Category Archives: Cult Movies

Remembering Roger Moore – The world just got less suave

Charming, debonair, one of the UK’s best loved actors and a huge international star with over 50 major movies to his credit, Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89. Never one to take himself too seriously Sir Roger once said ‘I spent my early years as a struggling actor. Nowadays I just struggle to act.’  Regardless of popular opinion, Roger was clearly the greatest Bond, simply because he was the one that had to do the most work. He was bond when the films were based on a world where Britain was still a superpower, where spies routinely used parachutes emblazoned with their own national flags, and where the summit of all human achievement was based on a man’s ability to smoke cigars and make a succession of barbed quips. Roger delivered the quips like no other. My personal favourite? While holding a gun to a villain’s crotch. ‘Speak now or forever hold your piece.

By the action films of the 1980s — with quips taken to their logical extreme by Arnold Schwarzenegger in films like Commando. (You may recall Arnie as ‘John Matrix’ killing a fat man in a chainmail wife-beater with a hot air pipe and then telling his corpse to “let off some steam…”) But Roger was the best, and it’s this — plus his effortless eye-brow hiking, and general swagger — that makes him Bond. Whether he’s wandering through a desert in full evening dress or clambering over a wall in a fawn safari suit and brown loafers, there’s never a hair out of place. Like the Bond of the Ian Fleming novels, whatever happens, Moore’s hair is unmoved. On those rare occasions that Moore did sustain an injury, it was only ever of the ‘hero cut’ variety — perhaps a small line of blood emanating from the corner of his mouth – and, even then, there’s usually a blonde with a bubble perm and a velour swimsuit ready to kiss it better in time for the next scene.

Perhaps most telling about Moore’s tenure as Bond is the line in The Man with the Golden Gun, when Roger looks genuinely flabbergasted by M, his boss, explaining that they have found a golden bullet with ‘007’ etched on to it. Roger pleads ignorance.

Bond: “Who would want to kill me?”

M: “Jealous husbands? Outraged chefs? Humiliated tailors? The list is endless…”

But it wasn’t just within the realm of Bond that Roger Moore was a hero. He was good friends with Audrey Hepburn, and it was she who inspired Moore to become a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 after he saw her impressive work with the charity. He was the voice of Father Christmas in the 2004 UNICEF cartoon The Fly Who Loved Me and he also became involved with PETA, working with them on a video protesting against the production and wholesale of foie gras. In his time as an ambassador he travelled the world to see UNICEF’s work in action, advocating specifically for children’s rights in countries including Brazil, Mexico and Ethiopia to highlight the impact of donations made. Knighted for his services in 2003, he said at the time that it meant ‘far more to me than if I had got it for acting… I was proud because I received it on behalf of UNICEF as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years’.

Rest in Peace Roger Moore.

Universal introduces “Dark Universe”

Universal Pictures have today revealed the name for their shared universe of monster movies – Dark Universe.

Assembled above in the first-look photo of the Dark Universe stars are Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man), Javier Bardem (Frankenstein’s Monster), Cruise (Nick Morton), Crowe (Dr. Jekyll) and Boutella (The Mummy). Crowe’s Dr. Jekyll is set to provide the glue linking the films together, with his mysterious organization Prodigium charged with tracking the world’s monsters.

The motion logo for the new initiative features a musical theme composed by Danny Elfman and will debut in theatres preceding The Mummy, which will be released on June 9th 2017:

Donna Langley, Chairman, Universal Pictures:

“We take enormous pride in the creativity and passion that has inspired the reimagining of Universal’s iconic monsters and promise  taudiences we will expand this series strategically. The enterprise masterfully developed by Chris and Alex will allow each subsequent chapter the right time to find the perfect cast, filmmakers and vision to fulfill it. As we launch Dark Universe with Danny’s provocative theme before The Mummy and collaborate with a brilliant filmmaker like Bill to weave the story of a very modern woman in a very classic tale, we feel confident we’re off to a tremendous start.”

