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    “31 Nights Of Terror” In Their Own Words: Interviews With Masters Of Horror

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on October 25th, 2016

    Most of the time we’re telling you what we think here at Upcomingdiscs. I thought it would be nice to use 31 Nights Of Terror to let you hear what the filmmakers themselves have to say. We have talked to many of them over the years. Take some time to “chill” with some masters of horror.

    Sara Karloff has been keeping the memory of her father alive for decades. Boris Karloff was one of the true masters of horror. Sara’s a friend and it’s always great to talk with her. Join us for one of those talks. Sara Karloff Interview

    Joe Dante reached out to us a few years ago. It was a great honor to talk with him. We share a love for classic horror and Dante is truly a master filmmaker. Joe Dante Interview

    David Hewlett is known mostly for his work as the annoying but brilliant Rodney on Stargate: Atlantis. When I caught up with him he had just worked on the horror film Debug. It was one of my favorite interviews. David Hewltt Interview

    Thomas Dekker played characters from Captain Picard’s son to John Connor in the Terminator series. He also worked on a film called Fear Clinic. That’s when I got the chance to chat with him. Thomas Dekker Interview.

    Felissa Rose was 13 when she appeared in Sleepaway Camp. Imagine my surprise to see her years later in Zombie Killers. That’s when we ended up having our nice talk. Felissa Rose

    Declan O’Brien has been a real friend to Upcomingdiscs. He turned around the Wrong Turn franchise and then did it again with the Joy Ride films. He puts his budget on the screen. I talked to him twice. Wrong Turn Interview & Joy Ride Interview.

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    Upcomingdiscs Visits The Gasparilla International Film Festival (2016)

    Posted in Random Fun by Brent Lorentson on April 15th, 2016

    It has been “Ten years of film,” the Gasparilla International Film Festival touts proudly upon its program magazine. It’s certainly a feat to be proud of for a festival that has had its share of troubles over the years and at one point was seriously close to never happening again.  But in 2016 the festival is ready to kick things off on a beautiful spring day in the heart of downtown Tampa, Florida at the Tampa Theatre for its opening night film Eye in the Sky.  The red carpet is rolled out for this big-time affair that has drawn a fair amount of media attention and plenty of festival-goers to fill the historic theatre to experience this moment when Hollywood comes into our city to put on a cinematic show.  And over the next few days film fans will be flooding down the aisles to look upon the screen, to take in a few films and have a chance to experience a film with the potential to be the next great classic, or perhaps its only public viewing.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” There Is a 13,000 Year Old Black Knight Satellite Orbiting the Earth

    Posted in Random Fun by Paul on October 25th, 2015

    The Black Knight satellite is one of many tantalizing so-called true tales that are circulating on YouTube and various cable outlets like the History Channel. I say so-called true tales because many believe stories about aliens are total nonsense. But not everyone believes so. A National Geographic survey says 77 percent of all Americans believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth. A Harris poll says 68 percent of all Americans believe that Jesus is the son of God. A HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that 45 percent believe in ghosts and 64 percent believe in life after death. A 2009 CBS poll said 78 percent believe in the afterlife. I could go on, but it is all in the same general range.
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    True Detective: Season 2

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on September 1st, 2015

    Popular opinion and so-called critical opinion often seem to careen off cliffs like lemmings in increasingly unpredictable ways guided by whims and subtle shifts in the proverbial winds. I find myself shocked by things praised and things condemned. Sometimes I feel like a little boy who sees a naked emperor while everyone else is shrieking how much they love the new elegant ensemble. In this case, I’m seeing a lovely presentation while there are many who are whining.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Live The Terror at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on October 21st, 2014

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    This last Friday night Upcomingdiscs was invited to attend the 10th annual scare fest at Busch Gardens in Tampa. They call it Howl-O-Scream, and what a scream it is, literally.
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    Hill Street Blues: The New Norm

    Posted in Random Fun, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on May 1st, 2014

    “This is class here, and you don’t ever want to spit on class.”

    All this week we’ve been talking about Hill Street Blues. Why? Because Shout Factory has finally given fans what we’ve literally waited decades to have. The entire seven seasons of Hill Street Blues are finally available in one fine collection. I’ve been hard at work on the review, but we’re talking 144 episodes, and I’m eating them as fast as I can. We hoped to have the review up today, but there is still a little more to watch. In the meantime we have another character profile to keep you going until next week.
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    Hill Street Blues: The Dynamic Duo – Hill & Renko

    Posted in Random Fun, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on April 30th, 2014

    Hill Street Blues is finally out on DVD, and we’re celebrating all week long. Yesterday we shared the various awards that the show has earned in its seven years on television. We’ve also shared a couple of character profiles starting with the Captain and Detective Belker. This time out we’re going to talk about two characters who were patrol officer partners for the entire run of the series. What makes them special is that they were killed off in the pilot. What the heck is that about? Read on, my friend.
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    Hill Street Blues: Belker Takes A Bite (or two) Out Of Crime

    Posted in Random Fun, Release Announcements by Gino Sassani on April 16th, 2014

    “Would you like to sit down or would you prefer internal bleeding?”

