Watch David Lynch’s “The Hotel Room” Online

David Lynch's The Hotel Room

Now that the modern master of genre-infused oddities is essentially out of the filmmaking world, with the exception of his music video for this year’s “Came Back Haunted” from Nine Inch Nails and assorted short-form documentary pieces, fans of David Lynch have been left with revisiting his many cryptic works as they slowly but surely make their way to the digital age. As his work travels through streaming services and are receiving updated releases on Blu-ray, a new generation of fans are discovering his endearingly esoteric and fascinating work by the day. Yet, as any good cinephile can tell you, even a filmmaker with a profile as high as Lynch is bound to have some works lost through the cracks.

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Buffalo Dreams To Host Screening of Troma’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High

Return To Nuke Em High Premiere

Greg Lamberson’s Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival (formally Buffalo Screams) will host a sneak peek of Troma Entertainment’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Return is the fourth film in the Nuke ‘Em High film franchise, and is the first sequel directed by Lloyd Kaufman.

Kaufman will be in attendance for a Q&A following the event. The sneak peek screening will take place on Saturday, November 9th at 9:30 pm at Dispon’s Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo NY. Admission is only $8.00

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Full Moon Streaming.com Presents ‘Trancers: City Of Lost Angels’ and More

Full Moon Streaming.Com Presents Trancers: City of Lost Angels

Horror icon Charles Band has launched Full Moon Streaming.com just in time for Halloween. The new service allows Full Moon fans to stream movies from the Full Moon and Grindhouse catalogs for a small monthly fee. Not all the Full Moon titles are available just yet, but Band has promised to add a new movie every week. Full Moon Streaming.com members will also have access to contests, all the old and new Videozones, rare-behind the scenes footage, and premieres of Band’s newest films.

The service kicked off with the world premiere of Trancers: City of Lost Angels. The never before seen Trancers sequel is part of Band’s unreleased Pulse Pounders anthology from 1988. Band started releasing the individual segments to DVD, starting with The Evil Clergyman in 2012. City of Lost Angels will be available on DVD in November, and the sequel to Dungeonmaster will be released sometime next year.

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Another International Trailer For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

New International Trailer For Catching Fire

Of course I’ve read Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games trilogy. As a self-proclaimed pop culture journalist, I do my best to keep atop of whatever is the trendiest thing of the moment. Yet when The Hunger Games hit theaters, I couldn’t wrap my head around the excitement movie-goers seemed to be full of. The movie seemed nonsensical without the knowledge of what happened in the novel, and if you had read the novel, it seemed like a dumbed down, boring selection of scenes to adapt, done as cheaply as possible. I mean, I couldn’t even tell if anyone was hungry.

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KICKSTART THIS: He Took His Skin Off For Me

He Took His Skin Off For Me Kickstarter

He Took His Skin Off For Me is a short film which will be directed by Ben Aston. It seems to be exactly how it sounds: a story about a man who removes his skin for his girlfriend. The Kickstarter page explains to us that its a sort of a screwed up fairy/morality tale. “Think Margaret Atwood meets David Cronenberg,” the page tells us.

After drawing comparisons to David Cronenberg, who is one of my favorite contemporary directors, this project appeals to me quite a bit. Plus, the effects are all practical, under the supervision of Colin Arthur, who worked on the original Clash of the Titans, The Never Ending Story, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a world filled to the brink with CGI ‘magic,’ it is incredibly nice to hear that people still like good o’ fashion practical. It should look pretty great! Right now they have met the goal, but they need a bit more (2.5 thousand, at the time of this article’s writing) to get the extra day of filming they need.

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Movie Review: Red 2 (2013, Dir. Dean Parisot)

Red 2 (2013)

I must say that I was a fan of the first film, Red. I thought it was a clever and well done adaption. Also, I feel I must say that the trailers for Dean Parisot’s Red 2 made it look just as good. I never go into a film wanting to dislike it. Sometimes I suspect a film has a high probability of being bad, but I always want to like a film. In this case, I kind of assumed I was going to like. I did not.

