RLJE Films has acquired North American rights to the action-horror feature VFW ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest (Sept. 19 to 26, 2019) in Austin. The movie is scheduled to be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD first quarter 2020.
Written by Max Brallier (“The Last Kids on Earth”) & Matthew McArdle and directed by
Joe Begos (Almost Human, Mind’s Eye), the film stars Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe), William Sadler (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Die Hard 2), Fred Williamson (Black Caesar, From Dusk Till Dawn), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, “Cobra Kai”), George Wendt (“Cheers”), David Patrick Kelly (“Twin Peaks”), Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”), Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Travis Hammer (“Godless”), and Dora Madison (“Friday Night Lights”).
“We are so excited to work with the legendary Stephen Lang,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. “With Joe Begos at the helm, we have no doubt that the movie will create waves at this year’s Fantastic Fest and set the momentum for the upcoming release.”
In VFW, a group of war veterans must defend their local VFW post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants.
The film was produced by Dallas Sonnier (Bone Tomahawk), Amanda Presmyk (Satanic Panic) and Josh Ethier (Bliss). Executive Producers are Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman, FANGORIA’s Danielle Cox and Phil Nobile Jr., Stephen Lang, Noah Lang, Bobby Campbell, Adam Donaghey, Jonathan Deckter and Marc Hofstatter.
Mark Ward and Jess DeLeo from RLJE Films and Sonnier from CINESTATE negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. VFW premieres at Fantastic Fest alongside a 35mm print of Begos’s third feature Bliss.
Remember the show Family Ties? Remember Skippy, the nerd who had a crush on Mallory? Well turns out Skippy got so tired of being rejected by her and decided to do what most 80's outcasts did. Start smoking dope and listening to Heavy Metal Music, the shittiest hair band metal music out there at the time. He idolizes a singer named Sammy Cur, who went to the same high school Eddie (That's Skippy's name in this film) does, and much like Eddie was an outcast. See no one likes Eddie. I don't blame them. He has shitty taste in music, and wears those stupid Ozzy, and Motley Crue concert shirts. Obviously Eddie is the only guy in this school who listens to this music. He get’s harassed by the cool kids, led by Doug Savant, of Melrose place, and Desperate Housewives fame. They don't beat him down or anything, they do those wacky 80's things. Like poke a hole in his milk so it dumps on his shirt. Take off his towel during gym and shove him in the girls room. And rub his hair until it stands up.
So as no one likes him, and believe me I hated him by this point, and the film is only about 8 minutes old now, he hangs out with Nuke, a local DJ played by Gene Simmons. Simmons knew Sammy Cur from high school so he tells Eddie story's him. Turns out Sammy was scheduled to play the high schools Halloween dance, but the school board won’t allow it, as he's a devil worshipping heavy metal singer. Here's a question. If this guy was picked on, in a school that obviously hates heavy metal music, in a town he couldn't wait to get out of, and he normally plays big stadiums why the hell would he go back to play at a high school dance? Were his last albums sales that bad, or does he have the world’s worst manager?
Anyway he was obviously so despondent about this he decided to kill himself in a hotel fire while chanting in a pentagram. Turns out he recorded this and included it on his final album and gave Gene Simmons the only copy, and Simmons, in return gives it to Eddie, as he's this guy's biggest fan.
So Eddie goes home and plays the record and stars dreaming about Sammy dying. Then he decides to play the record backwards. See back then people were convinced that singers were hiding devil worship prayers on the records and too hear them, you had to play the album backwards. I know so many idiots who did this. I was 12 years old at the time and new what the deal was. Studios wanted you to play your record backwards, screw it up, then have to buy a new one. Anyway he plays it backwards and Sammy tells him how to get even with the kids who are picking on him.
So he ends up listening to the record again (He made a tape of it) and rigs the school with spilled water, a few well-placed chairs, and a couple of closed doors. he then flips a tray at Doug Savant and his crew in the lunch room and take off running. They chase after him, and in a wacky 80's chase scene and fall every turn. They end up getting caught, and sent to detention.
