Category Archives: Cult Movies

Stephen Furst passes away at the age of 63 years old

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that actor Stephen Furst has passed away at the age of 63 years old.  The news was broken by his son Nathan who confirmed that Furst died on Friday at his home in Moorpark, California, north of Los Angeles. When speaking of his father Nathan said:

“He was proudest of his family, and he felt blessed and incredibly privileged to have the career that he had and enjoyed.”

Furst burst onto the Cult Faction radar playing naive fraternity pledge Flounder in Animal House, he continued the role in the TV spin off Delta House. He also played Vir Cotto in Babylon 5.

Other roles included CHiPS, St. Elsewhere, Have Faith, Night Court, Murder She Wrote, Magic Kid, Misery Loves Company, Freakazoid!, Diagnosis Murder, Jungle Cubs, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Scrubs. He also played the Principal in Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” music video.

Godzilla: Monster Planet will have the largest Godzilla ever!

Polygon Pictures’ upcoming anime film trilogy on Godzilla has revealed their Godzilla will be the biggest in history at 118.5m-tall.

The first of their trilogy: Godzilla: Monster Planet will be written by Kamen Rider Gaim‘s Gen Urobuchi.

The film will open in Japan on November 17th 2017 and then will be streamed worldwide through Netflix.

Glenne Headly passes away at the age of 62

It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Glenne Headly has passed away at the age of 62 years old. The sad news was broken by her Rep:

“It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly. We ask that her family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.”

Headly had many roles in film and TV including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Paperhouse, Stars and Bars, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Fraiser, E.R., The X-Files, Encore! Encore!, Rugruts, The Burbs, Monk, Psych, Parks and Recreation, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Fandango but it was her role as Tess Trueheart alongside Warren Beatty in Dick Tracy shot her onto the Cult Faction radar.

Headly was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove, as well as 1996’s Bastard Out of Carolina. She was in production on the Seth Rogen-Evan Goldberg produced Hulu comedy series Future Man at the time of her death. The series stars Ed Begley Jr., Eliza Coupe and Josh Hutcherson. It revolves around a janitor and gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity. The show’s producer Sony Pictures Television have announced that Headly’s role would not be recast but that she would remain in the episodes completed so far.

Hannah John-Kamen cast in Ant-Man and Wasp!

Whilst the plot to Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man and Wasp is being kept under wraps, as are details about who she will be playing, it has been confirmed that Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror, Tomb Raider, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Game of Thrones, Misfits,Killjoys) will be joining the cast.

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