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Attack of the Crab Monsters - Bad Movie Podcast

Attack of the Crab Monsters – Bad Movie Podcast

I for one welcome our crustacean overlords.
Even if you’ve never seen ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS, you probably still know it by heart. It is the perfect model of the drive-in B-movie, a sublime mix of papier-mache creatures, suggestive sexuality, and dodgy science, with just a bit of cold-war philosophy thrown in for tang. This [...]

The Masque of the Red Death: Spotlight Podcast 5:9

The Masque of the Red Death: Spotlight Podcast 5:9

Nope, no big openings this weekend, and everybody is too busy talking Oscars right now (we’ll get to that later in the week). So while waiting for the awards ceremony to begin, the Cinefantastique Online team of the Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and Dan Persons got together to celebrate another film having its fiftieth anniversary [...]

Halloween Showcase 2013: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:41

Halloween Showcase 2013: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:41

You’d think the weekend before Halloween that the studios would be falling all over themselves to get something suitably bone-chilling into theaters. Nope, turns out the lackluster CARRIE — the film that is to horror what a pouch of baby carrots is to a trick-or-treat bag — represents the full extent of what Hollywood wants [...]

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.

CFQ Podcast 4-14.2: Jurassic Park, 6 Souls & The Brass Teapot

CFQ Podcast 4-14.2: Jurassic Park, 6 Souls & The Brass Teapot

Do you ever feel your Sense of Wonder being overwhelmed? We certainly did this past weekend (in terms of quantity if not quality) with no less than six horror, fantasy, and/or science fiction films opening in U.S. theatres – some nationwide, some in limited engagements. EVIL DEAD, THALE, and EDDIE: THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL were covered [...]

Frank Oz: The CFQ Interview

Frank Oz: The CFQ Interview

It’s amazing some researchers haven’t figured out a way of determining personalities based on what aspect of Frank Oz’s career one is impressed with. Of course there’s Yoda — Frank voiced the beloved, and powerful, Jedi master, operated the puppet for most of the STAR WARS films, and for many helped form the heart and [...]

STARCRASH: Bad Film Podcast

STARCRASH: Bad Film Podcast

Italy has brought us so many wonderful things: Fellini; lasagna; Silvio Berlusconi (that last is debatable). But among the many marvels borne of those shores, truly the most wondrous has to be the knock-off film, a genre that took groundbreaking, innovative American titles and replicated them with [...]

Tales of Terror (1962) trailer

This trailer from TALES OF TERROR provides an interesting glimpse into how movies were sold to audiences back in 1962. Curiously, the omnibus film’s three episodes are presented in reverse order from their actual appearance in the film. Also noteworthy: the tongue-in-cheek middle episode is acknowledged as being “sardonically humorous” – a tactic that distributor American International Pictures would avoid when releasing the comical THE RAVEN a year later, presenting it as a straight horror thriller.

Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective

Tales of Terror (1962): a 50th Anniversary Pictorial Retrospective

As part of Cinefantastique’s 50th anniversary tribute to TALES OF TERROR (1962), we recently posted a podcast discussing producer-director Roger Corman’s three-part omnibus of horror inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe. As scintillating as the podcast conversation might be, it cannot capture the aesthetic achievements of the film, which features impressive production design [...]

Tales of Terror: A CFQ 50th Anniversary Spotlight Podcast - 3:10

Tales of Terror: A CFQ 50th Anniversary Spotlight Podcast – 3:10

With no new horror, fantasy, or science fiction films opening this weekend, Cinefantastique stalwarts Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski keep their Sense of Wonder alive by turning the clock back five decades for a retrospective celebration of TALES OF TERROR (1962), producer-director Roger Corman’s fourth film inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe. With [...]