    Next on our list is Detective Mick Belker, played by Bruce Weitz. Weitz did such a phenomenal job in the role that he found himself typecast for years after Hill Street ended. On the pilot commentary Bochco tells us that when Weitz went in for auditions he was often asked to growl for them. In a way it’s a shame, but can you blame them?
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Tampa Theatre: Here There Be Ghosts

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on October 31st, 2013

    If you are planning a trip to Tampa, Florida you may already have a list of places you’d like to visit while you are here. I’m sure most of those lists are pretty much the same. Unfortunately, few of those lists likely contain the Tampa Theatre. Who wants to visit a movie theater on their vacation, anyway? You do. Yes, it’s a beautiful historic building dating back to 1926. Of course, you can grab some popcorn and soda and enjoy both recent releases and classic films there. The pipe organ performances alone are worth the price of admission. It was the first commercial building in Tampa to have air conditioning (man-made air, it was advertised at the time), so it’s never a bad idea to get out of the heat. And if you’re into those haunts and ghosts that have populated our 31 Nights of Terror, then you absolutely can’t afford to miss Tampa Theatre. You see it’s also been described by more than one international paranormal expert as the most haunted site in town. Do I have your attention now?
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Big Screen Medical Staff You Wouldn’t Want By Your Bedside

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on October 29th, 2013

    The following cautionary tale is brought to you by the folks at Fox and American Horror Story:Asylum out on DVD/Blu-ray.

    Whilst the criminally insane remain under the care of sadistic medical staff in the second chapter of the Emmy winning series, American Horror Story: Asylum, released this week, we are going to look at our favorite medical villains who prescribe the maximum dose of patient dread and suffering. Are you sure you want that warm sponge-bath sir …?
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” True Stories Of Horror

    Posted in Random Fun by Paul on October 20th, 2013

    What is horror? It is something truly terrible that we are afraid of. War is full of horror, but we tend to compartmentalize that as a fact of life or simple necessity. So we’ll put war aside, because the unspeakable atrocities that occur during war are sanctioned by international law. But it is difficult for me, because the unspeakable nightmare that is war throughout history is the ultimate in horror. When we see the enormously popular The Walking Dead or World War Z, we are seeing a metaphor for war.
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    Happy Father’s Day From The Monsters At Monsters University

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on June 16th, 2013

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    Upcomingdiscs Attends Attorney At Low Premiere

    Posted in Random Fun by John Ceballos on June 4th, 2013

    The tight-knit cast and crew of Attorney at Low weren’t about to let a little rain — ok, it was a lot of rain — dampen their spirits during the movie’s June 1 world premiere. So nobody objected when the red carpet was transported from the sidewalk to the inside of the historic Zephyrhills Home Theatre, as everyone involved with making the indie comedy got the star treatment.
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    Interview with MANBORG Director Steven Kostanski

    Posted in Blog Posts, Random Fun by William O'Donnell on April 24th, 2013


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    Steve Kostanski, a special effects artist working out of Toronto who has been a part on such productions as Silent Hill: Revelation and the upcoming Pacific Rim, began making the film Manborg as a personal project. It was mostly shot in a garage with his friends and a budget of roughly $1000. Now, much to his surprise, the film has become something of a cult sensation as it screens in theatres all over the world as well as receiving a loaded DVD release in almost every region. I spoke to the Director about the explosion of Manborg fandom worldwide:
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    Interview With Frankenweenie Director Tim Burton

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 9th, 2013

    We catch up with iconic film director Tim Burton to find out more…

    Frankenweenie is described as a semi-autobiographical project. Does this mean the younger characters in the movie are based on your classmates from school?

    The kids in the movie are based on various real people, but they are also based on horror icons like Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and dubbed Japanese movies that I remember seeing as a child. They relate to movies and actors, as well as real people that I remember from my childhood. 
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    “31 Nights of Terror” Really Horrifying Top Five Lists

    Posted in Random Fun by Michael Durr on October 30th, 2012

    Whenever the 31 Nights of Terror rolls around, I find myself trying to be a little creative or come up with something different. Now, at first glance, a few top five lists does not scream any sort of real creativity. However, these are not your conventional list five movies and have intellectual conversation where everybody just ends up disagreeing. Oh no, I guarantee you will smile, laugh or at least be encouraged to write my webmaster and demand that I go back to my old job of stalking Alyssa Milano at baseball games. Now that’s really creepy. Let’s go shall we?
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Gethsemane Hall Excerpt

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on October 22nd, 2012

    Faithful readers might remember the name David Annandale. He’s been a member of the Upcomingdisc family since it started. You may have also noticed he hasn’t been reviewing much of late. That’s because he’s busy getting his novels published. That’s right our man David is hitting the big time. We want you to check him out. So, here’s an excerpt from his exceptional horror book: Gethsemane Hall.

