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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 R.I.P.  BANSHEE (2013 - 2016)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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PS: For all of you that have emailed me asking if I sell the films I review, the answer is NO!!!. I do this for the sheer joy of it and would never think of turning a profit off of something I love so dearly. While most of the films I review are available from reliable distributors, some of the films have been out of circulation for years and will probably never get a legal DVD release in the near or distant future. If you do not see a link to a distributor at the end of my reviews, I could probably make you a copy of the film on DVD-R (which will play on most DVD players sold in the last couple of years) if you have films to trade. Email me with your inquiries (I have over 7,500 films in my library) and I'll see what I can do for you. These films are to be distributed from one collector to another (Legal disclaimer). Don't expect crystal clarity as they are being copied from VHS to DVD-R and you may be able to get your hands on a film that you've been dying to see for many years. (Good news: I've completely turned all my VHS tapes to DVD-R, so you can probably get any film you want reviewed on this web site.) Good luck! To see my VHS and DVD library list (it's not complete and badly needs an updating), click HERE. You must have Microsoft Excel 2000 or later to view the file.

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Dedicated to Diane Adelman  1956 - 2015
Special Dedication to Gator Adelman (1998 - 2016) & Allie Adelman (2001 - 2016), the best damn cats anyone could have as family members.

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY OLIVIA de HAVILLAND (GONE WITH THE WIND - 1939; HUSH...HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE - 1964), ONE OF OUR LAST TRUE STARS OF THE SILVER SCREEN. LONG MAY YOU STAY WITH US. A true lady if there ever was one.

GOODBYE WES CRAVEN AND THANKS FOR MAKING ME JUMP OUT OF MY SEAT MORE TIMES THAN I CAN EVER REMEMBER. YOU WERE TRULY ONE OF A KIND. I can't believe it has been a year already.

GOODBYE BANSHEE AND THANKS FOR FOUR SEASONS OF BONE CRUSHING ACTION, GUNFIRE, GORE AND DRAMA. EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE SHOW DESERVES A STANDING OVATION. I have never seen a show like it and I doubt I ever will again.

GOODBYE PERSON OF INTEREST AND THANKS FOR FIVE AMAZING SEASONS OF ACTION, SUSPENSE AND HUMOR. ALSO, THANKS FOR ENDING THE SERIES ON A PROPER NOTE (Michael Emerson should win an Emmy Award® for his performance in the final episode, but he wasn't even considered for a nomination [they should rename it the Pay Cable/Streaming Awards]), WITH TEARS OF BOTH JOY AND SADNESS. NOT MANY SERIES ARE AFFORDED THAT CHANCE AND YOU HIT A HOME RUN. I WILL MISS YOU. SOMEWHERE IN THE FUTURE, A FUSCO/SHAW SPINOFF WOULD BE NICE.

THINGS THAT BOTHER & PLEASE ME TODAY

*September 11, 2016: I am a fIrm believer in the First Amendment, but just because you are allowed to do something doesn't mean you should do it. Case In Point: We all know that for the past few weeks that 49er's football backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been sitting down during the playing of our National Anthem to protest the way black people are being treated by police. It is his right to do this, even if his conclusions are about as wrong as he can get. There are a few bad apples in the police force just like any other profession, but to call out an entire force for the actions of the few is just plain idiotic. And, believe me, Kaepernick is an idiot, but even more idiotic are other football players supporting him by sitting down or taking a knee during the first Sunday of Professional Football during our National Anthem, which just happened to be the 15th Anniversary of 9-11. Again, it is their right to do so, but to spit in the faces of familes of the victims of 9-11 and do the same thing to all the soldiers who fought in every war to keep America free is not only unpatriotic, it is also being an asshole of the first degree. While they are breaking no First Amendment laws, that does not mean they are not breaking any clauses in the contracts they signed with their teams. I only hope some owners get brave enough to think patriotism trumps good playing on the field and fires their asses for breaking their morals clause. There are plenty of other players waiting for their big break and will do it for a lot less money than these asshats. The owners are also not breaking the First Amendment by doing this. So here is where I stand: I don't like seeing black people killed by the police, but I also don't like seing police being killed by black people either, especially when they are protecting a #BlackLivesMatter protest and hearing some black people clapping in approval after hearing five policemen were killed by a sniper. We are living in strange times, but there are proper ways of handling things. Disrespecting your country is not one of them, so if you stand with Colin Kaepernick, just move out of this country and see how far you get doing the same thing in any other country (and realize how wrong you really are). Until then, I will be not watching football this year. It seems I am not the only one, because ratings for the first Sunday of Pro Ball in 2016 was down more than 15% from the same time in 2015. This is America. We bend, but we don't break. And, as we all know, bending too far hurts. I hope it hurts a lot for Kaepernick and all of his supporters. If I thought the way Kaepernick does, I would think all football players are unpatriotic, but I have a brain and can seperate the idiots from the patriotic players. And the idiots stand for the opposite of what this country was built on: Patriotism. Get the hell out of my country! It doesn't matter what color, race, religion, etc. you are. If you don't support our country, there is no reason for you to be here. (NOTE: While the NBA has a clause in their contracts that every player must respect the National Anthem, including the Canadian National Anthem, since there is a team in Canada, the NFL has no such clause in their contracts and when Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of Football, said publicly he has no problems with what Kaepernick is doing [even though, as a backup quarterback, Kaepernick is on shaky ground], it opened up the floodgates and then mostly other black football players were doing it in support of Kaepernick, while the owners of the teams were screaming mad that Goodell would say such a thing [Goodell is their employee]. Attendence is down and people are demanding their money back [or just not showing up], advertisers are balking at buying time for TV commercials and a recent Thursday Night CBS Football game was down over 28% in the ratings from the year before. And it was a NY Jets Game, which are very popular with TV football watchers on the Northeast coast. Believe me, it won't be long before Kaepernick is sacked and then others will fall in line or be fired. You can dishonor your First Amendment Rights all you want, but do it on your own time and own dime. The time is coming sooner than you think.)

