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RIP: Keith Emerson

RIP: Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson – the keyboard genius and composer – has died. According to Rolling Stone, the 71-year-old musician was found at his home in Santa Monica, with a single gunshot wound in his head – an apparent suicide (though that has not been confirmed yet). Emerson was known mostly for his virtuoso keyboard work in [...]

SDAFF 2015: THE RETURN OF FANT-ASIA, ZOMBIES AND MORE

SDAFF 2015: THE RETURN OF FANT-ASIA, ZOMBIES AND MORE

We’ve just finished Halloween, gained an extra hour on the proverbial space time continuum and El Nino is going to hit Southern California with inclemency worse than Sharknado 4. What more could possibly make So-Cal the place to be? As nature warns Pacific Coast residents to buy flood insurance, San Diego announces the arrival anon [...]

PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

PETER CUSHING: A Tribute to Christopher Lee

The ninth issue of Cinefantastique featured a career article devoted to Christopher Lee, way back in the fall of 1973. Peter Cushing wrote this heartfelt introduction for his good friend, although they were only to make three more films together. Luckily Ted Newsome brought them together one last time for his documentary on Hammer films, [...]

RIP: Godzilla FX director Koichi Kawakita

RIP: Godzilla FX director Koichi Kawakita

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Koichi Kawakita, the special effects director who updated Godzilla for the ’90s, helping to spur interest in an American remake, has passed away. Kawakita died on his 72 birthday anniversary, December 5, 2014; the cause of death was liver failure. You can read an obituary by August Ragone here.
Kawakita took over the special effects for [...]

Adam Green's Digging Up the Marrow Acquired by Image

Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow Acquired by Image

Turns out director Adam Green wasn’t finished ripping up the horror genre with his HATCHET franchise. Image Entertainment has just announced its acquisition of DIGGING UP THE MARROW, Green’s unusual mockumentary that’s the result of a four-year collaboration with artist Alex Pardee. Starring Green and featuring guest appearances by the likes of Kane Hodder, Tom [...]

Dead Snow 2 premieres in L.A.

Dead Snow 2 premieres in L.A.

As part of the SpectreFest film festival at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, the Cinefamily and SpectraVision present the Los Angeles premiere of DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD on the second half of a double bill with the original DEAD SNOW – the amusing horror-comedy about Nazi Zombies. Director Tommy Wirkola returns [...]

The Houses October Built Maps the Nation's Scariest Haunts

The Houses October Built Maps the Nation’s Scariest Haunts

The new found-footage horror film, THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT, follows a group a filmmakers as their quest for the scariest haunt in the U.S. goes very, very wrong. But why should they be the only ones having the fun? Just in time for your own Halloween sorties, the producers have kindly provided a map that [...]

Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

A sad installment of the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski note the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Maximillian Schell (THE BLACK HOLE), and Gordon Hessler (SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN). Also, Dan Persons weighs in on his first exposure to THE CURSE OF [...]

Here’s What’s Going On 07/25/2013: James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE

Here’s What’s Going On 07/25/2013: James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE

Logan does not find a safe haven in Japan… Roger Corman finds evil ghosts in China… Russian soldiers find creepy zombots in FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY…

From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of fantastic film & TV.

Here’s What’s Going On 07/25/2013: Public Outcry for DREDD 2?

Here’s What’s Going On 07/25/2013: Public Outcry for DREDD 2?

Karl Urban is counting on you, civilian!… Gale Anne Hurd preps a retro alien tale… Batman and the Flash compare notes on psychos in JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX…
From the luxurious Cinefantastique Online studios in NYC, Dan Persons brings you up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of fantastic film & TV.
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