“When Universal approached us with the idea of reimagining these classic characters, we recognized the responsibility of respecting their legacy while bringing them into new and modern adventures,” said Kurtzman and Morgan. “The studio and our fellow creative collaborators have championed and challenged us as we’ve begun to spin the web of Dark Universe. It’s our hope these movies will engross longtime fans and spark the imaginations of brand-new ones.”

Ben (Blu-Ray)

Ben is back! When detective sergeant Cliff Kirtland (Joseph Campanella, METEOR) investigates the horrifying murder of Willard Stiles by a band of rats, he discovers that the rats are now an organized army, and he must destroy the murderous rodents before it is too late. But the rats, led by Ben, the only survivor of the Willard attack, take to the challenge with full force and little fear.

With an Oscar-nominated theme song, BEN “presents some genuinely creepy scenes… [and] manages to deliver the goods expected of the genre while getting the audience all misty-eyed…” (TV Guide). Put your feet up – way up – and watch: BEN is an absolute must for everyone who likes a good scare!

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video – 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)

Extras:

  • NEW! HD Transfer From The Best Surviving Archive Print!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Actor Lee Montgomery!
  • NEW! Interview With Actor Lee Montgomery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • BEN / WILLARD Double Feature Trailer And TV Spot
  • Radio Spot
  • Still Gallery

Willard (Blu-Ray)

Willard Stiles (Bruce Davison, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 4) is a young man with a big problem. He lives alone in a crumbling house with his ailing mother (Elsa Lanchester, Arnold, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN). His boss, Al Martin (Ernest Borgnine, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE WILD BUNCH) is a vulgar, cruel man who stole his business from Willard’s father and is now working Willard to death at his factory job.

Lonely, depressed and isolated, Willard is on the verge of a breakdown when he makes a new friend: Ben, one of the many rats who inhabit his dilapidated home. Not only can Willard communicate with the rodent, but he can actually command him to do his bidding. Using Ben and his furry friends as instruments of retaliation, Willard commands his pets to carry out his vengeance…

Disc Specs:
Rated PG | Color | 95 minutes | Region A
Video – 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)

Extras:

  • NEW! 4K Scan Of The Original camera Negative!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Actor Bruce Davison!
  • NEW! Interview With Actor Bruce Davison!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery

Boone: The Bounty Hunter (2017)

Boone: The Bounty Hunter is an action packed action-comedy the follows the life of fame-seeking reality show bounty hunter, Boone (John Hennigan).

With his reality TV series in peril because of low ratings, Boone and his crew Denny (Osric Chau) and Kat (Spencer Grammer) decide to up their game and hunt one of America’s most wanted felons Ryan Davenport (Jonathan Lipnicki). Their hunt leads them to Mexico in which events inspired by Dog The Bounty Hunter unfold. It turns out Ryan’s Dad – Cole Davenport (Richard Tyson) is an international  drug lord and Boone appears to have bitten off more than he can chew…

Boone: The Bounty Hunter was created by its star John Hennigan (known to professional wrestling fans as John Morrison and Johnny Mundo) and whilst some may be doubtful of his credentials Boone is proof that Hennigan can more than hold his own in the character comedy market. He also gets bonus points for his stunt and parkour work in the movie.

Clearly a tribute to the action movies of the 80’s, Boone manages not to become a laughless parody like the Scary Movie films but instead uses these films as its foundation and builds a credible world around them that Boone and his friends live in.

The way the movie is shot is almost MTV like (back when MTV was innovative) and flows across the big screen without any dead weight and its script whilst reliant at times on the purposely bad Boon puns also manages to set out its pieces and pull them together when it matters.

The strength of this movie all rides on the shoulders of Hennigan and his passion for the character of Boone is clear. Boone is his creation that he has literally fought tooth and nail to bring to the big screen. Boone succeeds because Hennigan becomes Boone in the same way Steve Coogan becomes Alan Partridge, Danny McBride becomes Kenny Powers or Sacha Baron-Cohen becomes Borat. This is vital in any important character driven comedy, for the humour comes from Boone as a person and his reactions (good or bad) to the situations around him. It is not all one liners and set piece gags.