The film follows Frank (Bruce Willis), a retired black-ops CIA agent, Marvin (John Malkovich), a friend who has a similar background, Victoria (Helen Mirren), an ex-member of MI6, and Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank’s girlfriend, as they all go out trying to find a missing, untraceable nuclear device. They are doing this because Frank believes no one should have such power, and so he becomes #1 on the CIA watch list. The ‘greatest hit-man in the world,’ Han Cho Bai (Byung-hun Lee, who was the main character in the under-seen I Saw the Devil) is also chasing them.

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Movie Review: Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013, Dir. Wayne Kramer)

Pawn Shop Chronicles 2013 Dir. Wayne Kramer

As a resident of the surrounding area of NYC with a strange unstructured existence, I often find myself wandering through the city with hours to kill. I am blessed in that the compact and crowded island of Manhattan is a movie buff’s dream, filled with cinemas showing one of the best selections in the country. Textured underground indie theaters and massive vertical multiplexes are blocks from each other. The combination of all that is me frequently picking films based only on their titles and their starting times, then stumbling blindly into theaters with little idea of what to expect. It’s an activity I encourage you to try as well.

When I purchased a ticket for the virtually un-marketed and limitedly released Pawn Shop Chronicles, I had no clue what was about to happen. Oh boy. Talk about an excellent surprise of absurdism and depravity.

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Movie Review: The Way, Way Back (2013, Dir. Nat Faxon & Jim Rash)

The Way Way Back

In a summer filled with giant robots versus giant aliens, eccentric billionaires that fight crime, and monsters going to college, who would have thought the best summer film would have been an indie coming-of-age story about a kid going to work at a water park? Answer: not a lot. However, this critic (me, Greg!) believes that The Way, Way Back blows every other ‘summer movie’ out of the park, quality-wise, and in terms of sheer entertainment.

From IMDB: “14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell), and his daughter (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell in a role that should score him an Oscar nod), manager of the Water Wizz water park.” Well, that sums it up pretty well. Could not have phrased it better myself. Good work, IMDB! Making reviewing films easier since 1903.

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Movie Review: The Evil Dead (2013, Dir. Fede Alvarez)

Evil Dead 2013

I was first exposed to Sam Rami’s The Evil Dead (1981) through issue 23 of Fangoria. I remember it well. My mother, brother, and I were in a downtown bookstore and I was in the magazine section. A friend of mine had whipped out the latest issue on the bus some time earlier on a field trip to the local state park, to show me what the demon from The Incubus (1981) and the possessed from the Evil Dead looked like.

I was transfixed by the design of the Incubus but extremely repulsed by the photos of the then-to-be-coined “deadites.” I wanted that issue, but for The Incubus only. I secured it at the bookstore, along with a horror novel by Robert Craig called “Creepers”. On the trip back home I hunkered down in the backseat and was about to crack open the magazine when the car suddenly lurched and I was thrown into a corner of the backseat. When I looked up we were stalled in the middle of this intersection, the window I had been next was shattered and we were aiming in the opposite direction.

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Curse Of Chucky Is Bringing The World’s Favorite Killer Doll Back To Life

Curse Of Chucky Included In Upcoming Child's Play Box Set

In my opinion, the Child’s Play franchise should have ended with Seed of Chucky. It was the ultimate ending to a solid horror franchise, but Universal has decided to give the little guy another chance on the direct-to-DVD market. Unfortunately the humorous nature of the fifth film turned off a lot of fans, forcing Don Mancini to scrap the wink at the camera formula in favor of a more serious film.

Mancini is bringing Child’s Play back to its roots with the upcoming Curse of Chucky. Not only did Mancini get rid of any humor, he has also restored Chucky’s classic look. Chucky’s patchwork face has been replaced by his original Good Guy Doll image from the first film. This is also Chucky’s first direct-to-DVD sequel, and I’m glad Universal has decided to forgo movie theaters. It puts less pressure on the film to perform, and it could possibly open the door for more sequels in the future.

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