The next day they find Eddie, and actually go to beat him up, when his Walkman starts playing, and the metal point blade in shop class comes to life, well actually it just turns on, and grabs Savant by his tie. Side note, I never knew why he wore a tie to school. Eddie turns it off before it kills Savant and the guys run off. Not sure why they didn't just beat him up then. So he goes home and talks to his record player again. And it tells him to make another tape. he does and slips in in Savants locker.
Later that night Savant's girlfriend puts the tape in her Walkman, and it causes her ears to melt. I doubt the tape was possessed, the music is just so bad, it would cause anyone ears to melt. So Savant yells at Eddie to stay away from him. Rather than being grateful, and talking to his record player some more he decides he doesn't want any part of this. Not sure why. He was picked on all his life by these guys, the record helps him, now he yells at the record player. Sounds like an ingrate, and a real shitty fan if you ask me.
He asks his friend to get the tape back, and as he’s his only friend he helps him out, then plays the tape, and suddenly Sammy Cur comes to life and kills his friend. He then sticks his hand into the TV and kills a preacher talking about evil heavy metal music. The priest is played by Ozzy Ozbourne, in a humorous turn. He should have went and killed Eddie, as he really wasn't a supportive fan.
Sammy then shows up at the Halloween concert, starts singing, and then for no reason he starts shooting lightning out of his hands killing people. Skippy figures out at this point that if the music is played over the airwaves Sammy will come back again. So he destroys the record tower and crashes a car with Sammy in it to save the day. This all leads me to the same question I have had for 30 years. What the hell was the point? Why did Sammy kill himself? Why did he want to come back from the dead? What was his plan when he did? They never say. Did he just do it for fun? I mean what did he want to do? Take over the world with his shitty big hair and awful music? Did he need to kill people over the airwaves because of a deal he made with Satan? I mean if he wanted to punish, and kill people why didn't he not kill himself, and just continue to play that god awful heavy metal crap?
I was 12 when I saw this, and unfortunately went to school with tons of little kids who listened to this crap, and tried to act like little stoners in their fake concert shirts. I was smart enough to have been listening to Black Flag, DRI, Misfits (Greatest band ever), Ramones, and Sex Pistols. So the music aspect didn't thrill me one bit. I was smart enough to know the whole Heavy Metal devil worship connection was done to sell records. But the film is fun. I mean its dumb as hell, but also very entertaining. I watch it year around this time. The best part is Gene Simmons has a 3minute part, and Ozzy has about a 1 minute part, but as their the 2 biggest names there featured on the front cover of the DVD, Check this film out if you want a good Heavy Metal Horror laugh, or if you like this crappy music. It really is fun. It would have been more fun however, if this took place in the school Michael J. Fox went to in Teen Wolf. Then Michael J Fox could have turned into a werewolf and fought Sammy at the Halloween Dance. Or he could have set His DeLorean back a few months, gotten up to 55 Gigawatts and stopped Sammy from Dying in a fire. I guess what really would have made this better if Michael J Fox, or anyone else would have played the lead. The novelty of seeing Skippy as a stoners stops after about 2 minutes. Don’t get me wrong he did a good job, he was just about as unsympathetic as Daniel Larusso and that’s saying something.
The film is still an amazing piece of Heavy Metal Horror history and I do recommend anyone out there who has yet to see it to pick it up and watch it right away. Hopefully Scream Factory picks this one up for a collected version.
In the gripping, suspenseful thriller Ambition, Jude is an intense, driven musician preparing for the biggest performance of her life – but her ambition could end up killing her. As her competitors begin to die bizarre deaths, she recognizes a pattern that seems to connect her. Is she next? Her suspicions are confirmed in a shocking climax that puts into question her chances for survival, and her sanity. Opening in select theaters, digital and On Demand everywhere September 20th, 2019 from Unique Features and Shout! Studios, Ambition creates a world where desire and revenge converge into a questionable reality.
From the producer of Nightmare on Elm Street, Ambition stars Katherine Hughes (Kingdom, My Dead Ex), Giles Matthey (Submerged, Once Upon a Time), Sonoya Mizuno (Devs, Crazy Rich Asians, Maniac), and Bryan Batt (Mad Men, Billionaire Boys Club) with a special appearance by Lin Shaye (Insidious series, The Final Wish, Room for Rent). Directed by Bob Shaye, Ambition was produced by Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Sarah Victor, and Unique Features.
