Thursday, 19 June 2014

Attack From Planet B #27 - Albert Pyun's Arcade (1993) 88 Films DVD

Directed by Albert Pyun, and released in 1993, Arcade is a science fiction horror movie centred around a virtual reality arcade machine which challenges it’s players to win…or lose your own sense of reality!

Written by Charles Band and David S. Goyer, known later for the Blade series of Marvel Comics feature films, Arcade is an interesting movie that predates the much (much) larger budgeted Stephen King adaption The Lawnmower Man (1992).

Initially Full Moon Entertainment had intended to release Arcade in 1991 straight to video, but Albert Pyun and Charles Band were both unhappy with how the computer generated imagery turned out. The CGI was therefore re-produced, resulting in Arcade’s release being held back until 1993.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

Attack From Planet B #26 - John Alan Schwartz's FACES OF DEATH (1978)

aka The Original Faces of Death

Faces of Death contains real stock footage of accidents, suicides, autopsies, and executions. But, when the stock footage was unable to tell the entire story, the filmmakers created scenes of staged violence, editing it together to create a coherent narrative. It is a fascinating insight into the world of mondo filmmaking that began with Mondo Cane in 1962.

Released in 1878, Faces of Death was added to the DPP list of ‘video nasties’ in 1983 and prosecuted in the United Kingdom under the Obscene Publications Act. The film remained unavailable in the country until it finally saw a censored release in 2003. Faces of Death has yet to be released uncut in the United Kingdom at the time of writing.

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Attack From Planet B #25 - Albert and Charles Band's DOCTOR MORDRID (1992) 88 Films DVD

Directed by Albert and Charles Band, and released in 1992 by Full Moon Entertainment, Doctor Mordrid is a fantasy adventure set in New York city.

Charles Band had originally acquired an option to produce a live-action adaptation based on the Marvel Comics character of Doctor Strange. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the character of Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon and practising sorcerer, debuted in 1963. Unfortunately for Charles Band and Full Moon Entertainment, the option expired before production could begin. But rather than scrap any pre-production that was already completed on the project, Charles opted to rework the script, adding additional violence and nudity so that the newly titled Doctor Mordrid could compete in the home video market.

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