What’s new in horror, fantasy, and science fiction this week? Open Dossier Fantastique to find out! This week, the usual Cinefantastique podcasting crew – Lawrence French, Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski – is joined by special guest Andrea Lipinsky. Together, they review the latest in theatrical and home video releases, including: MUPPETS MOST WANTED, currently in theatres; and HAPPY CAMP and KILL ZOMBIE, available on Video on Demand. Along the way, they react to the Walt Disney Company’s announcement that Pixar is finally developing a sequel to THE INCREDIBLES. And they wind up with a 50th anniversary look back at THE CREEPING TERROR, a prime contender for being one of the worst films ever made (take that, PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE!)
And after the closing credits, don’t leave! Because – there’s more! Listen in the the bonus chat as Lawrence French speculates that Disney’s decision to set the STAR WARS sequels thirty years after RETURN OF THE JEDI conveniently coincides with the actual ages of the cast from the original trilogy. Could this mean they will be making return appearances?
The Dossier Fantastique podcast opens once again, revealing a treasure trove of details regarding recent horror, fantasy, and science fiction films. Lawerence French previews JODOROWSKY’S DUNE, the documentary about the unmade adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel, opening in limited engagements on March 21. Steve Biodrowski reviews MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN, the 3D animated hit from DreamWorks. Together, two-thirds of the Cinefantastique podcasting team (Dan Persons is on hiatus) look at what’s out on home video for Tuesday, March 18, including FROZEN, SAVING MR. BANKS, and DARK HOUSE, a new independent horror film playing limited theatrical engagements after debuting on video last week. Tobin Bell (SAW) stars for director Victor Salva (JEEPERS CREEPERS).
Stick around after the credits for the Black Hole Ultra-Lounge, the podcast’s weekly bonus feature in which conversation flows freely and sometimes randomly. This week, the epic debate: is the longer TV re-edit of DUNE (from which director David Lynch removed his name) superior to the shorter theatrical cut?
Time to delve into Dossier Fantastique once again! Unfortunately, Cinefantastique podcaster Lawrence French was missing in action from this episode, but Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski do their best to fill the void. This week’s contents include capsule reviews of three theatrical features (PATRICK; 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE; ERNEST AND CELESTINE); a rundown of the week’s home video releases, including a review of IN FEAR (arriving on DVD and Blu-ray just four days after a limited platform release); and a 50th anniversary look back at Ib Melchoir’s THE TIME TRAVELERS (1964). Note: Because Hollywood failed to release a new horror/fantasy/science fiction film worthy of close consideration, there will be no Spotlight Podcast this week.
This week’s edition of the Dossier Fantastique podcast features an eruption of horror, fantasy and science fiction film titles in theatres and on home video, including POMPEII, HOLY GHOST PEOPLE, ALMOST HUMAN, and HAUNTER. Also, the Cinefantastique podcasting crew look at the week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases; Dan Persons assesses the Oscar-nominated animates short subjects, and Lawrence French offers a 50th anniversary tribute to THE GORGON, directed by the late Terence Fisher, whose birthday anniversary coincided with our recording time. Finally, stay tuned for the post-credits “Black Hole Ultra-Lounge” segment, in which Steve Biodrowski debates the merits of labeling MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935) a “remake” of LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927).
What’s in a name? Cinefantastique Online’s newly rechristened podcast seeks to answer that question. Formerly the Black Hole Ultra-Lounge, the weekly collection of all things wonderful relating to horror, fantasy, and science fiction cinema has morphed from loose repartee and laid-back commentary to a more structured show offering capsule commentary on news, theatrical films, recent trailers, and home video releases, with a segment at the end left open to include public domain titles or 50th-anniversary retrospectives. But don’t free: the Ultra-Lounge did not completely disappear into the Black Hole; it survives, post-credits, as a sort of bonus feature for listeners suffering from an over-abundance of curiosity regarding what random thought might pop into the heads of podcasters Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski.
This week, Dossier Fantastique features: reviews of WINTER’S TALE and THE RETURNED, currently in theatres; an autopsy on THE WALKING DEAD’s mid-season operner, “After;” capsule comments of home video titles YOUNG DETECTIVE DEA: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON, ZOMBIE NIGHT, and UNIDENTIFIED; and a 50the-anniversary appreciation of the overlooked British Gothic thriller, THE BLACK TORMENT. Also under the microscope: Tuesday’s home video releases, including special collector’s editions of FANTASTIC MR. FOX and DARK MAN, and recent trailers for TRANSCENDENCE and JODOROWSKY’S DUNE.