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Ed Hunt’s Cult Classic, ‘The Brain,’ To Hit Blu-ray On April 30th Via Scream Factory!

Ed Hunt’s Cult Classic, ‘The Brain,’ To Hit Blu-ray On April 30th Via Scream Factory!

The sci fi horror film The Brain comes to Blu-ray™ on April 30, 2019, from Scream Factory. The release is packed with extensive new bonus features, including new audio commentaries with director Ed Hunt (Halloween Hell), composer Paul Zaza and actor Tom Bresnahan (The Kingdom), and interviews with actress Cynthia Preston (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan), actor George Buza (X-Men), assistant art director Michael Borthwick, and more.

Imagine a pulsating mass of grey matter, exploding in size in size and strength as takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely (Gale), a hot new TV program. But as the show’s ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don’t know is that Dr. Blake has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity.

Special Features:

· NEW 4K scan of the original negative

· NEW Audio Commentary with director Ed Hunt

· NEW Audio Commentary with composer Paul Zaza

· NEW Audio Commentary with actor Tom Bresnahan

· NEW Canada on the Mind – an interview with actress Cynthia Preston

· NEW From Monster Kid to Monster Man – an interview with actor George Buza

· NEW Brain Art – an interview with assistant art director Michael Borthwick

· NEW Food for Thought: A Love Letter to THE BRAIN

· Still Gallery

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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Scream Factory To Deliver Another Dose of Classic Horror With ‘The Body Snatcher’ On Blu-ray!

Scream Factory To Deliver Another Dose of Classic Horror With ‘The Body Snatcher’ On Blu-ray!

A literary classic becomes a horror classic when given the Val Lewton touch. Scream Factory proudly presents The Body Snatcher for the first time on Blu-ray on March 26, 2019, featuring a new 4k scan of the original camera negative and new featurette. Fans can preorder the film now at shoutfactory.com.
The two titans of horror Boris Karloff (Frankenstein) and Bela Lugosi (Dracula) come together in their last on-screen pairing in The Body Snatcher.
Horror icon Boris Karloff plays the title role in the Lewton adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s fictional short story The Body Snatcher, directed with subtle calculation by versatile Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music). A doctor (Henry Daniell – The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake) needs cadavers for medical studies and Karloff is willing to provide them one way or another.
Special Features:
·        NEW 4K scan of the original camera negative
·        NEW You’ll Never Get Rid of Me: Resurrecting THE BODY SNATCHER
·        Audio Commentary with director Robert Wise and writer/film historian Steve Haberman
·        Documentary – Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy
·        Still Galleries – posters, lobby cards, movie stills

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Dominic Sena’s Cult Classic ‘Kalifornia’ To Hit Blu-ray In March Via Shout Select!

Dominic Sena’s Cult Classic ‘Kalifornia’ To Hit Blu-ray In March Via Shout Select!

On March 5, 2019, Shout! Select will unleash the 1993 cult thriller classic KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. This home entertainment release contains the theatrical cut and unrated version of the movie, and special bonus content. Movie collectors and fans can pre-order KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray at ShoutFactory.com

Excitement, adventure and unimaginable terror await on the road to KALIFORNIA, a film directed by Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone in Sixty Seconds). “Brad Pitt is outstanding” (Rolling Stone) and “Juliette Lewis is utterly, heartbreakingly convincing” (Boxoffice) in this chilling psychological thriller co-starring David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes.

When urban intellectuals Brian (Duchovny) and Carrie (Forbes) set out on a cross-country trip to research a book about serial killers, they share the ride with a couple they barely know — Early Grayce (Pitt) and his girlfriend Adele (Lewis). Locked in a car hurtling westward, the four travelers struggle to find some common ground. But when they finally do connect, Early’s violent nature abruptly emerges and the terrified Brian and Carrie realize that they don’t need to go very far to learn about ruthless killers…because they are already face-to-face with one!

KALIFORNIA Collector’s Edition Blu-ray
Special Features:

  • NEW An interview with director Dominic Sena
  • NEW Also includes  The Theatrical Cut – available for the first time on Blu-ray
  • Original Featurette
  • Cast Interviews
  • Trailers and TV Spots

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/EnglishSDH Subtitles/1993/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 117 Minutes (Theatrical), 118 Minutes (Unrated)

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Scream Factory Conjures Up ‘The Craft’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray For March Release!

Scream Factory Conjures Up ‘The Craft’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray For March Release!

Welcome to the witching hour. Scream Factory brings The Craft [Collector’s Edition] to Blu-ray™ on March 12, 2019. The release contains a slate of exciting new bonus features, including new interviews with director and co-writer Andrew Fleming, producer Douglas Wick, co-writer Peter Filardi, and the makeup effects supervisor.

This spectacular horror thriller stars Neve Campbell (Scream, Wild Things) as Sarah, the new kid at St. Benedict’s Academy. Having always been a bit unusual, she fits right in with the school’s outsiders. There’s something different about them though, and it’s not just that they won’t settle for being a group of powerless misfits. They have discovered The Craft … and they are going to use it.

The Craft also stars Robin Tunney (Supernova, The Zodiac), Fairuza Balk (The Island Of Dr. Moreau, American History X), Rachel True (Half Baked, Embrace Of The Vampire) and Skeet Ulrich (Scream, Riverdale).