*September 4, 2016: Again I have more bad news. My furry female feline family member Allie passed away after 15 years of companionship this morning. After my boy Gator passed away in February of this year, Allie became my constant companion, giving me love when I needed it the most. She made me smile, laugh, cry and show nearly my entire range of emotions. For the first time in my life, I am truly alone. Allie was unlike most female cats I have ever met. She didn't need companionship, she WANTED it and would sleep on my chest every night. She also missed Gator, but made sure that she kept me occupied to try and keep my mind busy. She would play fetch with her favorite mouse (which I buried with her in a handmade casket I made, right next to Gator), went gonzo with a laser pointer I would use (Want to laugh? Use a laser pointer on the floor and walls, but never in your cat's eyes) and sit on my lap while I type on my computer. I think that is what I miss the most: Allie asleep on my lap purring while I typed. And it would be for hours. I just hope that if there is a Heaven and they allow animals, that Allie and Gator are now playing together and having the time of their deaths. They both gave me unconditional love, something humans are unable to do and Allie took the helm when Gator passed away. I never had two furry four-legged family members like Allie and Gator and I doubt I will ever experience that feeling again. Those that think that the death of their pet (God, I hate that word!) means nothing don't deserve to have one. R.I.P. Allie Adelman. There will never be a more beautiful and caring female family member like you again. Thanks for all the good times and there were many. Daddy will always love you (I made up the word "ultra-infini-love" to describe our feelings for each other. It means our love will never die, long after I retire from this mortal coil.). NOTE: The reason why Allie is my family member was simple. As you can see from the photo, Allie had two different color eyes (it did not affect her eyesight) and I was born with only one working eye. Allie saw me and licked me just under my non-working eye and from that moment-on, she was part of my family.

*August 5, 2016: If NBC and their affiliates keep showing so many commercials during the Olympics, I will just quit watching the Olympics and watch the highlights during the Sports section of my local TV news. The 4 1/2 hour opening ceremonies in Rio had more commercials than Olympic footage, making it feel like a 4 1/2 hour commercial interrupted by a few minutes of Olympic footage. If NBC wanted to pay such a huge sum to have exclusive coverage of the Games, they shouldn't punish the viewers with all the commercials. Makes you wonder if NBC itself will show soccer coverage or give it to one of their affiliates like the USA Network, who can go 45 minutes without showing commercials, since that 45 minutes goes on without interruption, twice (not counting overtime). NBCUniversal proudly proclaims that it collected over 1.2 billion dollars in advertiser fees, but this will be a major turnoff and doom NBC in viewership. Who wants to watch 42 minutes of commercials every hour (One funny Twitter response thanked NBC for airing more than 60 minutes of commercials in one hour!)? This is like a month-long Super Bowl and NBC even had a commercial for football (Amy Schumer’s Bud Light commercial from the NFL championship turned up more than several times) during Opening Day ceremonies. Makes you wonder if NBC stands for Nothing But Commercials. Way to ruin an ancient sporting event NBC! And a really big SHAME ON YOU!!!!!! One of my fondest memories of the Olympics was watching the late Muhammed Ali light the torch in Atlanta, Georgia, starting the 1996 Summer Olympic Games (I'm man enough to say I cried like a baby). Today, NBC would ask Ali to stop for five minutes so they could show a block of commercials, ruining the moment. On another note: Pele, Brazil's favorite son and probably the world's greatest soccer (football) player, who retired in 1977 and is still known fondly by the rest of the world, could not light the Olympic Cauldron because the 75 year-old legend was in poor health and now walks with a cane. He was replaced with Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei Cordeiro de Lima (I know, who?), making the opening ceremonies a little less special. The Brazilians could have come up with some way to get Pele to light the flame, but they cheaped out. I can think of at least three ways where Pele could have been used without hurting his health, but I guess the financially-strapped Rio couldn't afford to do it. A national treasure lighting the flame is as old as the Olympics itself. Except for this one. NOTE: I was watching Badminton between Indonesia and China on the USA Network (don't laugh because that shuttlecock flies through the air at over 200mph and Indonesia's champion Lee Chong Wei has a lot to be proud of, taking home the Silver! Some of his shots and returns were simply amazing.) and they would break for commercial and when they came back, it would be in the middle of another game! That is no way to treat any sport and the announcers just completely ignored it.

