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Roddy Piper's Forgotten Flick 'They Live'

8/4/2015 12:20pm EDT
In Memory Of Roddy Piper – Forgotten Flick 'They Live'
As most of you know the iconic performer of both the big and small screen ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper passed away recently. And while he was known to most through his groundbreaking work with the WWF and the wrestling world as a whole sparring with the likes of nemesis Hulk Hogan, to us cinephiles Piper will always be associated with a single glorious work of movie art. A flick so memorable (quotable lines fly like bullets!), so sensational (how about a five and a half minute fight sequence to end all others!) and so thought provoking (the slogan ‘Obey’ that you see on every hat and T-shirt start...

These 80s Soundtracks Made The Movie Better

5/5/2015 8:35pm EDT
80's Soundtracks
"Out of Bounds," "D.C. Cab" and "Trick or Treat?" I know what you’re thinking film fans – how can these selections be on a top ten list involving memorable 80’s soundtracks? Easy! This is not a conventional list of groundbreaking iconic big budget studio films where the music that matches the movie. (Meaning "Top Gun," "Flashdance" and "Footloose" are out!) The flicks that inhabit this list are somewhat smaller lessor known films – some amazing, some just okay – that all have savory soundtracks that enhance the viewing pleasure in common. So while some of the flicks below feature at t...

Blu-ray Review: 'Body Bags - Collector's Edition'

11/15/2013 10:30am EST
Body Bags
Ready to follow legendary John Carpenter into morgue anthology territory?  Then follow us as we review the new to Blu-ray classic "Body Bags - Collector's Edition" out now from Shout! Factory’s horror division Scream Factory.  We unzip and examine with the review below!




   Title: "Body Bags - Collector's Edition"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Mark Hamill

   Director: John Carpenter / Tobe Hooper

   Rating: Unrated

   Runtime: 95 minutes

   Release Company: Shout! Factory Home Entertainment



The Flick: I...

Screamfest LA 2012 - Best Of The Fest 'Wrap Up'

10/24/2012 11:00am EDT
American Mary
This is it folks – the end of our very scary Screamfest LA 2012 journey! We’ve survived being collected, having our skulls crushed, testing our true love of horror and even managed to come out of a twisted cinematic game of "Would You Rather" victorious. So in honor of still being alive and kicking (amidst a few broken bones and teeth – those damn milk duds!), we’re taking a final look at our favorites of this year’s fest crop. So from features to shorts, performances to celeb sightings, here’s the official...


Best Film (and most surp...

Screamfest LA 2012 - Final Day 'Wrap Up'

10/23/2012 11:00am EDT
Screamfest LA 2012
Screamfest LA 2012 is over folks, but our coverage here at Starpulse continues! We only have two more pieces to go including a fest finale piece complete with some of the highlights from this year's events. But today we’re focusing on the last day of the fest and since it had a myriad of cool flicks, interviews and more we’re encapsulating them all in a single coverage piece we’re calling...Screamfest Final Day Wrap Up!

Review: "Nightmare Factory"

Stars: 3 ½

What I like most about the doc "Nightmare Factory" is how personal it gets. We’ve seen multiple looks at famed KNB EFX guru ...

Screamfest LA 2012 - 'What To See'

10/11/2012 12:15pm EDT
Screamfest LA 2012
With Halloween just around the corner, we here at Starpulse wanted to get you into the dark spirit and celebrate all things horror. So we’re heading off this year to cover an event that’s a little off the beaten path – welcome to SCREAMFEST LA 2012! Held this year from Oct. 12 thru Oct. 21 at the Regal LA Live Cinemas Stadium 14 at 1000 West Olympic Blvd. in sunny Los Angeles, California (go to for more details!) the event is looking to be a very blood-filled fest. With tons of frightful flicks (John Cusack hunts a killer!), sadistic shorts ("Killer Kart" is a must!)...

Radical Retro Movie Review: John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

10/31/2011 8:33pm EDT
The Thing
Happy Halloween! Welcome to this surprise Radical Retro Movie Review. Recently I was thoroughly disappointed by “The Thing,” a prequel to the John Carpenter film by the same name. Since the 2011 counterpart turned out to be such a dud, I thought I should revisit the 1982 version and discuss what still makes it such a compelling masterpiece today.