The Craft [Collector’s Edition] Special Features:

• NEW Directing The Craft – an interview with co-writer and director Andrew Fleming

• NEW Producing The Craft – an interview with producer Douglas Wick

• NEW Writing The Craft – an interview with co-writer Peter Filardi

• NEW Effecting The Craft – an interview with makeup effects supervisor

• Audio Commentary with director Andrew Fleming

• Vintage Featurette – Conjuring THE CRAFT

• Vintage Featurette – The Making of THE CRAFT

• Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary

• Theatrical Trailer

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DOUBLE DRAGON: 90s Cult Classic To Receive Collector’s Blu-ray Release In January 2019!

DOUBLE DRAGON: 90s Cult Classic To Receive Collector’s Blu-ray Release In January 2019!

From director James Yukich (Shawn Mendes: Live at the Greek Theatre), producers Don Murphy (Transformers, Natural Born Killers), Jane Hamsher (From Hell) and Alan Schechter (Showdown), with a screenplay written by Michael Davis (Shoot ‘Em Up) and Emmy® Award Winner Peter Gould (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) comes the cult classic movie based on the video game smash hit.

Double Dragon roars to life with amazing special effects, spectacular action sequences, and a knock-about sense of humor. It’s the year 2007, and what remains of LA is now ”New Angeles”, a city ravaged by earthquakes, tidal waves and vicious gangs. The evil tycoon Koga Shuko (Robert PatrickTerminator 2: Judgment Day) is obsessed with finding the two halves of a talisman known as the ”Double Dragon”, which will give him awesome mystical powers. Two teenaged brothers, Jimmy (Mark DacascosJohn Wick 3) and Billy Lee (Scott WolfParty of Five) find themselves in possession of the amulet’s missing half, thrusting them into the adventure of their lives. With the help of Maria (Alyssa MilanoCharmed) and her vigilante group ”The Power Corps”, Jimmy and Billy must summon all of their courage, resourcefulness and martial-arts skills to stop the villain’s malevolent plan.

Eric D. Wilkinson, who oversees the MVD Rewind Collection shares his enthusiasm for this release. “Double Dragon was arguably one of my favorite projects for the Rewind Collection. This release marks the first time Double Dragon will be available on Blu-ray and in HD in North America! Special features producer Richard Schenkman and I worked tirelessly to create some amazing brand new bonus material that includes a feature length “making of” documentary that I know collectors will love. These new bonus features along with some great archival bonus material and the addition of the pilot of the “Double Dragon” animated television series (courtesy of Invincible Entertainment), MVD is proud to present the definitive edition of Double Dragon in a kick-ass (pun intended) Blu-ray + DVD combo pack collector’s set.”

Crackling with the energy and humor of its two heroes, Double Dragon is a high-octane action spectacular.

Bonus Materials:
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of the main feature
* Audio: English 5.1 Stereo, English 2.0 Stereo, German 2.0 Stereo
* English, French and Spanish Subtitles
* NEW! “The Making of Double Dragon” (full length documentary featuring interviews with stars Scott Wolf and Marc Dacascos, writers Peter Gould & Michael Davis and producer Don Murphy)
* NEW! “Don Murphy: Portrait of a Producer” featurette
* Archival ”Making of” featurette
* Behind the Scenes featurette
* 1993 Double Dragon Animated Series Pilot Episode #101: “The Shadow Falls”
* Storyboard Gallery
* Press Photos, Marketing and Behind The Scenes Photo Galleries
* TV Spots
* VHS Home Video Trailer
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Collectible Mini-Poster
* Reversible Sleeve Featuring Alternate Artwork

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LIVING THE DREAM: Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. Discusses His Epic Journey In Hollywood!

LIVING THE DREAM: Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. Discusses His Epic Journey In Hollywood!

Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. has proven to be an unstoppable force in Hollywood.

Since the early 1980s, Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. has been hard at work breaking down barriers and carving out his own unique career in Hollywood. With roles in cult classics like “Return of the Living Dead” and “Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning” to award-winning roles in dramas like CBS’s war drama, “Tour of Duty” and comedies like “Juwanna Mann” and his own series “Sparks,” he has continued to test himself creatively at every turn. His journey has been challenging and anything but conventional, yet he continues to defy the odds. Through it all he’s remained passionate about his craft, dedicated to every project he takes on, and laser-focused when it comes to his goals. Most importantly, he is living proof that dreams do come true! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the iconic actor to discuss his inspiring story. In this interview Miguel offers an inside look at his stuggles as a young actor, his triumphs along the way, and what he has in store for fans in both the long and short term.

You’re a familiar face on television and film. How did the journey begin?

Ever since I could speak, I was saying that I was going to be an actor. My mom told me that when I was 3 or 4 years old, she spanked me, and I said, “When I become a movie star, I’m not going to buy you nothin’!” [laughs] Acting is all I’ve ever wanted to do since I was born! I absolutely, 100%, without a doubt knew it from 3 or 4 years old that I would be where I am today. I grew up in a small town in North Carolina and I would tell anyone who would listen that I was going to Hollywood to be in TV and movies. They all told me I was crazy! There was no doubt about it, I always knew it! Every single person in my entire life told me it was impossible. Not one single person ever said to me, “Go for it! You can do it!” Everybody told me I was just a little black man living in North Carolina, tall, skinny and black, so it was impossible. They told me there were thousands of actors in the world with agents, managers, college and acting schools, so how was it possible for my poor little black ass in the middle of nowhere to do it. Despite all that, I kept telling everybody, “I don’t know how it’s going to happen, I just know it is going to happen. I promise you!” I said that every day of my life. From the first grade to the 12th grade my nickname was “Hollywood Nune,” which was short for Nunez. I had a jean jacket with “Hollywood” written on the back of it! It was all I ever said I was going to do.