*August 4, 2016: Congratulations to President Obama, who made history on Wednesday August 3, 2016 by commuting the sentences of 214 non-violent offenders, the most that has ever been done in one day. Most of these commuted sentences had to do with our archaic drug laws, where getting caught with a joint and you already have two strikes against you, you are put in prison for life. A lot of these commuted sentences were just that and it is great that our President recognizes such stupidity in our judicial system. Nowadays, getting caught with a joint is usually just a ticket, unless you use it medicinally, but there were (and still are) people in prison for 20 years or more, spending all that time in cages for getting caught doing the same thing years earlier. Maybe President Obama wants to open our eyes to the inequality and change these outrageously abusive laws, even grandfathering the sentences already doled out over the decades. I hope that is true, but at least 214 people get their first taste of freedom after many years on the inside. I never thought of marijuana as a gateway drug, yet most States still think it is and treat it accordingly. It is this little token by President Obama, in his final months as Commander In Chief, that may change things greatly in our society. I'm not talking about drug dealers, because they are scum only in it for the money, but about marijuana users. It is their life. It is their body. And it is their choice. To put someone in jail because they had a joint in their pocket is just plain stupid, whether they have two strikes or not (Don't get me started on that idiotic law, where jaywalking can be considered one of the three crimes!). This is President Obama's final shot over the bow, making all of us think of the stupidity of why these people were serving time, this time without the Republicans able to reverse his decision. Way to go President Obama. Way to go. A couple of weeks later our POTUS reduced the sentences on over 200 inmates who were in prison serving long drug sentences for what is basically a ticket today. Do News agencies cover such positive moves from our President? No, they don't. Besides a short paragraph, they are mostly overlooked. Maybe that is a good thing, because the Republicans have their hands full with an obviously insane Donald Trump right now. President Obama could get so much done his last few months in service and basically be left alone.

*July 22, 2016: To my great sadness, I am informing you that the last new VCRs will be manufactured this month. The last manfacturer of the iconic machine that revolutionized home video (and why my zine and this website were created), Funai Electronics of Japan, announced that the last VCRs would be produced until the end of July 2016 and then manufacturing halted for good (At one time they were selling 15 million units a year. In 2015, they sold 750,000 units.). If you are a frequent VCR user like myself, buy yourself a couple of new replacements on eBay (I have three brand new boxed VCRs in my closet) because there are still thousands of movies that have yet to make it on to DVD or Blu-Ray, neither which would have been created without the popularity of the VCR. I could write 1,000 pages on how the VCR changed the way we viewed movies and recorded TV shows and films for later viewing (I have 3,000 non-prerecorded VHS tapes in my possession dating back to the early 1980's), but I will keep it short and sweet: R.I.P. VCR.

*July 22, 2016: In the "Are You Fucking Kidding Me?" Department: Lionsgate Films premiered a finished reboot of BLAIR WITCH at ComicCon, which has been kept secret for nearly a year (It was previously screened for critics, but they had to promise not to say anything. And they kept their promise! What is this world coming to when critics keep their promises?). It will debut in theaters on September 16, 2016 and was helmed by respected genre director Adam Wingard (YOU'RE NEXT - 2011). Just what we need: A reboot of the film that started the "found footage craze", giving a whole new crowd of young would-be filmmakers the idea that they can make their own found footage film, too. I know some genres are cyclical, but I kept hoping that this kind of film died a quick death, but it is still going strong after 17 years. Just to make things clear, I hated THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) and never saw another found footage film in a theater since (If you do, sit in the back of the theater, because the closer you get to the screen, the more likely it is that you will experience nausea and intense headaches). I can count the number of good found footage films on one hand and there have been thousands. NOTE: It seems Eli Roth (GREEN INFERNO - 2013; a film I am highly fond of, see my DTV Review section) did the same thing. He went out and made a sci-fi/horror film called MISSION: FEAR and nobody was aware of its existence except those involved in the film. He released a teaser trailer on Twitter on August 2, 2016. The film is finished and awaiting a release date. It seems that secrets can still be kept secret! In Hollywood, that's freaking amazing!

