DELIRIUM #26 Now Available!

DELIRIUM #26 is now on sale and for this round, we’re shining a spotlight on one of cult cinema’s greatest composers, an artist who has added aural dimensions to such celebrated shockers as Joe Dante’s PIRANHA and THE HOWLING, Brian DePalma’s CARRIE and DRESSED TO KILL and of course, the Full Moon/Empire Pictures classics like TOURIST TRAP and CRAWLSPACE. Naturally, we’re speaking of the great Pino Donaggio, the Italian master of music who rarely does interviews sits down with us for a career interview that began with Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 horror drama DON’T LOOK NOW and still continues to this day.

Elsewhere in this awesome issue, we spend time with British composer Simon Boswell as he flashes back on his score for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s immortal mystical horror film SANTA SANGRE, chat with iconic industrial musician cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy) about his new album and roll out an analysis of the notorious 1978 TV movie classic KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK. And speaking of TV, we have a HUGE new interview with author and historian Amanda Reyes, editor of the TV movie book ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? revealing her obsession with the golden age of made for television cinema as well as isolating some of the finest examples of the format.

We also have Joe Dante chiming in on working with Donaggio as well as Italian director Luigi Cozzi, who worked with Pino on his HERCULES movies and who also riffs on his mythical Italian re-edit of GODZILLA and more. We then go deep reflecting on the legacy of Cozzi’s insane 1980 ALIEN riff CONTAMINATION. And then we stick to outer space with a MASSIVE new interview with actor-turned-director Richard Benjamin obscure 1988 Kim Basinger comedy MY STEPMOTHER IS AN ALIEN.

All this and so much more awaits you in the pages of DELIRIUM #26, on sale NOW only at www.FullMoonDirect.com!

 

 

Full Moon Starts Production on MISKATONIC U: THE RESONATOR

Full Moon launches 2021 slate with new Lovecraft film

While the pandemic rages, effectively putting the larger scale, internationally mounted DEADLY TEN film slate on pause, Full Moon will be launching an ambitious slate of smaller pictures to be released in 2021, starting with MISKATONIC U: THE RESONATOR, a new horror film inspired by both the works of legendary fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft and beloved genre director Stuart Gordon.

MISKATONIC U: THE RESONATOR  tells the tale of Crawford Tillinghast, who builds a machine known as the Resonator. The machine allows one to experience multiple dimensions while navigating the unsavory beasts that dwell within them. But things get complicated when Tillinghast realizes that the prototype of his creation has not only released murderous and deadly creatures into his world, but also has affected his own reality.”

William Butler (MADHOUSE, DEMONIC TOYS 2) will direct. Charles Band will produce.

The film will go into production in Los Angeles in early December. It will feature plenty of the sort of gooey practical special make-up effects that served as the hallmark of Band and Gordon’s collaborations and will sport cameos and performances from many of the original cast members that have long been associated with Gordon and the films from Band’s Empire Pictures universe.

“After working side by side with Stuart on From Beyond and many other subsequent genre productions, it is a complete honor and privilege to be able to bring to life a project that is inspired by his brilliant mind and passion for the work of H.P. Lovecraft,” said Band. “We’re very excited to be embarking on this ambitious and reverent entertainment.”

Stay tuned!

DELIRIUM #24 Now On Sale!

Buy the new issue and get a FREE $10 gift code

DELIRIUM dives deep into the Halloween season with a massive new cover story interview with that inimitable Sultan of Smut John Waters in a celebration of his sick and satirical shock comedy CECIL B. DEMENTED! Water’s deranged anti-Hollywood horrorshow turns 20 this year and, considering it’s one of Waters’ personal favorite pictures, the iconic director sits down with editor Chris Alexander to delve deep into is lurid legacy, while spiraling off into all manner of salacious sidebars and twisted tangents. It’s the ultimate Waters interview and you won’t want to miss it!

Elsewhere in this jam-packed 24th issue, we have new interviews with legendary occult metal band BLUE OYSTER CULT, a chat with HALLOWEEN star and noted director Nick Castle about his underrated 80s action classic TAG: THE ASSASSINATION GAME, new words with SAW series helmer Darren Lynn Bousman, cult filmmaker Harry Kumel revealing secrets about the 4K restoration of his 1971 masterpiece DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS, words on the new Shudder series CURSED FILMS, the brilliant Italian zombie shocker THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE, Arlene Sidaris riffing on Andy Sidaris’s wacky boobs ‘n’ bullets thriller GUNS and so much more!

DELIRIUM #24 is ON SALE NOW and as a special offer – for a limited time – we’re giving away a FREE $10 gift code to every customer who purchases the magazine! The code is good towards the purchases of ANY item at the FullMoonDirect.com online store.