As soon as I graduated, I made three bologna sandwiches, wrote a note and ran away from home to Hollywood. I graduated and four months later I was on that bus. I didn’t have any money, relatives or nothing! I never once thought about what I was going to do when I got here, other than knowing I was going to become a star. Lo and behold, when I got here it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I thought you had to be an actor to get into Hollywood because the man at the bus station said I couldn’t get a ticket to Hollywood. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was at a Trailways station and Trailways always went downtown and Greyhound went to Hollywood. That led me to spending too much time in downtown Los Angeles, which is the worst part of the city. I ate out of the trash, I slept behind the bus station, would wake up with lice on me and I’d have to go to the mission to get sprayed and I’d go weeks without eating. Even through all of that, I was 100% damn sure I was going to do what I set out to do! I used to sell my blood plasma to eat! You’d get $7 and if you did it twice in the same week, you’d get $14 the second time! I would sleep in movie theaters. I would get attacked by people and pull out knives. People don’t know about a lot of that stuff but, again, even living on the streets of L.A., there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to be successful. I didn’t need anyone to believe in my but me. If you put it in your mind that you’re going to be successful, there is nothing that can stop you!

That’s incredible! When did things break for you as an actor?

What happened was that one day I was on a bus and some guy was doing his lines and studying. I was like, “What are you doing?” He said, “I’m an actor. I’m going to an audition.” I said, “I want to be an actor! That’s what I came here for.” He said he was getting ready to go on a cattle call, which is where anybody can audition. He had some papers with him and I said, “So what is that?” He said, “That’s a resume. Take it. You’re going to need a resume and a headshot to get started.” When he got off, I saw there were all these people in the park with cameras. I got off at the next stop, went into a copy place, whited his name out and put my name on his resume. I walked back to the park and got in line. I ended up getting the lead in that commercial! I told the guy I didn’t have an agent, so he took me to his agency and his agent signed me. He said, “You can have all that money.” I didn’t even know how much it was at the time, I was still homeless, but it was a lot. I said, “I want you to send me on more of those cattle things!” He said, “Oh, auditions? OK.” That’s when he signed me. I think the next 50 auditions he sent me on, I got 47 of them. That was back in 1980.

You made the jump to movies and television. At what point did you come into your own as an actor?

In 1987, I was in a series on CBS called “Tour of Duty,” which was a hit show, so I felt I had definitely made it then. However, before that, when I finally got a place to stay was the moment I felt I was on my way to becoming a star. I got it because I was on welfare and there was a hotel where you sign a voucher and get three meals a day at a restaurant. I can’t remember what they called the program, but I called it welfare at the time. Once I did that, I felt I was on my way. I didn’t know all the stuff that other people knew. To be honest, I didn’t know what to think. The only thing going through my head was that every day I was getting closer; even though I wasn’t but that’s what I thought at the time. I’ve always been in it for a career. I didn’t want to get in, blow up, become this huge star and then fall off like everybody else. All I wanted to do was make this a career and I have been blessed to be able to do that!

From RJL Entertainment, the hard-hitting debut season of “Bronx SIU” hit UMC on July 19th.

You are part of a new series on UMC called “Bronx SIU.” How did it come onto your radar and what made you want to be a part of it?

Someone sent me the script and told me about the show. I was excited because I love to play all types of different roles. I mean, I’ve played a woman, a bad guy, a lawyer, a killer, a cop and everything in between. That is the joy of this business; being able to play all these roles. This character was something so different from what I have done in the past. The script was good, and I loved all the different offbeat ways they had us doing it. When they offered me the role of The Captain, I said, “Yeah! I definitely want to be a part of this!” The script was good, the cast was good and the stories were interesting. That’s the thing about this series, you never know where the stories are going to go! Those are all things I really like!

What is your process for bringing a new character to life?

First you have to dissect the script and find out who your character is at every state of the movie or show because you don’t always shoot in order. Here’s a tip for other actors — it’s just as important to know what you don’t know as it is to know what you do know. What happens is most actors read the entire script. Then they will give them the scenes for the next day and they will study those scenes. So, for example, they already know that in the end if they break up or if he gets her back. If you know you’re gonna get the girl back or lose her, you are going to play it a different way. What I do is, whatever scenes I get in the script, I will read only from the beginning to the part we are doing the next day. The next day, I will read from the beginning to only up until the next part. That way I can keep in my mind only the things I do know and not past that point and the things I don’t know. I’ve just picked up all these little things along the way. It also depends on the role that I’m going to play. If I’m playing a police chief, I’m going to look at as many chief roles as I can possibly look, read up on what they do and look at the news. I want to see how they speak and how the other people act around them. You always do your research and you never try to wing it!

This series has a great cast. What do these other people bring out in you creatively?

They don’t bring out anything in me; I go and bring it out in myself and I hope that they can keep up! [laughs] I don’t expect anything out of it. I’m going to bring it and if you aren’t bringing it I’m going to make it look like you’re bringing it! I’m going to be bringing it so tough that they are going to say, “That was a hell of a scene!” [laughs] But, if you are bringing and I’m bringing it, it’s just going to make it better!

Your resume grows more eclectic with each passing year. What do you look for in the roles you take on? Has your approach changed as a seasoned veteran as opposed to a young actor just starting out?

You know what’s weird? It hasn’t changed one single bit. In the beginning, all I wanted to do was good projects and do a good job with everything I did. That’s the same principle I live by right now! Listen, I was just talking about this the other day. I do private teaching, and someone said to me, “I don’t know if I want that role because it’s too little.” I said, “Let me explain something to you. I have gotten major films from one scene in a TV show. I’ve gotten a TV series from one scene in a movie. I’ve been in at least five or six movies where I had a very minor role and there was another black actor in there who was a lead. When you leave the theater, everybody was talking about the one scene. The lead actor had 100 scenes, but everybody was talking about my one scene.” It’s like one of the old greats said, “There are no little parts only little actors.” It doesn’t matter what or how much you have in a movie; it all depends on the job you do in that particular role. You could do one scene and some producer or director might say, “Wow! That guy was good!” Further down the road, they might say, “Hey, remember that guy who did that movie … ” That’s how it happens!