*July 12, 2016: Lena Dunham, probably one of the ugliest women to ever grace the screen and star of HBO's GIRLS, wants all the new ads for the new Jason Bourne film torn down from New York subways because he is holding a gun, once again perpetrating the myth that movies cause all the world's violence. What a moron. She has no problem showing rape and a guy jizzing on a girl's breasts on her pay cable show, but showing someone holding a gun is a big no-no. I wonder what she thinks of all the posters for the James Bond films? I hope this gets Dunham blackballed from Hollywood for her stupid remark. It is she who is part of the problem, not the solution. Besides, she has a face that would break mirrors. I usually don't make fun of anyone's looks, but she deserves this one. She later complained that a football star would not look or talk to her because she wasn't "hot" enough. You would think she would be use to that by now (besides, she had to backtrack on her statement because her Twitter followers started making fun of her). She is a bitch with a capital "C".

*July 7, 2016: "#Black Lives Matter" held a special place in my heart until the killing of five innocent police officers in Dallas, Texas by a sniper during one of "Black Lives Matter" rallies. Black lives aren't the only ones that matter. These dead police officers had family and friends, too. All lives matter and to take the lives of innocent police officers is no different than a few bad apples in police departments across the United States killing innocent Black people. This country is going through total ignorance (Think of the people who are going to vote for Donald "Supreme Racist" Trump for President as a prime example) and I have the feeling it is too late to turn this country around. People are stupid and not only white people are racists. But to use that racism to kill innocent people of any color or race is pure genocide. We are moving back in time and not ahead. And I blame the internet for supplying too much false information that bring the crazies to the forefront. Instant access is destroying the world. Too many phone videos and photos that go viral are taken out of context because they don't tell the whole story, yet people believe everything they see. Think I'm wrong? Prove it to me. And also think of this: If Black Lives Matter didn't hold a peaceful rally that day, these five police officers would still be alive. It is a Catch-22 situation. At what point is protesting the same thing too much protesting? Don't try to think of an answer because there is none. I am not Pro-Police (which some people have accused me of). I am Pro-Life of all living people of any race, religion and color. EVERY Life.

*JUNE 23, 2016: The British voting to sever ties with the European Union (Known as "Brexit". No more Euros in Great Britain!) will have a ripple effect in the entertainment industry as well as much confusion to the people across the pond and around the world. Not only is the United States going to Hell in a handbasket, our allies are also following suit. The crazies are coming out in droves. There is no common sense left in this world and this may be the beginning of the end. Consider this: Donald Trump becomes President (I think I just threw up in my mouth for writing that) and changes our currency system to Trump Bucks. All previous currency will only be good for a short period of time. Imagine what will happen to our country. This is what Great Britain is going to go through now. At least they still have the Pound system to fall back on. Prime Minister of England, David Cameron, stepped down because of the decision (with just 51.89% of the country deciding to leave the EU). The Euro system of currency still has many problems. It is hard to make a single standard currency work in so many different countries. Hang in there England! Stock markets around the world are feeling the ever-increasing ripple of Great Britain's decision. That ripple will soon turn into a tidal wave, with other countries deciding to follow Great Britain's suit. The European Union was a valiant try, but it just isn't working.

*JUNE 12, 2016: My condolences to the families of the Orlando mass shooting that killed 49 people and injured over 50 more. Just because someone is gay, transgendered, etc., is no excuse for some American citizen to walk into a nightclub and gun down over 100 people, killing nearly half of them. I don't care if he was Muslim, Catholic, or Episcopalian, wrong is wrong and I hope the killer gets fast justice in Hell, where he is most certainly headed. When are we going to wise up and put a ban on owning semi-automatic weapons that can easily be modified to be automatic weapons? There is only one reason to own such weapons, as the killer showed us. If you don't like the gay lifestyle, just stay away from it, don't use it as an excuse to kill 49 innocent people. There is talk of the killer joining ISIS, which makes that racist Donald Trump beam with pride, but this is home-grown terrorism performed by one American citizen, no matter what his nationality is. And from all accounts from his ex-wife and people who knew him, he was mentally ill and a bastard. My heart breaks, not just for the victims and their families, but because this will just be another mass shooting that will be brushed under the rug after two weeks by the Republicans and nothing will be done to change our gun culture. When are we going to wake up? UPDATE: June 20, 2016: Just like I predicted, the Senate voted down four gun reform bills that would have made getting a weapon at gun shows a lot more difficult and creating a National Background Check System that would have allowed a judicial review system to keep a person on a terror watch list from buying a gun. Both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for this because two bills were offered by each party and voted down along party lines. This is madness multiplied to infinity. Screw common sense, let's do things our way! And that way is to do nothing at all. UPDATE #2: July 30, 2016: Just like I predicted, this whole situation was swept under the rug in favor of coverage of the Democratic and Republican Conventions, followed by Rio Olympics fever.

