Saturday, 18 May 2013
Over at Starburst Magazine my buddy Martin Unsworth reports on the exciting news of Brian Yuzna's attendence at this year's Cine Excess in Brighton.
"Readers in the Brighton area who are fans of satirical '80s body horror classic SOCIETY may wish to get down to the Komedia where on 23rd of May CINE EXCESS will be hosting a special screening of the film, with director/producer BRIAN YUZNA providing a Q&A afterwards! Don't miss this rare chance to meet the man who produced the RE-ANIMATOR series and FROM BEYOND!
Here's the full press release for the event:
CINE EXCESS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON PRESENTS
A SPECIALLY REMASTERED SCREENING OF CULT HORROR CLASSIC
SOCIETY FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH DIRECTOR/PRODUCER BRIAN YUZNA
DATE: THURSDAY 23rd MAY TIME: 9.15pm
VENUE: DUKE’S at KOMEDIA, BRIGHTON
The Cine Excess International Film Festival and the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts are delighted to welcome myth-making director/producer Brian Yuzna to the region, where he will present a special screening of his cult film classic Society, as well as to give a career talk to film students studying at the University’s Hastings Campus the following day. He will be interviewed on stage by Cine Excess Director, Dr. Xavier Mendik, Lecturer in film studies at University of Brighton and author of BFI’s 100 Cult Films.
Society (1989) is a deliciously dark satire on the darker underbelly of modern life.Billy (Billy Warlock) is feels he’s different to the rest of his family. They seem to relish an upper class life of social parties whilst he prefers to be more down-to-earth.His suspicions extend to his own girlfriend but when David (Tim Bartell) his sister’s boyfriend, dies mysteriously after showing him a tape, he returns home to find a bizarre party in full swing which reveals the true horrors of his upbringing, a heritage he’s now expected to embrace.
Brian Yuzna has been producing cult exploitation films for quarter of a century in the spirit of Roger Corman. His directorial debut Society (1989) mixed horror and satire, and his passion for HP Lovecraft led to him also making Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Re-Animator 2 (1989) and Necromicon (1993). He also co-produced and co-wrote the Disney hit comedy Honey I Shrunk The Kids (1990), as well as working with Christophe Gans on the manga inspired Crying Freeman (1995). Having later set up The Fantastic Factory production company in Spain, Yuzna went onto produce a series of small budget fantasy titles such as Arachnid (2001), Dagon (2001), Darkness (2002) Beyond Re-Animator (2003) and The Nun (2005), before returning to directing with Amphibious 3-D (2010).
Brian Yuzna’s visit is one of a number of new initiatives linked to the recent relocation of the Cine-Excess festival to the University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts. These also include the launch of the new industry meets academia Cine-Excess E-Journal, which is released is May 2013, and a new Digital Film BA (Hons) degree which is currently enrolling for September 2013.
Tickets are available from Duke’s at Komedia box office tel: 0871 902 5728 or online."
CLASSIC HORROR, SCI-FI AND CULT MOVIE SCREENINGS
Remember the days when the BBC would screen late-night classic horror double bills and cult science-fiction movie seasons on a regular basis? Well, you can recapture those halcyon days in the comfort of the Roxy Bar and Screen, one of London’s leading boutique cinema venues near London Bridge. Saturday and Sunday afternoons will never be the same again as your hosts Cyberschizoid, Filmbar70 and Dr Karen Oughton guide you through an eclectic selection of classic cult movie screenings over the next few months.
On Saturday June 1st special guest Francoise Pascal (Mind Your Language, The Iron Rose) joins the gang for a unique screening of The Flesh and the Fiends (1959) and Burke and Hare (1971) both based on the true story of the famous Edinburgh grave robbers!
Sunday 16th June brings a classic sci-fi double bill – a tribute to legendary stop-motion special-effects maestro Ray Harryhausen – Earth vs The Flying Saucers (1956) and First Men In The Moon (1964).
In July we have a Blood-Sucking Vampire Double Bill of Nosferatu (1922) and House of Dark Shadows (1970) as well as a Sexy Space Opera Double Bill featuring Barbarella (1968) and Starcrash (1978).
Later in the year, look forward to a special Peter Cushing double bill, the Scalarama cult film festival, a werewolf triple-bill, The Blob (1958) and The Incredible Melting Man (1977) all sponsored by Shock Horror Magazine!
Tickets available from - http://www.wegottickets.com/classichorrorcampaign
For our future screenings check the CLASSIC HORROR CAMPAIGN website - http://www.classichorrorcampaign.com/events/
SHOCK HORROR MAGAZINE - http://www.shockhorrormagazine.com/
DOCTOR KAREN OUGHTON - http://www.27061979.co.uk/
CYBERSCHIZOID - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cyberschizoid/386004161495028
ROXY BAR AND SCREEN - http://www.roxybarandscreen.com/
Saturday, 11 May 2013
The BBC horror double bills of the 1970s and 1980s have a place close to my heart, as they do for many British horror fans. In fact I trace the origins of this project to a specific date: 22 July 1978. That was the night BBC2 screened a double bill of The Quatermass Experiment and The Crazies. The first film I loved but the second film... it changed my life. And those double bills did the same for many fans, journalists and film-makers.
So I'm delighted to have Richard Gladman (aka Cyberschizoid ) on this week's Friday Night Frights to talk about the Classic Horror Campaign - his initiative to persuade the BBC to bring back the classic horror double bill. Richard's campaign has the support of many industry names and both his websites are nominated for this year's Rondo Awards.
Good Luck to Richard. I hope he wins and I hope you all go to the Rondos to vote for him, as well as signing his On-line petition
Liten to the podcast here