at AFM the low-budget horror genre is in rude health, with a stream of new projects continuing to find buzz and buyers worldwide. Case in point: EXISTS, the Big Foot-themed chiller from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT co-director Eduardo Sanchez – the grandfather of the found-footage movement – which International Film Trust sold to eOne in the U.K. and looks set to close worldwide by the end of the market. Sanchez may be a found-footage pioneer, but he, like most of the industry, largely abandoned the genre after BLAIR WITCH spawned a horde of copycat titles, none of which set box offices alight. (EXISTS went directly to VOD and refuses to reveal the financial status of the film). “The genre really didn't jell for Hollywood until maybe CLOVERFIELD, nine years later,” Sanchez tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But now you are seeing a new generation of found footage directors who are taking what [Blair Witch co-director] Daniel Myrick and I began and taking it to a whole new level.” Sanchez contributed an episode to found-footage omnibus feature V/H/S/2 (direct to limited theatrical/VOD; it made $21,833 in 12 theaters; the second sequel, V/H/S: VIRAL made even less money theatrically), which Memento Film International has had little problem selling worldwide. Other buzzy indie FF titles include [REC4] APOCALYPSE ("Limited theatrical/VOD" release; made $837 in 5 theaters), the concluding chapter in the hit Spanish franchise, which Filmax unveiled to buyers at this market, and AFFLICTED, the found-footage-with-vampires movie that premiered at Toronto's Midnight Madness section and immediately sold to CBS Films for the U.S. (It also went directly to the "limited theatrical/VOD" release, making an anemic $121,179 theatrically). “This is still the only genre where you can have a $4 million film and go and do $50 million at the box office,” says Marc Schipper, chief operating officer at Exclusive Media, which is shopping found-footage title PROJECT BLUE BOOK at AFM, explaining the inherent appeal of the genre (It looks like the film has been abandoned). The studios have certainly embraced it. Paramount continues to ride the Paranormal gravy train, with the latest, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (making $90,904,854 worldwide in theatrical release on a $5 million budget; which would make it the highest-grossing film in the titles listed here), a Latin-themed spinoff of the tentpole found-footage franchise ($718 million worldwide gross and counting) set to bow Jan. 3, 2014 and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 slotted for an Oct. 24, 2014 release (NOTE: It has been retitled PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION and has been moved to a October 23, 2015 release; not a good sign). Paramount is also pushing ahead with PROJECT ALMANAC, a found-footage meets time-travel title, for which rising talents Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia are in negotiations to star (It also bombed at the boxoffice during the weekend of January 31 to Febuary 2, 2015, making around 8.5 million dollars in 2,893 theaters in its first week, with an estimated budget of $12 million). Warner Bros. tornado disaster found-footage pic INTO THE STORM ($47,602,194 in boxoffice receipts, but still not reaching that "$50 Million" plateau, since it was one of the most expensive found footage films to make, with an estimated $50 million budget), from Steven Quale (FINAL DESTINATION 5), will rip through theaters Aug. 8, 2014 and DreamWorks, after winning a bidding war for the found footage sci-fi project GLIMMER, penned by Carter Blanchard, is looking to begin shooting this summer, with Shameless star Jeremy Allen White attached (as of January 2015, the film was still listed as being in "pre-production" and Jeremy Allen White's name is nowhere to be found). “I definitely think found footage is here to stay this time,” says Sanchez. “I think it will change into something different, maybe a mix of found footage with conventional filmmaking, but that's where the next big thing is going to come from.” (And this is the exact reason why the horror film genre is going down the crapper. "Found-footage" is starting to affect other genres of films, too. Anything for a quick buck, even if it means extreme nausea and migraines for the audience. What's next, a found footage movie filmed in 3D? How much punishment does an audience have to take? UPDATE: Well, apparently not too much more, since almost all the films listed above did poorly at the boxoffice or went directly to Video On Demand. It seems the days of these "found footage" films making $50 million are long gone and audiences are tired of watching them while popping Tylenol. - Editor)

According to Entertainment Weekly: Sherlock Holmes has appeared on stage and on screen numerous times played by dozens of actors, and now, thanks to a recent discovery, fans of the world’s greatest detective will be able to view a lost but key piece of his on-screen history. The French film archive Cinémathèque Française announced on Wednesday that a silent film version of Sherlock Holmes produced in 1916 was discovered in their collection a few weeks ago. Produced by Essanay Studios, the film, simply titled SHERLOCK HOLMES, stars William Gillette as the titular detective, a role for which he was known around the world. Gillette is also credited with some of Holmes’ trademark characteristics, including his deerstalker hat, magnifying glass, and pipe. A nitrate dupe negative of the film was stored away in the archive’s vault, but is now undergoing a restoration process thanks to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with Cinémathèque Française. The film, directed by Arthur Bethelet, is not only the last surviving appearance of Gillette as Holmes, but it is also his only portrayal ever committed to film. For those who want to witness a piece of Holmes and cinematic history, the film will make its European debut at the Cinémathèque Française’s festival of film restoration, Toute la Mémoire du Monde, in January 2015. The film will then premiere in America at the San Francisco Silent Film festival in May 2015. (This is a great piece of news. It tells us that maybe some other hidden treasures will be discovered. We have the technology today to restore them, so film archive vaults around the world should start doing an inventory check before the film itself totally disintegrates and even modern technology cannot save it - Editor)