*APRIL 21, 2016: If James Spader doesn't win an Emmy Award® for his performance in Episode 19 of THE BLACKLIST, titled "Cape May", there is no justice in this world. He was simply superb in what turns out to be a CARNIVAL OF SOULS-like episode where Red must face ghosts from his past. We still don't know if Liz is dead, but by Red's expressions and dialogue throughout the episode, it seems like Liz is dead or at least in a coma (NOTE: Episode 20, "The Artax Network (No. 41)", sure made it look like Liz was dead, as we see her funeral being held [lots of people crying] and Red informs Liz's grandfather, played by guest star Brian Dennehy, that she is dead). What an excellent hour of TV! This was unlike any other episode of the series and exposes Red like we never saw him before. The closing three episodes of the series open up a backdoor pilot for Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), who was about to marry the pregnant Liz (the baby girl survived a premature birth), to be a part of his own series, with Famke Janssen portraying his mother. The season finale answered a lot of questions and a surprise (if you are a dimwit), but leaves us asking a lot of questions until Season 4 starts in the Fall of 2016. The backdoor pilot has been picked up for the 2016-2017 TV Season and will be called THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION. NOTE: July 15, 2016: Mr. Spader was overlooked completely (as was the series) when the 2016 Emmy Award® nominations were announced.

*APRIL 20, 2016: I have the perfect way to make sure that ratings for TV  shows are more accurate. Instead of relying on the old Nielsen System where only a few thousand people fill out forms and mail or email them to Nielsen, how about putting a chip in all new TVs and DVRs that show what is being watched on it and sends the information immediately to Nielsen or some other ratings company. Older TVs could have a box supplied to them at no cost (that is the least advertisers can do). Of course you could opt out with a simple click (just in case you are watching porn) but this would give Nielsen a much more exact ratings system of any TV series shown. This way series like THE PLAYER (2015) may not have been canceled after only 9 episodes (it seems like an awful large amount of people were watching the show). Advertisers would be happy because they could set rates for every show and people would be happy because a show they love lasts longer than a few episodes or doesn't even last a full season. We have the technology to do this (nearly every household has wireless internet), so why not improve a ratings system that is over 50 years old? Yes, they now have Plus Three and Plus Five to take into account DVR, On Demand and streaming watching of shows, but the technology can be used there also and we wouldn't have to wait three to five days. It would be instantaneous. Why has no one thought of this? There is no privacy issue, because you could turn the system off, but it would be foolish to do so if it is a series you love. I wonder how many series "on the bubble" have been canceled because of improperly reported ratings? And why do a few thousand people decide what 250 million people watch?

*APRIL 14, 2016: You know what I really hate? People who make custom DVD and Blu-Ray covers and then use the credits from another film on the back of the sleeve. If you can make beautiful fake disc sleeves, at least take the time to put the film's actual credits on the back. I have seen this pop up more and more and it infuriates me. It's like DaVinci painting the Mona Lisa and then putting those fake googly plastic eyes on it (the kind in which the pupils are small balls that move around) rather than that uncommon one-of-a-kind look in her eyes. If you are an artist or PhotoShop genius and can make sleeves that would even fool experts, take the time to do 100% of the job. Otherwise, you look lazy. It is almost as bad as people who watermark legitimate DVD and Blu-Ray sleeves. They don't own the images. They just bought the disc. I never watermark my scans and everyone is welcome to take them from my site (No hotlinking please, because you will be disappointed that you can't. Just copy them and use them as you please. Or buy my Binder Scan and Complete Scan collections for over 2800 pages of ad mats and TV Guide ads from 1970 to 1994 and over 84,000 front and back cover scans of VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray and other formats up till today on seven DVD-Rs. The Binder Scan collection is broken down by year and the Complete Scan collection is in alphabetical order, so you can find everything fast. I also offer it on a 64 GB USB thumb drive, but that is more expensive, although there will be no changing of DVD-Rs. Most modern DVD & Blu-Ray players are capable of accepting USB drives. And we know all computers do.). There's one site that puts a chain link fence around the entire image! A fucking chain link fence! That's stupidity taken to the tenth power.

*APRIL 12, 2016: Would you pay $50.00 to see a major motion picture in the comfort of your own home rather than going to a theater? Sean Parker, the first President of Facebook and of Napster fame (Remember all the problems that illegal music downloading software caused?), along with Prem Akkaraju, has created "Screening Room", which would allow people to do just that. Some Hollywood bigwigs are for and against the idea (J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Peter Jackson are for it; Todd Phillips is against it, saying the hardware will "turn movies into TV"), but most theater owners are rightfully against it, even though they, along with the studios, will get a cut of the take (Parker just donated $250 million for Cancer Immunotherapy to six cancer institutions nationwide, about 12% of his net worth). Listen, I'm all for technological advances, and if you are willing to pay $50.00 to watch a new film at home, I say why not? But my guess is that most people will still go to the theater. TV sets have not yet been able to match the sheer size of movie screens and a lot of these new films demand to be seen on the big screen. I think this service will appeal to those who have had bad experiences in theaters, like phone calls and texting, not to mention people talking during a film. But $50.00 is a steep price to pay to avoid all that. At least I think so, but I'm glad Sean Parker is back in the news with legal software. The final outcome has yet to be determined, but talks are going on. And you will also have to pay for the Screening Room hardware. There may even be a yearly or monthly charge to have it at home, like Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu. The only real good thing is that you can invite a lot of people to your house or apartment and split the cost of watching a new movie. It may be a lot cheaper than a theater ticket, but you are still watching it on TV, no matter how big the TV screen is.