Grab a copy of DELIRIUM #24 today! Before it grabs YOU!

Spanish Chiller ORGY OF THE LIVING DEAD Coming to Blu-ray

Full Moon’s release of classic Paul Naschy film will be uncut and in HD for the first time

Full Moon is excited to announce the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of one of the greatest European Gothic horror films of the 1970s: Director Jose Luis Merino’s eerie and erotic masterwork ORGY OF THE LIVING DEAD!

Also released as THE HANGING WOMAN, BEYOND THE LIVING DEAD and RETURN OF THE ZOMBIES (under which name Full Moon’s iconic Wizard Video VHS label put it out under in the early 1980s), Merino’s terrifying chiller is filled with atmosphere, dread, nudity, gore and zombies galore and also features memorable appearances by FRANKENSTEIN’S BLOODY TERROR’s Aurora de Alba and SPASMO’s Maria Pia Conte. Full Moon is thrilled to be presenting ORGY OF THE LIVING DEAD fully uncut on Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in America, remastered from the original 35mm negative.

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Cover Reveal: DELIRIUM Magazine #23

DELIRIUM magazine returns with a tribute to the late, great Al Adamson!

DELIRIUM Magazine #23 is an affectionate salute to one of the most discussed exploitation movie architects of all time, the late, great Al Adamson!

To time with the release of Severin Films’ juggernaut Blu-ray box set featuring over 30 of Al’s bizarre works, this beautifully illustrated issue features exclusive interviews with Adamson’s producing partner Sam Sherman and director David Gregory, whose latest documentary BLOOD & FLESH: THE REEL LIFE & GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON digs deep into Al’s oeuvre and examines the horrific, true crime tragedy of his senseless and gruesome murder. Further into our Adamson examination, we have film historian Howard S. Berger’s exhilarating analysis of Al and Sam’s signature opus: 1971’s berserk, stitched together monster mash DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN, a so-called “bad movie” that is really a kind of secret, subversive psychedelic masterpiece.

Bouncing off that gonzo Gothic picture’s legacy, we jump back into the world of Hammer Horror, with an appreciation of 1974’s Hong Kong co-production THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES and then sit down for an EXCLUSIVE new interview with British horror legend Judy Matheson, who co-starred in the double-shot “Karnstein” Hammer shockers LUST FOR A VAMPIRE and TWINS OF EVIL! Padding out this extraordinary issue is a unique interview with HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT II director Bruce Pittman where we discuss NOT his filmography but rather his sideline as a photographer, snapping shots of legends like Robert Mitchum and Ann-Margret. Buffalo-based horror hero Greg Lamberson dissects his new creeper WIDOW’S POINT, multi-hyphenate artist Dante Tomaselli riffs on his unique body of work and managing editor Michael Gingold traps actor William Sanderson for a flashback interview on the notorious revenge thriller FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE.

DELIRIUM #23 is a MUST for lovers of the bizarre, monstrous, bloody, beautiful and bizarre! ON SALE NEXT WEEK at www.FullMoonDirect.com!

CORONA ZOMBIES Warning Trailers are a Pandemic Panic!

Full Moon’s controversial comedy quickie aims to make you laugh

Full Moon has always preached the philosophy of fun to deal with the heavy world we live in and we have answered the current depressing global freak-out with our own goofy, gory, silly, satirical and irreverent riff on whats happening now with CORONA ZOMBIES, a ludicrous vision of a global pandemic spiraling out of control, one that causes its victims to become cannibalistic, creepy and contagious Corona Zombies!

They’re invading Poland! (READ HERE)

They’re running rampant in France! (READ HERE)

They’ve taken over Italy! (READ HERE)

They’re devouring Spain! (READ HERE)

And they’ve made the cover of the biggest newspaper in Mexico! (READ HERE) CORONA ZOMBIES will premiere exclusively on the Full Moon Features channel and app on April 10th, 2020. Finally! Something GOOD to look forward to on Good Friday!

Now check out the crazy new trailers below!

DVD Review: LITTLE JOE

Quietly unnerving horror movie offers subtle, scary rewards

If Ingmar Bergman had mounted a production of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, it might feel something like co-writer/director’s bizarre and dreamlike anti-horror horror movie LITTLE JOE. Out now on DVD from Magnolia Home Entertainment, the film is bound to isolate general horror fans looking for a quick thrill but is almost guaranteed an enduring cult following from genre obsessives who prefer to be challenged and frustrated by their cinema. And if nothing else, LITTLE JOE is indeed designed to challenge and frustrate but it also offers subtle rewards and ample pleasures for those willing to navigate its austere weirdness.

