Fright Rags Enters “The Twilight Zone”

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Fright-Rags enters The Twilight Zone with new shirts & box set

Pre-order now:  The Twilight Zone

Fright-Rags has traveled through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. Next stop: The Twilight Zone! Rod Serling’s classic anthology series remains one of the most influential television shows of all time.

Enter the Twilight Zone with shirts based on four of the show’s most memorable episodes: Time Enough at Last (designed by Justin Osbourn), To Serve Man (designed by Paul Shipper), The Invaders (designed by Abrar Ajmal) and Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (designed by Abrar Ajmal). The latter also comes in a colorized variant.

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If you can’t choose a favorite, Fright-Rags is offering box set whose boundaries are that of imagination. It contains all 4 designs, an exclusive Twilight Zone logo tee and a 4-inch, resin “Invader” figure (handmade by artist Dave Richardson). The set is limited to only 225 units, each one packaged in a collector’s box.

Cross over to Fright-Rags.com to pre-order these items. Due to their limited nature, the box set and shirts may sell out during the pre-order period. Orders will begin shipping in early June.

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The Twilight Zone joins a long line of beloved properties available from Fright-Rags, which also includes Tales from the Crypt, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Terminator, Chucky and many more.

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“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone.”

If they only would have included "The Howling Man!"

If they only would have included “The Howling Man!”

“Chewie. We’re Home”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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What’s it About?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983).

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Directed by J.J. Abrams

Written by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan

Star Wars The Force Awakens by Manuel Morgado

New Trailer Below!

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Jennifer Kent’s “The Babadook” Now Available on Netflix Streaming

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Director Jennifer Kent’s runaway Horror Indie, “The Babadook” is now available on Netflix for Instant Streaming / Viewing in High Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound.

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If you have a Netflix Streaming Account, you can take advantage of this moody, creepy and wonderfully crafted Australian thriller that has re-invigorated the Horror Genre. Paving the way for other strong efforts like the recent “It Follows,” to receive high praise and recognition.

Enjoy, gang! “The Babadook” comes HIGHLY recommended!

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The Babadook

Directed by Jennifer Kent

What’s it About?

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

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Enjoy the Trailer for “The Babadook” Below!

“Detour: Hollywood” from Author / Director William Dickerson Available April 14th, 2015

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“Detour: Hollywood” By William Dickerson

DETOUR: Hollywood – How To Direct a Micro-budget Film (or any film, for that matter)”

From Director William Dickerson

Director and Author William Dickerson

Director and Author William Dickerson

Detour: Hollywood” is a practical, and entertaining, “how-to” book that uses my film “Detour” as a model for independent filmmakers who want to make a microbudget movie inside, or outside, of Hollywood. I put the making of my indie on display for all to see. I guide aspiring directors through everything they need to know to make a microbudget movie, from the nuts and bolts of directing, to getting their movies made and out into the world, including:

• The Director as the Sole Defense for the Story
• Understanding the Two Main Ingredients of Filmmaking: Subtext and Point Of View
• Beating Out a Script
• The Template for Creating the Perfect Director’s Binder
• Action Verbs: How to Adjust Performance through Severity and Mildness
• Avoiding the Trap of “Style Over Substance”
• The Importance of Theme
• Detailed “Behind-The-Scenes” of the Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production and Distribution of “Detour”
• How the Distribution Model has Changed…for the Better

read my review of William Dickerson’s “Detour” HERE

Read my Review of William Dickerson’s “Don’t Look Back” HERE

Detour: Hollywood” is available at:

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/DETOUR-Hollywood-Direct-Microbudget-matter/dp/0985188634

You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook:

Twitter @WDFilmmaker
https://www.facebook.com/williamdickersonfilmmaker

Website:
www.williamdickersonfilmmaker.com

“DETOUR” TRAILER:

“DON’T LOOK BACK” TRAILER:

Netflix Streaming Alert / Latest Additions for Late March and April, 2015

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Hey Gang! Vic here with some new titles that are available to stream on Netflix.

Most titles are in High Definition which will require an HDTV and High Speed Internet.

You can also stream on Laptops, Apple TV, Western Digital Media Players, Roku boxes and of course, IOS and Android devices with the appropriate apps.

Hope you all find some titles you many want to check out. Enjoy the trailers!

-Vic

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Vic’s Spotlight of the Month:

Marvel’s “Daredevil”

Season One / 13 Episodes

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Crank

The Code

Starry Eyes

Unbreakable

The November Man

The Quiet Ones

The Big Lebowski

Preservation

The World Made Straight

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Atari: Game Over

The Punisher

Bloodline

Life Itself

Turn

Cujo

Godzilla

Mommie Dearest

Snake Eyes

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Underworld

American Psycho

Braveheart

Three Kings

Space Cowboys

Thanks for checking in, everyone. Hope you enjoyed the Trailers.

Happy Streaming!

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Brian’s Review – “Birdman” Or: “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” (2014)

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What’s it About?

A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”

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Directed by  Alejandro González Iñárritu (as Alejandro G. Iñárritu)

By Brian

6 out of 10

A film full of such flawed characters really should add up to more than “Birdman,” from Mexican director and writer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), provides. Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice), Edward Norton (American History X, Fight Club), and Emma Stone (Amazing Spider-man) deliver Grade A performances across the board and elevate, what I believe, is a mediocre script to solid respectability. That’s not to say that “Birdman” isn’t a great achievement.

It contains a technical prowess rarely seen, these days, on the big screen. The cinematography is simpky astounding. Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki (Sleepy Hollow, Gravity) deserved his Oscar. His camera knows no bounds. It swoops in and out of windows, through narrow and dank hallways, and adds a sense of color inside the darkness that permeates through the entire movie. It’s a gorgeous film to look at.