*MARCH 10, 2016: It figures. The only reality series I like, PAWN STARS, had one of its major employees, ChumLee (real name: Austin Russell) arrested yesterday on drug, gun and sexual assault charges. I doubt the series will return to The ChumLeeHistory Channel in new episodes or repeats unless he is found not guilty of the charges (which I doubt he will). Sure as hell he won't be an employee at Rick and the Old Man's Las Vegas pawn shop any time in the near future (or at all). This is what reality TV does to people. They either think they can do things that us normal humans can't or commit suicide when their 15 minutes of fame is over. ChumLee has proven on the show that he was a pretty good marksman, but doing drugs (except for weed; he always seemed stoned) and sexually attacking women was really a surprise. It just goes to show that editing is the major tool for these reality shows to hide people's darker sides (or to bring them out, whether true or not). Sorry to say that I will never look at ChumLee the same again. Marijuana is a nothing crime to me, but he was also found with a big amount of methamphetamines (which would explain his massive weight loss recently). That is very serious. He hasn't been charged with sexual assault (yet), but if he is, his TV career is over. People are willing to forgive drug offences, but sexually attacking a woman usually never gets a pass (unless you're Mike Tyson). Time for all this reality crap to end. It's "scripted reality" anyway. None of it is real. If you think it is, you're an idiot. (In related news: Rod Durham, a high school teacher who appeared on ABC’s EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS, has died. He was 52. Local paper the Tallahassee Democrat reported Durham was found during the weekend at a motel in Fort Lauderdale, where he was visiting during spring break. Friends told the paper he died of diabetic shock. Durham lost more than 180 pounds during Season 4 of the ABC reality series. Add up all the suicides and deaths attributed to reality series and it looks like an epidemic but, hey, they are cheap to produce, so what is a human life being lost here and there?) ChumLee should just face the cameras and tell the real truth. People are more forgiving when you admit you are just human. UPDATE: Right now, Rick Harrison, the owner of the pawn shop, is backing and standing behind ChumLee, but if The History Channel puts pressure on him, he will have no choice but to either give up his show (so far, THC is still airing the show.) or give up supporting ChumLee. I hate nice guys being put in Catch-22 situations like that and I am sure ChumLee feels the same way. People are making it a big deal that a stripper pole was found in one of his rooms, but that is none of our business. What he does in the privacy of his own home (as long as it is legal) is none of our business. I hate organizations that think "celebrities" (even a minor one like ChumLee) lives are open books (I'm looking at you, the scumbags at TMZ). They deserve the same privacy as you and me. And besides, it is Las Vegas. You don't want me to repeat the city's motto, do you? Personally, I hope ChumLee bounces back. Everyone deserves a second chance. UPDATE #2: Police also found twelve guns (eight which were unregistered) and lots of pot locked in a vault, Xanax, a scale, drug paraphenalia (including a rolled up $1 bill with white residue on it.), lots of small plastic bags used for distribution and think he may also be a drug dealer. The woman that charged him with sexual assault works at the same pawn shop ChumLee does (or did). He has not been arrested on that charge (yet) but the 33-year-old (who confessed to the police that he smokes a lot of weed) was booked on 19 drug-possession charges and one weapon charge. ChumLee posted $62,000 bail and was released from jail pending a May 23, 2016 court date. Not looking too good for him but, luckily, the series wasn't filming at the time. UPDATE #3: May 23, 2016: Austin Russell has plead guilty in Las Vegas to attempted possession of a controlled substance. He was given three years’ probation on the misdemeanor charge but will avoid jail time. He also was facing a felony count of ownership or possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, but that charge will be stayed under the deal. Russell agreed to attend counseling and forfeit property seized by Vegas police in a March raid on his home. The gun charge will be dismissed if he completes the terms of his probation. He will continue to appear on PAWN STARS.

*FEBRUARY 28, 2016: Congratulations to musician/composer Ennio Morricone for winning his first Academy Award® for the Quentin Tatantino Western film I will not mention (My preference because of his views on police officers). He did win an honorary Oscar® for his body of work a few years ago, but I find it unbelievable that this is his first time receiving the award for an actual movie soundtrack. How many films were improved by Morricone's music? My favorite soundtrack of all time is his for A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (a.k.a. DUCK, YOU SUCKER - 1971) and for the Academy to finally recognize him for a lackluster film only proves that his music does for a film what wind does for a kite. It makes it soar. A tip of my hat to you, Ennio! I did not watch the awards show, but from what I hear, the word "divertsity" was tossed around about a hundred times. It has already become tiresome. I also hear that they left Geoffrey Lewis, Abe Vigoda and Tony Burton off the "In Memoriam" segment. Screw the Academy. They got mentioned here, here and here. Actually, the Academy's segment left over 50% of the names on my 2015 and 2016 Obituary list off their slide show.

