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    • Merry Christmas, Screen Gems!

      4 years ago

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      To All a Goodnight (1980)
      ¡Feliz Navidad, Screen Gem fanáticos! Come on in, shake the ice off your boots and warm yourselves with a warm glass of Holiday Glögg. Did you guys think we forgot you this Christmas? It’s been a weird year to be sure and I know we haven’t been around that much… But tis the season for miracles, right? Besides, it’s just not the holidays unless we can gather together in a darkened theater to get festively schnockered while watching some of the cheesiest holiday horror films ever made. And don’t worry, tonight’s festive flick doesn’t disappoint. We got one more seasonal slasher you can add to your yearly viewings of ‘Black Christmas’ & ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’. So lets start a new tradition with a movie I’m sure you’ve never heard of, ’Too All a Goodnight’!

      It’s kind of like if ‘The Sorority House Massacre’ was made more like a cartoon Christmas special. Sounds like a holiday classic, am I right? And just like every other Santa Slasher out there, you got a a killer dressed up just like the fat man knocking over coeds left and right. But I need to point out right away exactly when this movie came out, January 30th 1980. Need I remind you that this is a CHRISTMAS horror flick. Forget the fact that this movie overshot its mark by well over a month. That’s not what’s important. What is significant is that this flick came out four months before a little cinematic treasure called, ‘Friday the 13th’. Why is this important? Well we have to sneak a peek at our presents a little early, so SPOILERS! See the twist ending of this flick is that the psycho Santa was really a murderous Mrs. Claus all along, and her motive for her yule-time killing spree is eerily similar to a certain Mamma Voorhees. I think Victor Miller, the writer for the original ‘Friday the 13th’ has some explaining to do. He’s already admitted to ripping off 'Halloween', but I think somewhere in his research he may have gotten the idea of a female killer from this flick.

      But while this movie isn’t anywhere near the league of those two amazing flicks it does have a horror movie pedigree attached to it. It was made by the one time director, David Hess. This was the guy who played one of the most sadistic horror movie baddies. You guys remember Krug from the original ‘The Last House on the Left’? The namesake inspiration for Freddy Kruger. Yeah, when Wes Craven was a kid he was terrorized by the school bully, a kid named was Kruger, so Wes used the name in a lot of his earlier flicks. But forget the namesake, Hess’ performance was a stellar one in ‘Last House’, and is one of the scariest villains on film. Seriously, he’s right up there with Darth Vader and Leatherface.

      But sadly, while Hess makes a helluva a psycho, his directing isn’t nearly as good. Don’t get me wrong, its a fun little flick, but this is definitely one of the lesser holiday horror pictures. So drink up, it can only make this turkey better…

      Let’s get those Drive-In Totals:
      We Have:
      15 Dead Bodies
      7 Breasts
      6 Sexy Sorority Sluts
      3 Bumbling Detectives
      1 Creepy Caretaker
      Holiday Hazing
      Bimbo Stabbing
      Bimbo Druging
      Bimbo Choking
      Spontaneous Voguing
      Santa Stalking
      Roofied House Mother
      Tone Deaf Guitar Serenade
      Throat Slitting
      Beaten To Death
      Axe to the Face
      Severed Head Hanging from Shower Head
      Mid Make-Out Garroting
      Blood Sprayed Bimbo
      Double Kill By a Dual Prop-Plane Propeller, a.k.a. Rotor Blade Fu
      Head Rolls
      Chunks Roll
      Exploding Coed
      Multiple Shallow Graves
      Multiple Bimbos Over Balconies
      Multiple Saint Nick Slashers
      Gratuitous Pornstar
      Gratuitous Over Sexed Bimbos
      Various Psycho Santa Fu
      Axe Fu
      Giant Butcher Knife Fu
      Crossbow Fu
      Drive-In Academy Awards Goes to Leia the Cheesy Theater Major Nympho Doing Her Doped Up Ballet Dancing Routine in the Background for the Last Twenty Minutes of the Flick!
      2 & 1/2 Stars!
      Check it out! And someone pass me another Glögg before it gets cold… that stuff is tasty…

      And sorry about the whole spoiler thing, but don’t you worry, there’s actually ANOTHER surprise twist after that one. See this flick is the gift that just keeps giving.