What most people don’t know, is that John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was actually a remake of a 1951 film called “The Thing from Another World,” which was based itself, on a short story by John W. Campbell Jr. Carpenter was able to effectively ...

Review: 'The Ward' Continues John Carpenter's Passionless Streak

7/8/2011 12:12pm EDT
The Ward photo
To say that "The Ward" is Director John Carpenter’s most notable film effort in years still isn’t saying much. Meaning even though it’s slower and more stylish then recent embarrassments like "Ghosts of Mars" and "Village of the Damned," it certainly doesn't resemble the kind of work the director of "Assault on Precinct 13," "Escape from New York" and "The Thing" became famous for in the first place.

The story centers around a young woman named Kristen (Amber Heard) who after setting fire to a farmhouse finds herself institutionalized. Amidst meeting four of the other girls currently res...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Horrible Bosses,' 'Zookeeper' & More

7/4/2011 10:30am EDT
Horrible Bosses
For those of you who’ve been following me for a while, you might recall that I gave “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” a positive review. If you’re one of the people who read my opinion back then, you might be surprised to learn I really didn’t care for its sequel “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” At this point, Michael Bay is just repeating a tired formula that fails to entertain despite the introduction of 3D. Check out my further thoughts here.

This weekend you’ll have the opportunity to see the outrageous comedy “Horrible Bosses,” the Kevin James family film “Zookeeper,” the ...

Jeremy Renner To Play Snake Plissken?

11/9/2010 10:35am EST
Jeremy Renner
The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner is in negotiations to star in the remake of John Carpenter film Escape From New York.

The 1981 sci-fi classic starred Kurt Russell as anti-hero Snake Plissken. Russell returned for the sequel, Escape From L.A., in 1996.

Breck Eisner is the latest director attached to the project - Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have also been linked to the film.

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Horror/Comedies: A Growing Cult Phenomenon Of The Last 20 Years

10/21/2009 9:42am EDT
Over the last 20 years cinema has changed significantly with regards to the horror genre. Modern horror/comedies like "Zombieland" are able to thrive in theaters due to a fan base built by cult cinema.

During the late 1980s, jaded audiences grew tired of the standard monster movies and slasher flicks that were being done to death. As the era of Reagan conservatism came to a close, fans desensitized to the violence of horror films were looking for something to make blood and guts exciting again. Horror-philes had already whet their appetite for a different type of horror movie after se...

Trailer Talk - This Week In Movies: '9,' 'Whiteout' & More

9/8/2009 9:03am EDT
I've heard good reviews of the Mike Judge comedy "Extract" that came out last week, and I might add it to my list of movies to see, which still includes "District 9" and "Cold Souls." I haven't had as much time to make it to the movie theater lately as I've wanted to.

An unusual combination of movies hits theaters this week: two documentaries, one animated film, two thrillers, and a comedy. Premiering at the box office this week are "9," "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," "Whiteout," "Sorority Row," "The September Issue," and "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour." ...

Movies That Did Not Live Up To Their Potential

3/3/2009 10:39am EST
Star Wars Episode III
Nothing can be more frustrating than something not living up to its potential. Movies are especially guilty of this. There's something about watching a movie that was on to something but didn't quite make it that can stick with you. Watching them unfold feels akin to a runner screaming towards the finish line only to fall and break their ankle thirty feet short. Films like these fall apart for many reasons be it last minute changes by a studio, unnecessary plot twists, or just good old-fashioned incompetence. For whatever reason, these movies are bad-they just didn't have to be. Here's a fe...

'The Unborn' Is In Theaters Friday; Check Out These Other Great Babysitter Flicks

1/6/2009 5:00pm EST
The Unborn
Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn and follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.

Starring Odette Yustman, Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet and Gary Oldman, The Unborn is a thrilling tale of one woman's survival as she fights a family curse and struggles to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

In The Unborn Odette Yustman plays the babysitter, h...