According to Entertainment Weekly on January 17, 2015: Fox’s new agenda is looking a lot like their old one. Confirming some prior reports, the network’s leadership says they are seriously chasing a reboot of THE X-FILES and are possibly interested in bringing back PRISON BREAK too (along with yet another edition of 24 as well — but that’s another story). On THE X-FILES front, Fox chairman and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman say they have been in talks with series creator Chris Carter about reviving the supernatural procedural, which was a major hit for the network from 1993 to 2002. The executives also revealed they hope to have original series stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their roles on the show. One thing all three titles have in common is they’re properties of 20th Century Fox Television, which Walden and Newman ran prior to adding the Fox broadcast network to their plate last year.“It’s true that we’ve had some conversations on X-Files,” Newman said. “We’re hopeful of being able to bring that back at some point.” Walden added: “Gary and I both worked [at 20th Century Fox Television] through the entire run of THE X-FILES. It was a great experience. We’ve maintained good relationships with Chris, David and Gillian. We’re very hopeful, but it’s hard. The actors are very busy. They have a lot going on. Chris has a lot on his plate, so it’s just trying to carve out the time.” Amazon recently declined to make Carter’s new post-apocalyptic series project THE AFTER, so the writer-producer may be more open to revisiting his past. More problematic is that Duchovny has an upcoming NBC event series, AQUARIUS, while Anderson has a recurring role on NBC’s HANNIBAL. Both actors would presumably have to get contractually clear of their commitments to Fox’s rival before signing onto an X-Files relaunch. As for BREAK, the team sounded more skeptical of a reboot coming together, but also very interested. “There is some speculation in the press about PRISON BREAK, which honestly was slightly news to us,” Newman said. “Although we’ve made it clear over the years to the studio that we would bring PRISON BREAK back in a heartbeat. It’s probably the perfect event series. If our old partners in that show are interested, that would be great. ”It wasn’t clear if the executives planned to do PRISON BREAK with a new cast or not, but the show’s stars Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller are currently recurring as villains on The CW’s THE FLASH. (I was never a big fan of PRISON BREAK, but since THE X-FILES was [and still is] my favorite TV series of all time, I would love to see it come back. It would be a dream come true, as long as they kept the conspiracy theory plotline to a minimum. I believe that is what killed the show [I like the duo tackling strange monsters of the week]. I even went to see the two X-FILES movies [not to mention the convention that came to NYC in 1998, where I met the beautiful and warm Gillian Anderson], even if the second one was weak when I first saw it, but it has grown on me over time. I really, really hope this happens! - Editor) UPDATE: It's now official. New episodes of THE X-FILES will start to be filmed in the Summer of 2015, with both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning to their iconic roles. The Bad news? It will air on FOX as a six-episode "Event Series". I guess six episodes are better than nothing, but it hardly puts a dent in audiences' hunger to see the duo back together again, the first time since the 2008 theatrical film. Let's hope that the ratings go through the roof and make FOX order more episodes from original creator Chris Carter, who is overseeing this Event Series. No air date has yet been set. UPDATE #2: FOX, in it's ultimate stupid wisdom, will air the first episode at "10-ish p.m." after the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The following night, THE X-FILES will have its time period premiere at 8 p.m. on Monday. This raised questions about the strategic value of both using that football game as a platform to relaunch what is a very established property, while also simultaneously burning off one-third of the network's inventory of the six-episode limited X-FILES return. This can only do damage to the series, since the first episode will not be DVR-friendly, because it has no concrete start time (Look at what CBS does with their Sunday series after football overruns. The one show that should start at 10:00 p.m. usually gets canceled after airing there for one season; even established shows like CSI:). This could hurt the series overall, since if people miss the first episode, they may not want to watch the rest (diehard fans will, but new viewers to the show probably will not). Nice move FOX, you jackasses.

From Variety: March 26, 2015: WWE Studios has formed a partnership with Gene Simmons to launch label Erebus Pictures to finance and produce movies. The alliance is launching with a three-picture co-production deal starting with TEMPLE, originally acquired and developed by WWE Studios. The moniker Erebus is taken from the Greek God “representing the personification of darkness.” It will sell worldwide rights on all titles and use WWE’s TV shows, including MONDAY NIGHT RAW and SMACKDOWN, along with digital, social media and the WWE Network, to market its titles. “The horror genre continues to fascinate me as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences,” said Simmons, who has been in rock group Kiss for four decades. “Horror films fall into a genre that thrives on genuine passion, and I believe this partnership truly capitalizes on that sentiment and supports our vision,” said Michael Luisi, president of WWE Studios. TEMPLE, written by Matt Savelloni, follows a team of trained operatives who find themselves trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence is suddenly shut down — and then begin to experience strange and horrific phenomena. A director will be announced shortly, with principal photography expected to start this summer. Erebus Pictures’ second feature will go into production later this year. Simmons is repped by legal team Kleinberg-Lopez. Bradley Buchanan negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios. (I'm going to hold my tongue until their first movie as a team appears. I hope it is more like SEE NO EVIL [2006] than the pathetic Soska Sisters sequel SEE NO EVIL 2 [2014]. While Gene Simmons has proven himself to be quite the capable actor, in films such as RUNAWAY [1984] and WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE [1987], only time will tell if he knows what makes a good horror film. I mean, he's no Rob Zombie, is he? Remember KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK [1978]? Let's hope these three new films are better than that one. - Editor)

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APPOINTMENT WITH FEAR (1985)

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DEVIL'S EXPRESS (a.k.a. GANG WARS - 1975)

BREEDERS (1986)

THE PEOPLE WHO OWN THE DARK (1975)

COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE (1972)

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THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN (2014)

THE DEMON'S ROOK (2013)

JUST BEFORE DAWN (1980)

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THE DEAD PIT (1989)

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DEMON WITCH CHILD (1974)

THE HOUSE OF INSANE WOMEN (1971)

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THE NIGHT CHILD (1975)

LURKERS (1987)

THE DEVIL'S MEN (1976)

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THE ORACLE (1985)

A BLADE IN THE DARK (1983)

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THE BUTCHERS (2014)

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IN THE LAND OF THE CANNIBALS (2003)

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