    In the dream, he was back at St. Rose’s Church, going through the funeral again. He knew he was dreaming because he felt the pain of repetition, sensed the sadism of a force that would make him experience ritualized loss once again. Knowing that he was dreaming didn’t diminish the pain. The anguish pressed him down, a granite weight, as he tried to stand for the hymn. The injustice of the re-enactment was colossal and could only be for the benefit of a cruel deity’s amusement. Something was laughing at him. He looked up. Standing above the altar was a large wooden crucifix, its Christ bigger than life. The Christ was laughing at him. Now he was looking at the face in close-up, was staring into its wide mouth, could see where the red paint of its throat had chipped, saw lips peeled back from tree-ringed teeth. He couldn’t see Christ’s eyes. He couldn’t see anything but the laugh, the maw of red disappearing to black. The laugh itself was looking at him, the mouth so contorted with mirth that the very expression had become sentient. He tried to yell back at it, to give back his hatred, but the laugh was too huge, too strong, visible even when he closed his eyes. The laugh grew from howl to tsunami roar. Its register climbed hysteria’s ladder, from exultation to frenzy, and finally it was the scream of the heart of the universe.

    Want to read more? Of course, you do. Pick up the book today and be sure to keep an extra light on when you’re finished reading. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    Interview With Jennifer Morrison Of Once Upon A Time

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 1st, 2012

    Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (executive producers of Lost and writers of TRON: Legacy) invite audiences to experience an intriguing twist to the classic fairytales of Snow White, Pinocchio, Red Riding Hood and many more in their thrilling new fantasy series Once Upon A Time. Packed with enchanting icons from the world’s most beloved stories, the show stars a host of talented actors including Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Dallas, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla and Robert Carlyle.

    We chat to actress Jennifer Morrison – who plays Emma Swan in the show – to find out more…
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    Interview With Ginnifer Goodwin From Once Upon A Time

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 31st, 2012

    With the first season of Once Upon A Time about to be released on Blu-ray and DVD, we catch up with acclaimed actress Ginnifer Goodwin to discover more about the fantasy show. What does Ginnifer think of the two characters she plays? Why does she think the series has become so popular? And what secrets can she uncover about the first season? Read on for the answers…
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    Revenge: Interview With Emily VanCamp

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 27th, 2012

    ABC’s popular thriller Revenge follows the story of Emily Thorne [played by Emily VanCamp], a new arrival in the Hamptons. By all appearances, Emily is a friendly and sophisticated ‘girl next door’, whose disarming charm and generosity allow her seamless access to the restricted circles of Hamptons’ high society. But the affluent, exclusive world she’s immersed herself in is tied to a dark family history, and Emily Thorne is anything but what she seems.
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    Pixar Delivers A Brave Witch’s Brew

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on June 23rd, 2012

    As promised, here’s more in our weekend coverage of Pixar’s Brave. On Sunday we’ll be posting a review. In the meantime check out this Witch’s Brew.

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    Hitting The Nuts

    Posted in Random Fun by Archive Authors on March 14th, 2012

    Hitting the Nuts is an independent poker film about an annual small-town poker tournament and the players that play in it.  Similar to the movie The Grand, this film was done in a “mockumentary”-style format but with a cast of unknown actors.  The movie centers around several larger-than-life characters.  There is Ezekiel Yoder, played by director Joe Boyd, an Amish farmer who has lost everything and is playing in this tournament in order to save his farm. Carol Marshal is a redhead waitress in her mid 40’s who is the eternal flirt but is also crafty at the poker table.
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    War Horse Interview With Horse Trainer Bobby Lovgren

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on December 27th, 2011

    When you think of Steven Spielberg you often think of Aliens and Dinosaurs. War Horse has been a labor of love for the director. The film follows the story of an incredible horse through World War I and a young man’s will to be reunited. It’s one of those perfect family movies for the holidays. I strongly recommend you check it out. We’re going to run a series of non-exclusive interviews this week. Keep checking for more coverage of War Horse. This interview is with Bobby Lovgren, who trained the horses for the film.
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    Happy Thanksgiving From Your Friends At Upcomingdiscs

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on November 24th, 2011

    With Thanksgiving Day upon us we’ve decided that what we’re thankful for this year is all of our faithful readers and supporters.

    Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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    Play Hide And Tweet With Super 8 and Win A Collector’s Item

    Posted in Random Fun by Gino Sassani on November 16th, 2011

    HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 15, 2011) – Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) invites fans across the country to enter into the world of mystery and adventure created by director J.J. Abrams in his sensational coming-of-age story SUPER 8with a unique Twitter promotion.  In celebration of the film’s home entertainment debut on November 22, PHE will hide Blu-ray/DVD Combo Packs signed by J.J. Abrams in 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada and begin offering clues to the locations today via the film’s @Super8Movie Twitter account and Super8Tweet.com.  Each day, the clues will get more specific until all of the prizes are found.
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