You have a positive attitude and outlook. Where do you look for inspiration?

I look for inspiration with the Bible and spirituality. That is 100% key! I don’t care if you’re Christian, Buddhist or whatever it is! You want to try to get everything right and do right, even if you don’t succeed all the time. If you’re seriously trying, I can guarantee that everything you set out to do is going to succeed.

Miguel A. Nunez, Jr.

What are the biggest challenges you faced over the course of your career?

Honestly, I think the biggest challenges I faced were myself. When I was on top, I was doing it, but I started partying too much. I think the biggest challenge any actor is going to face is himself and his own discipline. It doesn’t matter how much money you make in this business, it’s how much you save. There’re actors who made millions and millions of dollars but end up broke. You see it all the time!

Which of your past projects impacted you the most?

The one that had the biggest impact on my life was “SPARKS.” That was a TV show that I was on with Terrence Howard, James Avery and Robin Givens. It was only UPN Network and I was the lead in this series. Honestly, I think that show got me more stuff after that than any other project. That was because I was able to show more versatility. I got to do everything that I love to do, and it showed off everything that I can do. I definitely think that one did the most.

What are the keys to longevity in the entertainment industry?

The keys are never giving up, never taking no for an answer and not expecting or looking for anyone to help you do anything for yourself. I’ve had two TV shows that I sold! These are network shows that got a whole season on a network. I was told by everybody, “Ain’t nobody gonna buy a show from you! You ain’t nobody! You’ve got to know this person or do that.” Again, everything people told me I couldn’t do, I found a way to do! So, never take no for answer. Be your biggest supporter and your biggest backer. Don’t let anyone come in and tell you that you can’t do something just because they couldn’t figure out a way to do it, period! You will absolutely, 100% succeed in anything that you do if you don’t take no for an answer. Like I said, I was homeless, living on the streets and eating out of the trash and I conquered the most incredibly difficult business that there is. Look at Oprah Winfrey, she’s not the most beautiful woman in the world, was overweight at one point and had the odds against her but she became the most successful talk show host in the world. How many people do you think told her that couldn’t happen? Look at Obama! How many people do you think told him he would never be president. Those are examples that there is nothing you can’t achieve. All this, “The white man this … ” or “The white man that … ,” those days are over! The only person that can stop you from succeeding is you! When you start compromising your morals or principles, that is going to come back to affect you later. If you lose something because you don’t want to compromise your morals, you didn’t really lose it. You only gained something and didn’t get something you are supposed to have in the first place. Never compromise your morals, stay true to yourself and keep pushing forward! I didn’t care if the front door was closed, I would go around the back. If the back door was closed, I’d look for the window. If the window was locked, I will wait till somebody came to open the door and sneak in behind them! I used to sneak into studios! I used to walk in when the security guard was checking other people’s IDs. I even put on construction worker clothes and walked through the gate and waved my hand at the guy as I was going through, just like I was working there. He would just wave me on! [laughs] A couple times I got kicked out, but I never took no for an answer! I knew I was going to get in there! That’s the thing, when somebody said no to me, I looked at it as a challenge! No never meant no to me and now I have achieved the results of not accepting no. I see so many people every day saying, “I wish I could do this … ” Why can’t you? Who says you can’t! Get out there and do it!

Miguel as “Demon” in Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning.”

There is never a dull moment in your world! You have a unique story. Will you ever pen an autobiography?

That’s exactly what I’ve been doing! You have no clue! It will be the most mesmerizing book you’ve ever, ever read. Honestly, I could probably do a second book because coming up I was best friends with every major agent. The stuff I could tell you would blow your mind. I’m not the type of person to do something. If I was ever to be that type of person, the stories I could tell would amaze you. There’s nobody else on this planet that knows the stuff I know about as many A-listers as I do. It’s stuff that nobody on this planet would ever believe! But that’s not my book, that’s my second book! [laughs]

You have many creative years left. What does the future hold for you?

I’m currently shooting a project called “The Family Business,” which is by an incredible New York Times bestselling authors, Carl Weber. The books have sold more than 3.5 million copies; it’s a trilogy. It’s kind of like “Empire.” It’s about a very wealthy family that’s into murdering and anything it takes! We just shot the first film and are about to shoot the second one in New York. I’ve got “Bronx SIU” coming out and we’re gonna be doing a “Juwanna Man 2.” I can’t talk about the sequel too much because we’re still getting the story together and the rights. The studio owned the rights and sold them, so that’s what we’re working on right now, but Lionsgate has agreed to do it. We just need the right story and put it together because there is a huge following for it! I also have a huge TV show that we’re going to be shooting called “Singing with The Stars.” That’s what’s happening at the moment and I’m looking forward to all of that!

Thanks so much for your time today, Miguel! It’s been a pleasure and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again in the future. I wish you continued success!

Thanks so much, brother. God bless you and I appreciate you!

Follow the continuing adventures of Miguel A. Nunez, Jr. on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Catch him on the premiere season of “Bronx SIU” on UMC (Urban Movie Channel) starting July 19th.

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1980’s Cult Classic ‘Full Moon High’ To Hit Blu-ray This April From Scream Factory!