With drama, comedy, action and some awesome cameos from some of our very own Heroes of Cult including our favourite Renegade, Boone: The Bounty Hunter could easily be the next cult franchise like Sharknado, with many spin offs that place Boone in a variety of different places and situations where as well as finding his bounty Boone is also unknowingly on a journey to find himself.

Who doesn’t want some more Boon puns?

Bruce Lee – Return of the Dragon (Blu-Ray)

Tang Lung (Lee) flies to Rome to help a friend of the family, Chen Ching-hua (Nora Miao). She is being threatened by local gangsters to sell her restaurant and they will stop at nothing to get the property. When Tang proves to be a threat to the syndicate’s plans they hire the best martial artists to take out Tang Lung.

In one of the film’s most famous sequences, Bruce Lee takes on American martial arts expert Colt (Chuck Norris) in the ancient city’s majestic Colisseum. This martial arts classic, also known as WAY OF THE DRAGON, is written and directed by Bruce Lee.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 100 minutes | Region A
Video – 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)

Extras:

  • NEW! 4K Transfer From The Interpositive!
  • NEW! Japanese Opening And Closing Credits!
  • NEW! Alternate Final Fight Music Cue!
  • NEW! Trailer Gallery
  • Audio Commentary With Asian Film Expert Mike Leeder
  • Alternate Title Sequence
  • Interviews With Sammo Hung, Simon Yam, and Wong Jing!
  • Kung Fu? – Jon Benn Remembers RETURN OF THE DRAGON!
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

Bruce Lee – Game of Death (Blu-Ray)

Billy Lo (Bruce Lee) is a young kung fu star with a promising career. As the leader of a syndicate known for its exploitation of entertainers, Dr. Land (Dean Jagger) jumps at the chance to capitalize on Billy’s status and that of his singer girlfriend (Coleen Camp).

Refusing to sign with Land, Billy’s marital arts mastery is put to the test when he is brutally harassed by Land’s men. In a stunning showdown, Billy must take on a group of martial arts masters in the final showdown. Tragically, Bruce Lee passed away during the production of the film. See this martial arts legend in his last role!

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 90 & 100 minutes | Region A
Video – 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)

DISC ONE Extras:

  • The U.S. Version of the film (100 minutes).
  • NEW! 4K Transfer From The Internegative!
  • Audio Commentary With Asian Film Expert Mike Leeder!
  • Game Of Death Revisited
  • Game Of Death Locations
  • Outtake Montage
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Opening And Ending
  • Bloopers
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Still Gallery
  • Japanese Print In HD!

DISC TWO Extras:

  • The Mandarin/Cantonese Version of the film (90 minutes.
  • NEW! 4K Transfer From The Internegative!
  • NEW! Trailer Gallery

Goosebumps – Horrorland will arrive in September 2018!

Set the date: September 21st 2018; that’s the date we finally get more of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps on the big screen!

Director Rob Letterman is returning and it would appear the sequel will focus on the Horrorland spin off novels which are set in a vast theme park which R.L. Stine describes as “the scariest place on Earth!”

As long as Slappy turns up we will be happy!

Catherine Zeta-Jones to star in Cocaine Godmother

It has been announced that Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in a Lifetime movie based of the life of female drug overlord  “The Black Widow” Griselda Blanco.

Cocaine Godmother is set to hit screens in 2018 and will detail how Blanco made her way to the U.S. with a fake passport at age 17 with her first husband, lived in Queens, New York with her three sons, and became linked with local drug runners and soon masterminded the use of beautiful women, the elderly and children as drug mules and created false-bottom suitcases to smuggle cocaine from Colombia.

In the wake of her newfound wealth, her sons abandoned school and entered the family business instead. She then moved to Miami to expand her empire.

Girls in Trouble Episode Zero poster revealed!

The official movie poster for director Koichi Sakamoto ‘s Girls in trouble Episode Zero has been released!
The movie will feature a team-up between the SPD girls Jasmine (Ayumi Kinoshita) and Umeko (Mika Kikuchi) with the female space sheriff’s Shelly (Suzuka Morita), Shishi (Misaki Momose) and Tammy (Mayu Kawamoto).
Written Naruhisa Arakawa, Girls in trouble Episode Zero will premiere in Japanese cinemas this June 17th 2017.