VIDEOMANIA! Movie Review: “Amityville Horror II: The Possession”


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Amityville II: The Possession
Director: Damiano Damiani
Writers: Hans Holzer, Tommy Lee Wallace, Dardano Sacchetti
Starring: Jack Magner, Burt Young, James Olson, Diane Franklin

Quentin Tarantino, in the pages of Video Watchdog #172, cited Amityville Horror II: The Possession as one of his top 50 sequels of all time. That surprised me, as up to that point I have only heard pretty negative things about it—this, despite the fact it’s obvious the film had some sort of an influence on the crop of “retro” horror flicks like V/H/S (for example, compare the creepy hands emanating out of the walls from both).

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“Happy Death Day” Trounces “Blade Runner: 2049” In Weekend Box-Office


Adding to the woes of the critically well received but under-performing Blade Runner: 2049, the relatively low-budget Blumhouse horror movie Happy Death Day trounced it in last weekend’s box-office. To say this is an “upset” for big-budget “franchise” movies—already struggling after a terrible Summer—is an understatement.

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“The Tick” Star Griffin Newman Regrets Appearing In Woody Allen’s Next Movie


In a powerful series of tweets, Griffin Newman, who plays Arthur in the TV show The Tick, said he regrets appearing in the upcoming as-of-yet-untitled Woody Allen movie—and that he donated his entire salary on the picture to RAINN:

I need to get this off my chest:
– I worked on Woody Allen’s next movie.
– I believe he is guilty.
– I donated my entire salary to RAINN.

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Further Alamo Revelations, Or, “Why I’m No Longer Buying From Mondo”


The last item I purchased from Mondo was a t-shirt from the movie Full Metal Jacket. It was of the character “Private Joker,” who spends most of the movie sort of staring in increasing horror at the bullshit that unfolds around him.

Mondo is a “movie collectibles” company which is an off-shoot of Alamo Drafthouse. I am the the key demographic—it would seem—for Mondo’s products, which in addition to shirts include special edition vinyl records and the like.

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A Message From A Former “Geek Girl”

val-cartoonI feel like “geek culture” on both sides, left and right, has become really toxic. There’s got to be a better way to do this. I don’t feel “represented” or comfortable on either side. One side has a pre-judgement on me and my work because I’m female, and the other side claims to be my “champions” but has a long history of being *massive* hypocrites on the issue of feminism and diversity.

And the sad fact is, I’ve been able to have better conversations with people who outright identify themselves as “anti-feminist” or whatever than I have with people (men and women) who aggressively identify as progressive; because at least I know where the former really stands, whereas I’ve had so many bad experiences and betrayals with the latter. And I could write like ten pages of specifics on this point.

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Jared Leto “Confused” About Multiple Cinematic Jokers


When recently asked about the “multiple Jokers” kerfuffle, “current Joker” (you know, if we leave Mark Hamill and that kid from Gotham out of it) Jared Leto gave a diplomatic response that recognized the sort of chaotic nature of it all, but conceded that “there’s no ownership” for the character.

Said Leto to On Demand Entertainment:

“I’m a little confused, too…I love the Joker. He’s a great character and really fun character to play. But it’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. There are other films that are in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”

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“The Accountant” Director To Helm “Suicide Squad 2”


The fast-tracked sequel to Suicide Squad 2 just got a directorThe Accountant‘s Gavin O’Connor.

Mel Gibson and Guy Ritchie were both considered for the job earlier in the year (those would have been some interesting choices), and The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra was the frontrunner during the summer until he took on Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

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