Running Time: 87 minutes
Movie opening date: September 20 in NYC, Los Angeles, and select U.S. cities.
Also available on On Demand
Directed by Bob Shaye
Written by John Rocco and Jenna Wright
Producers: Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Sarah Victor
Costume Designer : Sandra Algood Taylor
Production Designer: James A. Gelarden
Music by Wlad Marhulets
Film Editor Michael Trent
Director of Photography Brian Rigney Hubbard
Executive Producers: Phillip B. Goldfine, Benjamin Sacks, Yuli Masinovsky
After a recent Joker screening in the City of Angels, Phillips revealed to those in attendance he and the studio "have no plan for a sequel." The news was a direct response to a recent Total Film report claiming the filmmaker wanted to do a sequel with star Joaquin Phoenix in tow.
The director said his words in the previous comment were taking out of context. "The quote was, 'I will do anything Joaquin wants to do,'" Phillips clarified. "And I would. But the movie's not set up to [have] a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that's it."
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It time to get "So excited!"
NBC announced that a Saved By The Bell reboot is completely ng to their streaming Peacock service and will feature original cast members
Here's the official description: "When California governor Zack Morris (Time out Governor Zack Morris?! Time in!) gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality."
Universal and filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan are back in business with two untitled thrillers that will be released on February 26, 2021, and February 17, 2023.
Shyamalan independently financed these past three films with a combined production budget of $35M. They collectively generated $625M worldwide. He similarly will finance his next two movies.
“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” Universal Pictures President Peter Cramer said in a statement. “There is no one like him. He is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects
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The Blob is back in this horrific tale about a vile, malignant life-form that crashes to Earth in a cozy, rural American town called Arborville. Untroubled by conscience or intellect, the Blob does only one thing – and it does it well. It eats anything and everything that moves: men, women, and children. It wants to swallow the entire town of Arborville. The original version of the Blob thrilled and terrified movie audiences back in the 1950s. Now the oozing, gooey killer is back. On October 29, 2019, SCREAM FACTORY™ is thrilled to present THE BLOB Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. Directed by Chuck Russell (The Scorpion King), the film stars Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Shawnee Smith (SAW movies), Donovan Leitch (Glory), Jeffrey DeMunn (Billions) with Candy Clark (American Graffiti) and Joe Seneca (A Time to Kill) as Dr. Meddows. A must-have for sci-fi horror enthusiasts and movie collectors, this definitive collector’s edition contains special bonus content, including two new audio commentaries, over four hours of new interviews, and more. Preorder is available now at ShoutFactory.com
THE BLOB COLLECTOR’ EDITION Blu-ray
TRISTAR PICTURES AND ANDRE BLAY/ELLIOTT KASTNER PRESENT A CHUCK RUSSELL FILM
KEVIN DILLON SHAWNEE SMITH DONOVAN LEITCH JEFFREY DEMUNN
WITH CANDY CLARK AND JOE SENECA AS DR. MEDDOWS
MUSIC BY MICHAEL HOENIG CREATURE EFFECTS DESIGNED AND CREATED BY LYLE CONWAY
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ANDRE BLAY SCREENPLAY BY CHUCK RUSSELL & FRANK DARABONT
PRODUCED BY JACK H. HARRIS AND ELLIOTT KASTNER DIRECTED BY CHUCK RUSSELL
© 1988 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)/English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English Subtitles/1988/Color/Approximate Feature Running Time +/- 95 Minutes
Director James Gunn took to Twitter today and announced Cena for the movie, along with more than 20 other actors, including Idris Elba, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney, and Margot Robbie. You can see the full list below.
Cena is expected to play DC Comics character Peacemaker, but that has not been confirmed. Margot and Courtney will be reprising their roles as Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang from the 2016 movie.
Eddie Money -- the '70s and '80s hitmaker known for "Take Me Home Tonight" and "Baby Hold On" -- has died ... TMZ has confirmed.
The singer died Friday following complications from stage 4 esophageal cancer. His family said, "The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."
Eddie made the stunning revelation about his diagnosis during season 2 of his reality show, "Real Money." As we reported ... Eddie got the heartbreaking news late last year during a routine checkup with doctors.
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