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So, why such a mediocre number for a film that I admire so deeply on a technical level? Well, other films that give the audience a visual experience do that without the interplay that Birdman wastes its time on. These are deeply flawed characters but I never found any of them all that interesting.

For a group of people, in this case actors, that the American public follows so closely, they have almost nothing to say. Norton’s character is one dimensional and self-serving, Keaton is confused about who he is, and Watson is consistently focused on nothing. In other words, it never hooked me into its world. That really is a shame too because the world is painted so beautifully.

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The buzz will undoubtedly lead many to see “Birdman” no matter what my review says. I certainly would never steer anyone away from seeing such a polished film but I have to caution anyone whose expectations have risen since Oscar night. You will probably feel a bit let down.

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Brian’s Review – “Halloween II” (1981)

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What’s it About?

While Sheriff Brackett and Dr. Loomis hunt for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to hospital, and the serial killer is not far behind her.

“Halloween II”

Directed by  Rick Rosenthal

Written by John CarpenterDebra Hill

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8 out of 10

By Brian

Director Rick Rosenthal lost the war before the battle even began. Critics and fans alike were incredibly pessimistic that a 2nd Halloween could ever come close to the level of suspense and terror that the first film successfully provided. Well, they were quite right, in my humble opinion. It’s not as good as Carpenter’s venerable and iconic “Halloween” but it’s pretty damn close. It’s a miracle this film is as good as it is, considering that director John Carpenter begrudgingly accepted to write and produce, with Debra Hill, but refused to direct the feature.

Carpenter even reached out to his friend Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, It, Fright Night II) to direct and he politely declined. So, here comes first time director Rick Rosenthal to pick up the pieces to not only make a decent film, but a solid horror sequel, and Rosenthal succeeds brilliantly. There are two distinctive components to “Halloween II,” that make it apparently successful: A good script and wonderful cinematography by Dean Cundey. Writers John Carpenter and Debra Hill decided to start the film directly at the end of the first and have it take place on exactly the same night, on Halloween, in Haddonfield.

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This was a brilliant and a decisively smart decision. That immediately linked it to the first “Halloween” and got the train moving without having to explain any back story. This is a classic case of “if you haven’t seen the first, don’t bother.” One of the criticisms leveled against “Halloween II,” over the years is how much bloodier and violent it is than the first. That is absolutely true and accurate. It is most certainly more violent but the blood is never over the top and the shots of gore never linger. Also, compared to your average “Saw” film, it’s incredibly tame. The main focus is on the suspense and it’s build up. With the shift in location changing from a normal suburban neighborhood to a small town hospital, where staff and patients are vulnerable, it still retains that creepy familiar feeling.

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The hallways appear eerie and desolate. The darkness, surrounding every little corner seems to be hiding something evil, and the hand held camerawork is fantastic. Also, without giving anything away, the ending to “Halloween II” is extremely satisfying. I have always thought of “Halloween” and “Halloween II,” to be one complete three hour film that should have ended right there, at the end of the second entry. It wraps up the Laurie Strode, Michael Myers, and Dr. Loomis stories as well and tight as you can. If you’re in for an enjoyable and classic horror marathon, watch them back to back with the lights off. It’s a scary good time. Highly Recommended!

Vic’s Notes –

Halloween II”

On the strength of a short film named “Toyer,” Carpenter and late Producer / Writer Debra Hill, decided on rookie Rick Rosenthal to helm the film.

Rosenthal has stated, in the past, that upping the blood and nudity was not his idea at all. It was due to Carpenter coming in, and making some changes, after a rough cut was too tame. Rosenthal feels that Carpenter (who had a strong post presence) damaged his cut, which he felt was fine the way it was paced.

The budget was 2.5 million on this movie. The first’s was only $320, 000.00. Yablans and Akkad both plunked down some serious coin for this entry.

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Composer Alan Howarth (Star Trek: The Motion Picture), returns to co-score the film with Carpenter. Howarth has worked on various Carpenter films like “Escape from New York,” “Christine,” and the horror movie, “Prince of Darkness.”

The Theatrical and TV cuts of “Halloween II” are almost the same length. In the TV cut, we find out the real fate of the EMT, Jimmy, who earlier in the film, slips on a pool of blood.

In “Halloween II,” young actor, Ty Mitchell, plays a young boy who bites into an apple and gets a razor blade stuck in his mouth. He is then rushed to the hospital where Myers chases down Laurie. Ty Mitchell also played, Andy, the son of Adrienne Barbeau in Carpenter’s Pirate Ghost Story, “The Fog” (1980)

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SNL alum, Dana Carvey makes a cameo as a cameraman.

Jaws” actor Jeffrey Kramer plays Graham the M.E. In “Jaws” he plays Hendricks, an Amity PD deputy.

John Carpenter and Debra Hill originally had planned to write the sequel with Myers tracking down Laurie Strode, a few years later, at a high rise apartment building.

Other horror films that year, including “Omen III: The Final Conflict” and “Friday the 13th” were bested by “Halloween II” at the box office.

In many circles, “Halloween II” is still considered a splatter film instead of a slasher. Also, many fans feel that the first 2 films, along with “Halloween: H20,” are the only true canon. Though, many adore the other sequels (Return and Revenge of Michael Myers) which also starred Donald Pleasence  along with a young Danielle Harris.

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Over the years, “Halloween II” has gained more respect among horror fans and critics. Some initial criticisms remain quite stinging, though. Many do recognize the strengths of this sequel. Some have been known to change or re-review the film with a more favorable (if not glowing) outlook.

Director Rick Rosenthal returned to helm “Halloween: Resurrection” which was met with a very chilly response and is not as admired or respected as his other film, “Halloween II.”

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