Underrated & Overrated Horror Films

10/31/2008 12:25pm EDT
Today is Halloween. No introduction necessary. Check out our list of five of the most overrated and underrated horror movies of all time:


5. "Scream" (1996)

Ah, the classic case of so overrated it became underrated. Actually, it's more that this movie was so good and influential that its hallmarks have become so deeply ingrained in moviedom that we can't imagine a time that existed before it. It didn't invent the slasher genre, it just brought it to a new level, adding humor and bringing a spot of intelligence to its leads. It was also a perfect parody of ...

A Girl, A Guy, & A Knife: The 30th Anniversary of 'Halloween'

10/25/2008 9:52am EDT
It was October 25, 1978. Laverne and Shirley, Charlie's Angels and MASH were in the top ten TV shows. Movie theater prices were about $2.50. John Travolta and Olivia Newton John were star-crossed lovers in Grease, and John Belushi was acting a fool at school in Animal House.

Then He Came Home.

Halloween, one of the best and scariest movies of all time - if not the scariest - premiered in selected cities across the country. This independent film had one basic premise: a maniacal killer stalks teenagers on Halloween night. It is said to be one of the most effective horror movies ev...

Is Nicolas Cage Washed Up or Just Making Bad Decisions?

9/5/2008 10:40am EDT
The Wicker Man
In 1996 Nicolas Cage stood on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and accepted his first, and currently only, Oscar for his tour de force performance in Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas. This past year, while starring in Neil LaBute's ill-fated remake of the British horror classic The Wicker Man, Cage, donning a grizzly bear costume, punched a woman in the face.

There are two sides to Nicolas Cage-the go-to superstar with the droopy eyes and smug demeanor and Cage the talented, easily forgotten actor. Unfortunately the latter, Academy Award winning Cage persona is a distant memory a...

Memorable Acting Performances By Professional Wrestlers

7/30/2008 10:44am EDT
The Marine
Ah acting-a craft that stands as one of the finest, and most difficult in the world. Some of our culture's most influential people were actors: William Shakespeare, Ronald Reagan, Yul Brenner, the list is endless, really. Then you have professional wrestling. Pro-wrestling feels a bit like modern gladiatorial combat, except it would drive a Ford F-150 complete with a sticker of Calvin peeing on a Chevrolet in its rear window. You see how these two coincide, right? Sure, it's fair to call wrestlers entertainers. Athletes? Why not? Actors? Eh… Did you guys see The Marine? Neither did we, but ...

Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

1/18/2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 16

1/16/2007 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to baseball MVP Albert Pujols (1980), R&B singer Aaliyah (1979; d. 2001), waifish model Kate Moss (1974), Nigerian born jazz/soul singer Sade (1959), "Fame" choreographer/actress Debbie Allen (1950), horror film director John Carpenter (1948), country singer Ronnie Milsap (1944) baseball player Dizzy Dean (1910; d. 1974), and actress/singer Ethel Merman (1908; d. 1984).

Horror Movie Cars Up for Auction

10/2/2006 11:25am EDT
The Volo Auto Museum has up dug three of the most nightmarish cars to ever hit theaters. All are for auction, including the most terrifying car of all time, the immortal Christine. The museum risked life and lug nuts to unearth these terrors from the auto graveyard and list them on eBay from Oct. 1 to 10.

For The Plymouth Fury from "Christine," the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Dodge van, and the Devil's Rejects' Cadillac Eldorado are for sale for the first time and ready to prowl the streets for their next victims.

The most famous Plymouth of all time is Christine, the 1958 Fury that ...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 16

1/16/2006 3:00am EST
Happy Birthday to baseball MVP Albert Pujols (1980), R&B singer Aaliyah (1979; d. 2001), waifish model Kate Moss (1974), Nigerian born jazz/soul singer Sade (1959), "Fame" choreographer/actress Debbie Allen (1950), horror film director John Carpenter (1948), country singer Ronnie Milsap (1944) baseball player Dizzy Dean (1910; d. 1974), and actress/singer Ethel Merman (1908; d. 1984).