Emily Beecham (who won the best actress award at Cannes) stars as Alice, a botanist working for a British company experimenting in new breeds of consumer plant life. She and her partner Chris (Ben Whishaw) have created a pretty and oddly emotional plan that Alice nicknames “Little Joe” after her son Joe who is light of her life. Said plant apparently releases a pollen that makes its owner bond with the sprout in the same ways in which parents chemically connect with their children. “Little Joe” feeds on human contact, on conversation and kindness and in turn, releases a hormone that makes its “parent” happy. Although explicitly instructed not to do so, Alice brings one of the plants home for her son as a gift. Everything seems fine at first, but slowly, surely, her boy begins acting strangely, removing himself from her and suggesting he’d rather live with his father. Alice begins to suspect that her “Little Joe” might not be quite as benign as she had intended, and when the plants begin releasing their pollen to staff in the lab, she wonders if she has in fact created a monster.

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Blu-ray Review: VIBES

Underrated ’80s comedy/fantasy is a wild, colorful ride

Budget home media imprint Mill Creek Entertainment has been knocking it out of the park for some time, licensing rare and obscure genre films and giving them crisp HD Blu-ray presentations with attractive packaging and making them available for next to nothing. Rarely – if ever – do they bother with following the lead of boutique labels like Arrow or Severin by padding out their releases with special features of any kind. And that’s often okay. Because at the end of the day, it’s the movie that matters and any further knowledge the viewer needs is mostly available on ye olde internet.

But sometimes the company lets loose a title that DEMANDS a more comprehensive revisit and dissection. One such picture is VIBES, a 1988 comedy/fantasy/adventure that came and went quickly, the victim of audience indifference and scathing critical response. If ever there was a picture that demanded a fevered cult following, it’s VIBES, a cheerfully bizarre, bouncy and beautiful-to-look-at romp with a pack of wonderful performances and endless weirdness. Why it was so hated upon opening is anyone’s guess. Perhaps it’s because this sort of post-GHOSTBUSTERS FX-draped action ‘n’ laffs programmer was starting to become old hat by the decade’s end. Maybe its because people were cynical about female pop stars fronting a studio feature after the failure of Madonna’s WHO’S THAT GIRL? (also kind of undervalued).  Who knows. But it’s a movie that needs MUCH more respect. Why? Maybe it’s just that VIBES feels so out of step with everything that is cynical, scatological and un-cinematic in contemporary comedy that you just want to hold it and keep it safe. Or maybe it’s simply because this is Cyndi Lauper’s one-and-only above-the-credits starring role and she’s really, REALLY good and her unlikely romantic lead is a post-THE FLY Jeff Goldblum and HE’S really good too and their energies are gelled together by the presence of COLOMBO himself, Peter Falk.

Whatever the voodoo, VIBES is a rather brilliant little picture and it’s great to have it back.

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Review: BLOOD AND FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON

Intimate, uproarious documentary about the B movie legend is also a tragic true crime film

David (LOST SOUL) Gregory’s latest document of cinema eccentricity BLOOD AND FLESH: THE REEL LIFE AND GHASTLY DEATH OF AL ADAMSON, is first and foremost a tragedy. It begins at the end, in 1995, when mainstream media headlines screamed about the grisly discovery of a “horror movie director” who was found entombed in the basement of his California home, the victim of a sociopathic handyman who then went on the lam. It was a sensational finale to a fascinating life making movies whose go-for-broke (in many cases, literally going broke) sensibilities served as a middle finger to good taste. Adamson made pictures that were often rightfully lambasted by the critics, but thrived primarily in the undiscriminating passion pit worlds where cheap, dark fantasy thrills served as background noise to whatever shenanigans were going down in the backseats. Indeed, the gentle, likable director lived to make movies but his sad, cruel death was something that even he couldn’t have imagined.

The son of pioneering Western movie star Denver Dixon, Adamson was literally raised in the movie business and soon fell into directing films in the late ’60s and ’70s, at a time when there really was a healthy market for movies like HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS, BRAIN OF BLOOD, BLOOD OF GHASTLY HORROR, BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE and, of course, his most notorious (and perhaps most successful) effort, the deranged DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN. Adamson, along with his frequent collaborator, producer Sam Sherman, unleashed an endless supply of psychedelic skid row schlock , movies made with energy and oddball vision and starring many aging Hollywood legends, like John Carradine, The Ritz Brothers and Aldo Ray. Adamson’s work may not have been “good” by standard definitions of the word, but seen as a body of work it was -and remains – unique, colorful and admirably consistent.

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