1980’s Cult Classic ‘Full Moon High’ To Hit Blu-ray This April From Scream Factory!

The ‘80s cult classic Full Moon High comes howling to Blu-ray on April 10, 2018, from Scream Factory. Bonus features include a NEW audio commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen (It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, God Told Me To), moderated by King Cohen filmmaker Steve Mitchell, as well as the theatrical trailer.

The problem of a typical high-school teenager takes on monstrous proportions in this comical send up of horror movies from legendary cult filmmaker Larry Cohen.

The most important thing to quarterback Tony Walker (Adam Arkin, Halloween H20) is to win the big game against archrival Simpson High. But this plan soon changes when his ultra-right-wing dad (Ed McMahon) drags him along on a spy mission for the CIA. In Romania, Tony is bitten by a werewolf – and that’s when things really start to get hairy! Now, whenever there’s a full moon, he transforms into a growling beast that hungrily chases down beautiful girls. Cursed to live forever as a teenager with uncontrollable urges, Tony realizes he must find a way to the end this cycle of animalistic excess.

Special Features:

  • NEW audio commentary with writer/producer/director Larry Cohen, Moderated by KING COHEN filmmaker Steve Mitchell
  • Theatrical Trailer

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FULL CIRCLE: Tami Stronach On ‘The NeverEnding Story’ and Her Latest Endeavors!

FULL CIRCLE: Tami Stronach On ‘The NeverEnding Story’ and Her Latest Endeavors!

Tami Stronach may not be a household name but she became forever engrained in the fabric of our childhood memories with her iconic role as the Child-like Empress in the classic 80s flick, “The NeverEnding Story.” Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, the film was a West-German produced English-language film that, at the time, was the most expensive film produced outside the United States or the Soviet Union. With a riveting storyline and a cast of larger-than-life characters the film quickly became a global hit, and even brought about the creation of Tami’s “Faerie Queen” album, which became a cult classic in it’s own right. Most importantly, “The NeverEnding Story” inspired a generation of kids around the world to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. Almost more amazing than the film itself, is the interesting impact the film had on it’s star! While Tami side-stepped a career in the world on film, she never truly left the stage and went on to forge a successful career for herself in the worlds of dance and theater. 30 years on, Tami is hard at work putting together a plethora of family-friendly projects with her multi-faceted company, Paper Canoe. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Tami to discuss her extraordinary career, the challenges she has faced along the way, the amazing work she is bringing to life with Paper Canoe and, of course, “The NeverEnding Story.”

You started acting professionally at an early age. Was it all your choice?

Yes. I was dancing at age 4 and I started taking theater classes because I begged my parents for it. By the time I was in San Francisco at the age of nine, I was carpooling with other people on the weekends to get to acting classes. I was really self-motivated! It was something that was very much something that I wanted to do. Of course, I didn’t have any sort of professional aspirations. I didn’t have an agent and I wasn’t looking at it as anything other than something that was really pleasurable. Then “The NeverEnding Story” happened as a happy accident! I was in one of my acting classes that I was taking on the weekend and the casting agent happened to be friends with my acting teacher. She was on a break from casting and came over to have lunch with my teacher. She showed up a little bit early and saw the tail end of the class. She asked me if I would come and audition the next day and I did, very much not knowing what I was going to be auditioning for! [laughs]

Obviously, “The NeverEnding Story” went on to become an 80s classic. What do you feel you might have brought to the character that wasn’t on the original written page?

That’s an interesting question. I think that’s what’s so fascinating about acting and what it means to bring a script to life. Certainly, you have the written page and all of this information from the author but, obviously, the way it as directed will hugely shape it and change the way that is perceived. The way it’s performed will also affect the way that it transforms. There’s something really strange and wonderful about and having a character because in a weird way you are bringing yourself and your emotions to the character. At the same time, you’re also inhabiting a character, so you’re stepping inside the skin of someone else, of course that character then influences you. I think there’s something really transformative about stories, storytelling and inhabiting characters. We bring them to life but they also bring something to us. We have an experience through being that character that is new and unique. I think I really brought myself to the character in “The NeverEnding Story” and I also got to walk away with a little bit of the Empress’ wise words of “Do what you dream” and “Follow your heart.” Those messages from her really sunk into me.

Building on that, I was curious to know what type of impact being a part of this film had on you and the career you would go on to have.

It’s funny, I think it was so successful in a way that we didn’t expect, especially in Europe. I got a little freaked out by it to be really honest! [laughs] I decided to walk away from celebrity, which felt really overwhelming for me as an 11-year-old girl. I just didn’t feel that I have the tools to be able to navigate that in a successful way. I think my parents felt that they didn’t feel they have the skills to steward me through something like that. I think it can be done and you definitely see examples but really balanced, absolutely wonderful, lovely people who acted as children and then blossom into great actors as adults. I don’t think it’s impossible and I think it can happen but I do think you need to have a little bit of understanding of how Hollywood works and some savvy about how to navigate that whole machine. I think it influenced me by turning me away from film and looking for celebrity based work. Obviously, if you’re going to be in film, that’s part of the package. It really focused me more on live performance. Initially I dove into dance, really, really actively, all through my teens and in college. After I graduated from college, I did really start missing acting. So, I was dancing, choreographing and I joined in acting troupe called The Flying Machine. I was with them for seven years and we performed all over the United States making really beautiful original works that we co-created as an ensemble. It was a very intense, close group of people making art together, very intensively for seven years. It was really special! So, I was acting even as I was doing a lot of dance work. I was definitely consciously avoiding getting an agent and in that arena and just giving myself a live performance as the main vehicle for creativity.