*February 27, 2016: It took me a week to write this because it was one of the most emotional times of my life, but my friend of 17 years, Gator, passed away at the age of 17. Yes, Gator was my cat, but it was more like I was his servant and I loved every minute of it. He was not only a friend, confidant, playful attacker (When I would walk through the door, I would find him suddenly attached to my leg, hanging from my pants, but he never once scratched my skin. I did go through a lot of pants though.), sleep partner, neck warmer and, most of all, someone who was able to give me unconditional love in times when I needed it the most. He seemed to understand me unlike any human being ever could. He was my son and one of the most important family members that I have ever had (My mother & father not included). When he was younger, one of his favorite things to do was go for a back ride. I would crouch over and, the next thing you know, Gator was on my back and I would run around the apartment with his two front legs on either side of my neck, like he was going on a rollercoaster ride. One day last week, as we were taking our normal one hour afternoon nap, I woke up but Gator didn't. I  cannot express in mere words how I felt at that moment, but looking back, at least he died in his sleep and did so while lying on my stomach. He will always be a part of me and I shall never forget him. People have been telling me that 17 was pretty old for a cat, but that's not the point. I nearly lost him in 2010 when his back legs started to fail him. But my cat doctor, Dr. Niedermeier (the best damn cat doctor in the world), diagnosed him as a diabetic and I would have to give him daily insulin shots and special food. Every morning Gator would lie down while I gave him his shot at the fleshy part of his upper back. Not once in six years did he ever scratch me. And within three weeks after being diagnosed, he was back to his normal, playful self. When you have someone that close to you, age doesn't make a difference. It is one of God's cruel gifts that cats (and most other animals) don't live the lifespan of a human. Gator leaves behind a younger sister, Allie, who also misses him very much and the next day, she came to lay on my stomach to take Gator's place when I tried to take a nap. What she did made me cry like a baby and I'm not ashamed to say that I spent a good portion of last week waiting for Gator to attack me as I walked through the door or fart next to my face when we were sleeping at night (I think it was his favorite thing to do). Gator, wherever you are, remember that Daddy loves you and thinks about you every day. You were the best friend a lucky person could ever have. I'm not a lucky person, but I hit the jackpot when I brought you home from the shelter. Sleep tight, son. Sleep tight. And remember people: Adopt from a no-kill shelter. Giving love to any kind of furry friend will bring you years of joy and satisfaction. Animal lovers will understand what I am talking about and not think of me as a pansie for crying over a cat. For those of you who do think that: Shame on you.

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*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. NOTE #2: Season 2 will premiere on July 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM. as a double episode followed by a post-episode talk program ala THE WALKING DEAD, something which is good for newbies who need explanations for everything, but I will not be watching it. In my opinion, it dumbs-down the experience of watching the show. The series was also expanded by three episodes for the second season. NOTE #3: Slater was overlooked for a 2016 Emmy Award® nomination when they were announced on July 15, 2016, but star Rami Malek [Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series] and the show itself [Outstanding Drama Series] were not. The series also received a Writing nomination for the pilot episode, but to overlook Slater's work in the series is a serious sin. Although there were some surprising choices in the nominations [Louie Anderson as Zach Galifianakis' mother in the little-seen comedy BASKETS {He won!!!}; after four seasons, THE AMERICANS finally gets nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, after the creators announced the series will continue for just two more seasons], the 2016 Emmy Awards® will be basically the GAME OF THRONES/AMERICAN CRIME STORY Show [23 nominations for the former, 22 nominations for the latter].) NOTE #4: Did anyone but me notice in the third episode of the Second Season of MR. ROBOT that a minimalist instrumental version of Green Day's "Basket Case" was playing just before Elloit and his alter ego were playing chess to see who would be the dominant one? A nice little Easter Egg for those who can appreciate it.

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

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

OTHER NEWS: 

To see a comprehensive up-to-date 2015 Obituary List, Click HERE.
To see a comprehensive up-to-date 2016 Obituary List, Click HERE.