      And I almost forgot, as I mentioned in the Drive-In Totals we got a pornstar cameo in this picture. Don’t get too excited because it’s Harry Reems. But we all remember Harry’s big picture right? Costar to Linda Lovelace in 'Deepthroat'! That’s another great picture that keeps giving and giving…

      Ah… I mean.. let start the show! Merry Christmas, Screen Gems!


      Back to the Flix! Roll it!!

      â€We should open our Christmas presents, that might cheer us up. But it isn’t time, we should wait and do it proper. If we’re around that long!

      ’To All a Goodnight Full Movie

    • Merry Christmas, Screen Gems!

      4 years ago

      Screen Gems

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      To All a Goodnight (1980)
      ¡Feliz Navidad, Screen Gem fanáticos! Come on in, shake the ice off your boots and warm yourselves with a hot glass of Holiday Glögg. Did you guys think we forgot you this Christmas? It’s been a weird year to be sure and I know we haven’t been around that much… But tis the season for miracles, right? Besides, it’s just not the holidays unless we can gather together in a darkened theater to get festively schnockered while watching some of the cheesiest holiday horror films ever made. And don’t worry, tonight’s festive flick doesn’t disappoint. We got one more seasonal slasher you can add to your yearly viewings of ‘Black Christmas’ & ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’. So lets start a new tradition with a movie I’m sure you’ve never heard of, ’Too All a Goodnight’!

      It’s kind of like if ‘The Sorority House Massacre’ was made more like a cartoon Christmas special. Sounds like a holiday classic, am I right? And just like every other Santa Slasher out there, you got a a killer dressed up just like the fat man knocking over coeds left and right. But I need to point out right away exactly when this movie came out... January 30th, 1980! Need I remind you that this is a CHRISTMAS horror flick. Forget the fact that this movie overshot its mark by well over a month. That’s not what’s important. What is significant is that this flick came out four months before a little cinematic treasure called, ‘Friday the 13th’. Why is this important? Well we have to sneak a peek at our presents a little early, so SPOILERS! See the twist ending of this flick is that the psycho Santa was really a murderous Mrs. Claus all along, and her motive for her yule-time killing spree is eerily similar to a certain Mamma Voorhees. I think Victor Miller, the writer for the original ‘Friday the 13th’ has some explaining to do. He’s already admitted to ripping off ‘Halloween’, but I think somewhere in his research he may have gotten the idea of a female killer from this flick.

      But while this movie isn’t anywhere near the league of those two amazing flicks it does have a horror movie pedigree attached to it. It was made by the one time director, David Hess. This was the guy who played one of the most sadistic horror movie baddies. You guys remember Krug from the original ‘The Last House on the Left’? The namesake inspiration for Freddy Kruger. Yeah, when Wes Craven was a kid he was terrorized by the school bully, a kid named was Kruger, so Wes used the name in a lot of his earlier flicks. But forget the namesake, Hess’ performance was a stellar one in ‘Last House’, and is one of the scariest villains on film. Seriously, he’s right up there with Darth Vader and Leatherface.

      But sadly, while Hess makes a helluva a psycho, his directing isn’t nearly as good. Don’t get me wrong, its a fun little flick, but this is definitely one of the lesser holiday horror pictures. So drink up, it can only make this turkey better…

      Let’s get those Drive-In Totals:
      We Have:
      15 Dead Bodies
      7 Breasts
      6 Sexy Sorority Sluts
      3 Bumbling Detectives
      1 Creepy Caretaker
      Holiday Hazing
      Bimbo Stabbing
      Bimbo Druging
      Bimbo Choking
      Spontaneous Voguing
      Santa Stalking
      Roofied House Mother
      Tone Deaf Guitar Serenade
      Throat Slitting
      Beaten To Death
      Axe to the Face
      Severed Head Hanging from Shower Head
      Mid Make-Out Garroting
      Blood Sprayed Bimbo
      Double Kill By a Dual Prop-Plane Propeller, a.k.a. Rotor Blade Fu
      Head Rolls
      Chunks Roll
      Exploding Coed
      Multiple Shallow Graves
      Multiple Bimbos Over Balconies
      Multiple Saint Nick Slashers
      Gratuitous Pornstar
      Gratuitous Over Sexed Bimbos
      Various Psycho Santa Fu
      Axe Fu
      Giant Butcher Knife Fu
      Crossbow Fu
      Drive-In Academy Awards Goes to Leia the Cheesy Theater Major Nympho Doing Her Doped Up Ballet Dancing Routine in the Background for the Last Twenty Minutes of the Flick!
      2 & 1/2 Stars!
      Check it out! And someone pass me another Glögg before it gets cold… that stuff is tasty…

      And sorry about the whole spoiler thing, but don’t you worry, there’s actually ANOTHER surprise twist after that one. See this flick is the gift that just keeps giving.