I have one more question about “The NeverEnding Story.” I’m sure you get a little tired of these…

No, no! I really don’t! I avoided it for so long that in some ways I feel like I’m making up for lost time! It really is such a wonderful, happy memory that I’m super happy to talk about it!

Cool! It’s interesting that we live in an era where people are really seeking out strong female characters and you played a great example of of this at 10 years old. How do you view this iconic character through 3 decades removed?

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I was so lucky to fall into playing this part. Like you said, there are more strong female characters today and I think that’s super exciting but in the 80s there were less. It was a really unique experience and opportunity to have played that role. What I love about it is that strength is represented so differently than one would normally represent it. Obviously, my character is a tiny little girl with a tiny frame of a body, she’s sick and she’s dying. In many ways, she is weak but her strength lies in her wisdom, her capacity for empathy, and in her patience. I think that it flips the notion of what strength is, what being brave and what having courage is. I think, especially for little girls, to see an example of bravery and strength that is achievable for them is an amazing thing. It’s really through her emotional courage and wisdom that she has the gravitas that she has, as opposed to a powerful punch or something. I think it’s a really fun contradiction that the character presents the audience.

“The NeverEnding Story” is a childhood favorite of so many people who are our age. What are some of the films that impacted you as a child growing up in the 80s?

Gosh, that’s so funny! All of the really cheesy ones are coming to mind! [laughs] It’s the ones that are your favorite because you get a bucket of popcorn, turn your brain off and are like, “Yesssss!!!” [laughs] I’m thinking “Dirty Dancing” but that’s not a good enough answer! [laughs] Of the really hefty ones, my absolute favorite is “Blade Runner.” I still think that movie is incredible and everyone is still trying to copy that movie! There are shows like “West World,” “Humans” and so many others pulling from it because it was such a breakthrough film. I think I like a lot of slightly darker films that people might expect. I really like ‘Brazil’ which was a Terry Gilliam film. I also loved “Labyrinth” with David Bowie! I was a complete David Bowie nut and I just adored him. Anything he did I was really into. I loved “E.T.” and all the other classics from that era!

Let’s focus on life after the film. What were some of the other milestones that impacted you throughout your journey?

I worked with a woman named Neta Pulvermacher and dancers, also for 7 years. That seems to be the magic number for me! [laughs] She was really wonderful! I was really fortunate to be in New York at that time when you really could live as a dancer and survive as an artist. It was a much cheaper city years ago than it is now! [laughs] we made it a lot of work where she would ask the performers in her class to contribute material. I always got to be the girl who did the acting bits in the shows, in addition to the dancing bits. It was a really fun company for me to be in! I got to sing with The Jazz Passengers, who is a band that Debbie Harry of Blondie was also singing with in New York. It was crazy to be singing with that band! They are unbelievable! We also worked with John Zorn who is an incredible jazz musician in New York and we toured internationally. That was all very exciting. Then I was working with a bunch of other peers of mine creating a lot of dance work. I also have my own company where I was working very hard on creating my own blend of dance and theater. That was important for me as an artist because I wanted to come up with a signature language that I found as really compelling. For me, it was never just pure dance. There was always something about the poetry of movement. As an artist, working with the different companies I worked with really influence and fed my own creative exploration of how to create a unique dance theatre language for my own company which has been going on now for 20 years!

All of those experiences culminated with the creation of another project — The Paper Canoe. What can you tell us about it and all the cool things you guys have going on at the moment?

Paper Canoe is a new venture. I had a daughter 6 years ago and to sound like a total cliché, she changed my life! [laughs] It’s so amazing! You hear these people say it and you think, “Ahhh! It’s such a cliché” but then you find yourself saying exactly the same thing! [laughs] She really did change my life! With the birth of her, I just felt that I wanted to get back to family entertainment and tell stories that kids and their parents would enjoy together. In a weird way, I feel that I’ve come full circle and I’m starting to be involved in the same kinds of projects that I was doing when I was a little kid and did “The NeverEnding Story.” All of Paper Canoe’s stuff is much more theater based. I did a small record when I was in Germany when I was doing “The NeverEnding Story” and now I have released an album through Paper Canoe, so I’m singing again! It’s really kind of fun! I feel like a lot of the things that I was more heavily focused on as a young kid are coming back into focus. They are things that I missed and I’m excited about exploring again! Paper Canoe has a new album called “Beanstalk Jack” and we are doing a bunch of shows in New York City this month and next month. We are also going to be developing that during the course of next year into a full on theatrical production. I’m also doing some music videos for it. Normally, I choreograph on human beings but this is going to be a video that features my daughter and myself in stop motion. We are going to be doing a lot of dancing with toys on shelves, so it’s a whole new choreographic challenge!

What have been the biggest challenges for you in getting Paper Canoe up and running?

I think the biggest challenge for me has been to reconceive projects not just as live performances. For so many years that was my medium, genre and where I felt comfortable. I know theater directors, playhouses in New York and how to get audiences to see shows that are interested in that niche but, with that said, Paper Canoe is a new thing. “Beanstalk Jack” is digital and a music video is digital. One of the plays that we made, after putting it up, I think honestly it needs to come alive as a graphic novel. What Paper Canoe is doing to me is forcing me to consider other modes of expression beyond live performance. I think it’s great to push myself to think in terms of music videos, an album and in other ways. For example, I do have some ideas for a short film. It’s kind of challenging for me to broaden my frame in expand out into digital and print content!

That’s very cool. It’s exciting to see you continue to push yourself creatively. From what I have read, you are also getting back into film. What can you tell us about that aspect of your career?