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
R.I.P. VANITY  01/04/1959 - 02/15/2016
R.I.P. HARPER LEE  04/28/1926 - 02/19/2016
R.I.P. TONY BURTON  03/23/1937 - 02/25/2016
R.I.P. GEORGE KENNEDY  02/18/1925 - 02/28/2016
R.I.P. KEITH EMERSON  11/22/1944 - 03/10/2016
R.I.P. LARRY DRAKE  02/21/1950 - 03/17/2016
R.I.P. JOE SANTOS  06/09/1931 - 03/18/2016
R.I.P PETER BROWN  11/05/1935 - 03/21/2016
R.I.P. KEN HOWARD 03/28/1944 - 03/23/2016
R.I.P PATTY DUKE  12/14/1946 - 03/29/2016
R.I.P DORIS ROBERTS  11/04/1925 - 04/17/2016
R.I.P. PRINCE  06/07/1958 - 04/21/2016
R.I.P. WAYNE CRAWFORD  ??/??/1947 - 04/30/2016
R.I.P. WILLIAM SCHALLERT  07/06/1922 - 05/08/2016
R.I.P BURT KWOUK  07/18/1930 - 05/24/2016
R.I.P. MUHAMMAD ALI  01/17/1942 - 06/03/2016
R.I.P. ANTON YELCHIN  03/11/1989 - 06/19/2016
R.I.P. BUD SPENCER  11/31/1929 - 06/27/2016
R.I.P MICHAEL CIMINO  02/03/1939 - 07/02/2016
R.I.P. NOEL NEILL  11/25/1920 - 07/03/2016
R.I.P GARRY MARSHALL  11/13/1934 - 07/19/2016
R.I.P. DAVID HUDDLESTON  09/17/1930 - 08/02/2016
R.I.P. ARTHUR HILLER  11/22/1923 - 08/17/2016
R.I.P. STEVEN HILL  02/24/1922 - 08/23/2016
R.I.P. MARVIN KAPLAN  01/24/1927 - 08/25/2016
R.I.P. GENE WILDER  06/11/1933 - 08/29/2016
R.I.P. JON POLITO  12/29/1950 - 09/01/2016
R.I.P. HUGH O'BRIAN  04/19/1925 - 09/05/2016
R.I.P. JAMES STACY  12/23/1936 - 09/15/2016

August 14, 2016: I have always been a fan of author Lois Lowry's THE GIVER which was made 20 years after it was written into a 2014 film directed by Phillip Noyce. Its message is probably more relevant today as it was when she wrote it (I am not going to explain it. It is best to watch the film or read the book.). What may surprise people more is that star Jeff Bridges (who stars as "The Giver") has been trying to get this film professionally made right after he read it 20 years ago, with his father, the late Lloyd Bridges, playing the Giver. In a surprise revelation by Jeff Bridges: "I originally wanted to direct my father in it, as a matter of fact, somewhere in some garage, there is a version of this movie with my father (Lloyd Bridges) playing The Giver, Bud Cort narrates the whole thing, Beau's kids, one is shooting it, one is playing Jonas. We did the whole book, so that's around somewhere." We get a peek of Lloyd Bridges doing some line readings for the film on the combination DVD/Blu-Ray, but wouldn't it be great if Jeff Bridges could find the first film and release it as a double feature with the new version? I know that Lois Lowry would approve because she and Jeff became good friends and I would be pleased as punch to see it, whether it is good or not. Let's just hope it is not a lost film. And just a word about color desaturization in a lot of modern films. In the 2014 film, the lack of full color serves a purpose, as you will see in the film's final minutes (check out the film's posters for an important clue). While a lot of films do it mostly for "atmosphere", this film actually has a purpose for using it. I really disliked the 2014 film the first time I saw it because it deviates too much from the book (maybe it is best not to read the book before viewing the film), but the more and more I watch it, I realize that the message is the same and it works as a movie on its own. If you have not seen the film, I advise doing so. Jeff Bridges gives the performance of his life (you can tell this film means a lot to him), Meryl Streep has never been nastier (and looks a lot different than what she looks like in the posters, mainly because she was working on two films at the same time), and the young cast (including Taylor Swift!) also do a terrific job. This is not a YA (Young Adult) Film, but a film about being human and what it means to be one.

JULY 12, 2016: Production will begin on SAW 8 (not the final title, but it will be shot under the title SAW: LEGACY; to be directed by Australian twin brothers Michael and Peter Spierig; UNDEAD - 2003; DAYBREAKERS - 2009; PREDESTINATION - 2014) sometime in September or October of 2016 for a Halloween 2017 release (Opening October 27, 2017). Whether that news is good or bad depends on what you think about the films. In my opinion, I think the SAW Franchise was one of the best franchises of the new Millennium, misunderstood by most critics and, eventually audiences, who preferred the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise for Halloween theatrical consumption (They grew tired of those cheap found footage films, too.). Besides one very bad film (SAW IV - 2009) the rest of the series were well-written and taught horror thrillers with a lot of surprises. And they play as one continuous story, too. Sure, they all may be considered partially torture porn, but the films had complex stories and some very inventive deaths, which were the decisions of those being killed. Everyone who died in these film were given at least two choices and some even survived. I am looking forward to another film and maybe even more if it becomes a boxoffice hit.

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. UPDATE #5: July 25, 2016: Ms. Harper is still alive and well, appearing as a guest on multiple TV Series. I am a firm believer of mind over matter and, apparently, so is Valerie Harper. - 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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