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FEO NEWS FOR FALL 2017:
- OCTOBER -
The detritus of old Horror/Thriller history can be found here.

These are archived news items, many of them outside of this website, so overtime the links may not work.

OCT 6
 
ITCINEMA OBSCURA: TOURIST TRAP
By E.C.McMullen Jr.
There was a brief period in Charles Band's career when he cared about taking chances, pushing the envelope, and he went whole hog with it.

For all the good it did him.

Eventually, and entirely in the home video market, his movies from DOLLS to RE-ANIMATOR to FROM BEYOND, Band's association with Stuart Gordon became a money machine.

Before we lived in the Internet era of Word of Text, there was Word of Mouth, and video rental chain stores were stocking the shelves with all manner of movies that could have disappeared forever before home video.

In this momentary period, great directors like John Carpenter had a chance for second life with his movies that bombed at the box office to come back strong as now critically and audience desired classics from THE THING to BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.

In his own way, Charles Band was part of this, but the only way to show that he wasn't simply a purse for Stuart Gordon was for Charlie to go it alone. He did that with the incredibly creepy and chilling, TOURIST TRAP.

Read my /TOURIST TRAP review.

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OCT 5

 
ITCINEMA OBSCURA: URBAN WOLF
By E.C.McMullen Jr.
So let me set the table for you.

I hit the San Diego Comic-Con in 2009.

Every ComicCon has its one dark horse, some indie, just below the radar, that makes a splash.

Usually it is a comic title, but that year I put my money on a new webseries called URBAN WOLF.

A Science Fiction Mystery Thriller written, directed, and produced by Laurent Touil Tartour (SAN-ANTONIO), URBAN WOLF was shot entirely in Paris, France. It will be presented in 15 webisodes so bookmark URBAN WOLF.

I saw it and was wowed. Everyone I showed it to was also wowed. This could be a hit.

At least, that's what I thought in 2009. So why did it become obscure?

It was way ahead of its time when the technology didn't know what to do with it.

We're talking VOD, here. It's now 2017 and the purveyors of VOD still don't know what to do with it except make money while cutting the creators out of the loop. VOD remains a parasite platform, but I'm here to talk about the Suspense Thriller webseries, URBAN WOLF.

Read /URBAN WOLF review.

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OCT 4

 
ITCINEMA OBSCURA: TRANSFER
By E.C.McMullen Jr.
7 years before GET OUT became a sweeping smash hit in North America, I saw the German movie, TRANSFER at the 2010 Shriekfest in Los Angeles.

It was remarkably close to GET OUT in every way, except it was more Science Fiction-y, more believable, more chiiling, and more Horrific.

Just as GET OUT swept through box office receipts, TRANSFER swept up awards at film festivals, garnered high praised from critics, and fell into a vacuum of incompetent North American distribution thanks to Mongrel Media - a company with a seemingly vast slate of movies featuring big stars, that never go anywhere.

GET OUT was fortuante to have Blumhouse Productions guide it through its distribution channels and challenges.

TRANSFER was unfortunate to have Mongrel Media.

Their size of their mismanaged mausoleum of titles is downright scary in its obscurity. Mongrel Media is clearly a company where good movies go to be buried.

So it is that a great movie like TRANSFER defines Cinema Obscura the way few movies do.

Read /TRANSFER review.

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OCT 3

 
ITCINEMA OBSCURA: UNDEAD
By E.C.McMullen Jr.
Another day another Lionsgate stumble. There are times I wonder how they stay afloat when even their last leg on the stool, Tyler Perry, is attempting to spread the diminishing returns of his Madea character to cover their Horror movie reputation as well (it's failing horrifically).

But that's what's happening and Lionsgate has no one but themselves to blame. Yesterday I told you about the critically acclaimed DANCE OF THE DEAD, that Lionsgate grabbed then fumbled? Today I'm talking the Australian, UNDEAD.

Australian Horror movies are known for their balls to the wall gore and action (MAD MAX everyone? How about WOLF CREEK?) and UNDEAD is right up there with the best of them.

But why is that?

Read my /UNDEAD review.

Want more Spierig Bros.?

Check out my review of DAYBREAKERS.

Want still more Spierig Bros.? Well Michael Spierig directed JIGSAW, which is coming up this month!

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OCT 2

 
ITCINEMA OBSCURA: DANCE OF THE DEAD
By E.C.McMullen Jr.
This fun flick is available in Blu-Ray and Steelbook throughout the rest of the world, which shows how well distributors like Paramount and Sony can handle your foreign distribution, while Ghosthouse Underground and Lionsgate incompetently choke your movie to death in the home market.

Lionsgate in particular has made its name and livelihood on Horror movies, so since DANCE OF THE DEAD has demonstrably proven itself in every market where it didn't get short shrift, what gives?

That's a mystery I have no access to. I can only look at the money squandering real-world result of such short-sighted business acumen.

That is why, in the U.S., DANCE OF THE DEAD falls under my Cinema Obscura. You can find it on DVD at least, but don't expect a lot of extras.

Instead, let me tell you why it's worth your while,

Go to /DANCE OF THE DEAD review.

Have you already seen it?

Well have you read my interview with Director and Producer, Gregg Bishop?

No? Well don't wait another minute! Check out /UnderTheMicroscope: Gregg Bishop.

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OCT 1

 
ITMY FIRST MONSTER
By E.C.McMullen Jr.
Being as today is October 1st, I feel an introduction is in order.

You may not remember it, maybe you buried it, but everyone has their first fear: their first monster. This is mine.

FIRST MONSTER
Deep in the night while everyone slept, five year old Ankar sat on the foot of his bed.

His feet dangled over the floor as his hands firmly gripped the edge, ready to launch himself off … if need be.

Meanwhile, with his head tilted slightly to the left, so his ear was pointed to the source, Ankar gave his closet door a wary side-eye stare.

Something moved in there, the soft noise woke him up. Now there was silence but Ankar was certain that, whatever it was, was biding its time.

It waited for Ankar to let down his guard.

Continued at First Monster.

AND

Why not experience what I did, so very long ago?

Bram Stoker and F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU.


The original 1922 film, from the original uncredited work by Bram Stoker. Starring Max Shrek as the Vampire. Also stars Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder, Georg H. Schnell, Ruth Landshoff, Gustav Botz, Alexander Granach, John Gottowt, and Max Nemetz. Written by Henrik Galeen. Directed by F.W. Murnau

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