I shot an indie film called “Ultra Low” last month, which was really fun. It’s funny, with the birth of Paper Canoe, last year we did 3 months of performing every weekend. So, the acting bug has sort of started to raise its head and I’ve been itching to do more acting. I think it also might be because of having so many herniated discs at this point! [laughs] I had a tour to the Czech Republic, where we were performing, and the next day I was in so much pain! I thought, “Tami, you are in your mid 40s. How long are you going to keep bending yourself into these impossible shapes?” [laughs] I think there is a natural evolution, and one has to be honest with oneself about where one is in one’s life and what the right mode of expression is for that time. I think as I hang up my dancing shoes, of course there are no shoes and modern dance, the need to find other ways and other outlets to perform are pointing me in the direction of acting again. It was really great and an awesome experience shooting “Ultra Low”. It was a really fun script and I had a blast doing it. I would love to do some more film in the future.

I wanted to talk about your musical side as well. Did music first come into your life through dance?

Actually, I think my love of music came from my father. He has a lovely voice and he is Scottish. I grew up singing Scottish folksongs with him. As I mentioned, my parents were archaeologists, so we did a lot of road trips and took Land Rovers out into the dirt to look for pottery shards. We would be driving for hours and hours and we would sing to pass the time. We still do! At all of our holidays, we sing for hours! That’s kind of what we do as a family. I think, in some ways, I never realized what a huge influence that was or that perhaps other families didn’t do that! [laughs] You somehow get blinded to the circumstances that you live in! Your like, “Don’t all families do this?” [laughs] My dad had this treasured, old Scottish folk song book that he got from his father and one of the projects I am itching to do is to record some Scottish folksongs with The Beanstalk Band, which we might do this summer. Now that we have this incredible group musician around, it might be a fun opportunity!

Are you involved with any charity work or causes close to your heart that we can help shine a light on?

Yes! I would love to talk about that! I am a mom and as a mom I think a lot about clean air and clean water, so I really like NRDC (National Resource Defense Council – www.nrdc.org). I’m also really passionate about animals. Since they don’t have a voice, I think it’s our responsibility to make sure that we treat them humanely. The Jane Goodall Foundation (www.janegoodall.org) is one I that I support annually as well! Those are some of the organizations close to my heart.

We can definitely look to you as an inspiration with everything you have accomplished in your career and the way you continue to create. What’s the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist?

The world that we live in can be tiring, difficult and full of challenges, so it can be really tempting to take the path of least resistance sometimes. I think it’s really important to fight for your dreams and to fight for the things that really fulfill you. I know it’s going to sound cheesy but “The NeverEnding Story” was about insisting on doing what you dream, placing value on your imagination and building a better world by having the capacity to imagine better things. I think it’s really our duty to ourselves to listen to our own creative impulses and where our hearts are telling us to go. It’s definitely hard, I’m not saying it’s an easy thing to do, but I do truly believe it’s worth it. There’s something in all of us telling us, “This is what you need to be doing.” The cost of not listening to that voice is very high. The greatest gift you can give yourself is valuing your own heart!

Very well said! That is a great outlook! Thank you so much for your time today, Tami! I’ve really enjoyed looking back and looking ahead with you. I wish you continued success and we’ll talk again soon!

Thank you, Jason! I’ve had such a good time talking to you! Take care!

Follow the continuing adventures of Tami Stronach visit her official website at www.tamistronach.com. Connect with her on social media via Instagram, Twitter and Vimeo.

BEANSTALK JACK Promo from Tami Stronach on Vimeo.

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Synapse Films To Release ‘Basket Case 2’ and ‘Basket Case 3: The Progeny’ On Blu-ray This August!

Synapse Films To Release ‘Basket Case 2’ and ‘Basket Case 3: The Progeny’ On Blu-ray This August!

Double your freaky fun with Frank Henenlotter’s BASKET CASE 2 and BASKET CASE 3: THE PROGENY on Blu-ray this August from Synapse Films!

1982’s BASKET CASE introduced horror fans to Duane Bradley and his twin brother Belial, and a new horror classic was born.  They also introduced the world to Frank Henenlotter, the uniquely crazed talent who would later give us BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER.  In 1990 and ‘91, Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck returned for two even more demented sequels, both coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films this August, each at the low price of $19.95!

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“BASKET CASE 2 is a hilarious genre spoof… paying homage to Tod Browning’s 1932 classic, FREAKS.” – Variety

Duane Bradley and his surgically-separated twin brother Belial return in this frightfully gory follow-up to Frank Henenlotter’s original monster movie classic, BASKET CASE. After surviving a fall from a hospital window, the two brothers become media targets. Duane’s aunt, Granny Ruth (played by world-famous Jazz singer Annie Ross), whisks the duo away to a secluded mansion, where other freaks-in-hiding live out their days away from public scrutiny. When a snooping tabloid reporter finds the location of the mutants, Duane and his new family must stand together to keep their freedom a secret. And, in all the chaos, Belial might actually find true love!

Synapse Films is proud to present BASKET CASE 2 in a beautiful high-definition transfer from the original 35mm camera negative

Features
• THE MAN IN THE MOON MASK – Interview with “Half Moon” actor, David Emge
• BEYOND THE WICKER – Behind-the-Scenes Featurette from Special Effects Makeup Artist, Gabe Bartalos
• Reversible Cover art with newly commissioned front piece by Joel Robinson

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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

He’s back. He’s bad. And, he’s a dad! Belial, everyone’s favorite beast-in-a-basket, is back in this sensational third film in the wildly macabre BASKET CASE horror series.

After being separated again from his conjoined twin brother Duane (Kevin Van Hentenryck), Belial finds out he’s going to be a deformed daddy! Mrs. Belial (“Eve”, played by Denise Coop) delivers a litter of bouncing baby monsters, but the blessed event turns into a nightmarish ordeal when the police kidnap the little critters. They should know it’s not safe to anger Belial! Attacking the cops in a climactic, gory rampage, everyone’s favorite mutant mauler stops at nothing to get his newborns back!

Synapse Films is proud to present BASKET CASE 3: THE PROGENY in a beautiful high-definition transfer from original 35mm vault materials.

Features
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Reversible Cover art with newly commissioned front piece by Joel Robinson

BASKET CASE 2 specs
Runtime: 90 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio: High-Definition [1.78:1] 1080p Presentation
Format: Blu-ray
Region: All Regions
SRP: $19.95
UPC: 654930318591
CAT: SFD0162

BASKET CASE 3 Specs
Runtime: 90 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio: High-Definition [1.78:1] 1080p Presentation
Format: Blu-ray
Region: All Regions
SRP: $19.95
UPC: 654930318690
CAT: SFD0163

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Retro Review: Nico Mastorakis’ Cult Classic ‘The Zero Boys’ Hits Blu-ray From Arrow Video!

Retro Review: Nico Mastorakis’ Cult Classic ‘The Zero Boys’ Hits Blu-ray From Arrow Video!

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It’s time to turn back the clock once again with a brand new retro review from Icon Vs. Icon’s Dylan Lyles! This time he turns his attention Nico Mastorakis’ cult classic, ‘The Zero Boys,’ which recently hit blu-ray from the good folks at Arrow US! A quick synopsis of the film before we dive in:

‘The Zero Boys’ Synopsis: From cult director Nico Mastorakis, the man behind such eclectic offerings as the controversial ‘Island of Death’ and the Oliver Reed starring actioner ‘Hired to Kill,’ comes ‘The Zero Boys’ – the genre-bending ‘80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of ‘Hostel’ and ‘Saw.’ For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of their number turns up dead. Finding themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled “Zero Boys” must now play their war games for real. Starring Kelli Maroney (‘Night of the Comet,’ ‘Chopping Mall’) and featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’), ‘The Zero Boys’ mixes action, survival, and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Deliverance.’

Available now from Arrow Films!

Available now from Arrow Films!

REVIEW: Movies that switch up genres halfway through and keep the viewer invested will always hold a place in my heart. The movie that comes to mind when I mention this is Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 classic, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn.’ To avoid spoilers, how has anyone not seen this flick, I will just mention that “Dusk” begins on one note, and ends in almost a completely different world altogether. I only bring this up because that movie stuck out in my mind during my viewing of the Zero Boys.

This 1986 Mastorakis “classic” opens on what appears to be a ghost town. Two warring factions are having a dangerously intense gunfight throughout the town. After ten minutes or so of “fantastic 80s action”, it is revealed that this is the final match in a weekend tournament of war games style paintball. After pausing the movie and double checking, I saw no sign of the Road Warriors or the NWO……….sorry, ‘WarGames’ humor. Knowing very little about the film beforehand I was strapped in and ready for an epic 80s action comedy! Was I in for a treat or what? The cocky, yet charming, Zero Boys decide to celebrate their well fought victory by heading to the mountains. Things don’t exactly go as planned so they eventually end up at a cabin that looks eerily familiar. They are joined by three gorgeous females, one of which being the leader of the opposing teams girlfriend. Members of our “fearless” friends begin disappearing one by one in a cat and mouse game that is one part slasher, one part “torture porn”, and all parts fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. I went into this release blind so my only experience with ‘The Zero Boys’ comes from this fantastic Arrow release itself. The Zero Boys themselves, played by Daniel Hirsch, Tom Shell, and Jared Moses, are just three cocky asshole “kids” without a care in the world. The acting itself is perfect 80s camp that fits in perfect with the time. You can honestly tell how much fun these guys had acting off of one another. The star of our cast, and the honest stand out, would have to be Kelli Maroney of ‘Night of The Comet.’ She plays the seductive, yet strong willed Jamie. Her character will definitely have the male viewer’s attention.

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Acting aside, the dialogue here is spot on. There are constant clever references to Jason throughout the movie. These would just be forgettable self-aware slasher flick comments if it wasn’t for the fact that the cabin used is the same cabin from ‘Friday the 13th Part 3.’ Its fun facts and subtle hints that makes ‘The Zero Boys’ that much more enjoyable. Also, if the dialogue doesn’t bring you in, then the fantastic score by Hans Zimmer will. Yes, that Hans Zimmer! If you’ve never seen this movie I highly suggest picking up this release.

This Arrow release, as always, is jam packed with excellent stuff. First we have the signature Arrow booklet which includes a great write up by critic, James Oliver. The packaging itself is a great piece of art in itself. Getting into the disc itself, the brand new 2K transfer is fantastic. Not being a “transfer nazi” myself, it blows my mind to see these older movies look better and better with every release. As with every Arrow release, the disc is jam packed with bonus material, my favorite being director, Nico Mastorakis’s interview with himself. The bit never gets old for the duration of the 30 minutes or so interview. Also included are new interviews with stars Kelli Maroney and Nicole Rio. There’s also a commentary with Maroney and “Shock Till You Drop”’s Chris Alexander.

I can’t stress enough how much fun this movie is. ‘The Zero Boys’ is an 80s classic that I’m sad got overlooked throughout the years. If you’re a fan of 80s action, horror, and/or comedy then this release is definitely worth picking up. — Dylan Lyles

About the writer: The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of both horror, comic books and professional wrestling. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you! Follow him on Twitter at @TheDylanLyles.

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