      And I almost forgot, as I mentioned in the Drive-In Totals we got a pornstar cameo in this picture. Don’t get too excited because it’s Harry Reems. But we all remember Harry’s big picture right? Costar to Linda Lovelace in ‘Deepthroat’! That’s another great picture that keeps giving and giving…

      Ah… I mean.. let start the show! Merry Christmas, Screen Gems!


      Back to the Flix! Roll it!!

      â€We should open our Christmas presents, that might cheer us up. But it isn’t time, we should wait and do it proper. If we’re around that long!

      ’To All a Goodnight Full Movie

    • Merry Thanksgiving!! (wait...)

      4 years ago

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      Okay... so sue us for putting up the Christmas decorations a tad early this year. Hey, this is nothing, my tree went up the weekend after Halloween just because of World of Warcraft's Warlords of Dreanor expansion last Thursday. It was either put them up early, or not at all, which is kind of what I'm getting at here. Firstly, some very good news. I'm outta the current job and heading into a new one starting December 1st! It's been a hard 6 months looking for a new position, but I finally found one. This one pays better, travels all over, and most importantly will network me with lots of groups, so I shouldn't have the same problems as before. That's the good news, the bad is that I'm making the leap during one of the most frustrating, tiresome, not to mention expensive, months of the year!

      This is my last official full week at the old job, and I work right up till Turkey day next week. And after a crazy 4 day weekend of Black Friday sales invasions and eating my weight in leftover mashed potatoes, I start my new job the following Monday. So if you thought the past six months were barren on this page... well maybe we should throw some tinsel in the tumbleweeds and just call it a day.

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      Instead, the holiday decor has gone up a week or so earlier than usual, giving us just a little time to work something out by this Christmas too, even if its just stocking-stuffers. As for the future of the group, well that's too early to tell. While this new gig doesn't seem nearly as demanding as the old one, I won't really know until I get there, so figuring out a writing schedule will only come in time. Not to mention I have to account for all the traveling that this new position calls for. More importantly, I'm hoping I'll eventually have a more flexible income for a new site altogether. And flying free from the RT tether seems to be the most appealing choice. I've loved this site and its many awesome inhabitants, but our own place means we can do whatever we want. Stay up late, sleep till noon, sitting around in our undies playing video games repeating the cycle; you know, all the stuff your mom wouldn't let you get away with at home. As freeing as this place is, especially compared to most social media sites, we still got to limit ourselves quite a bit.

      So that's the ultimate plan. In the next five weeks before the holidays expect at least one more festive post, then its radio silence through the break. We hope to be back by March with either an official posting itinerary, or something much more!

      Until then, pass the gravy and enjoy murdering as many turkeys as you possibly can!

      Thx,
      The Mgt.

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    • HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

      4 years ago

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      I love the fact that in a world where the Christmas decorations go on sale a day after Labor Day, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! still breaks records and even beats out new shows in the ratings. It tells me that the Halloween Spirit is alive and kicking open its casket to terrorize and entertain the masses.

      I wanted to have something up for the week of Halloween since this was our first year without a horror movie marathon, so why not go back to our roots and release a final HALLOWEEN poster for the season. Its a spoof on the 1980 monster movie, 'Humanoids from the Deep' (the European release one-sheet at least). It really harkens back to those schlocky flicks of the 50s & 60s and really embraces that drive-in spirit.

      So grab a giant bowl of candy and some popcorn balls and watch all 25 of The Simpson's Treehouse of Horrors back to back to get ready for Friday the 31st!

      HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
      Thx, the Mgt!

    • This is Halloween!

      4 years ago

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      Looks like I'm getting this one just under the wire. We are continuing the hiatus here at Screen Gems, the weeds have over grown the poor drive-in lot and the screen has faded and rusted in places, not to mention the concessions stand has seen better days. But its still creeping closer to Halloween and I'm determined to spread a bit of the season. And we're doing that with three drive-in Halloween Posters!

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      First up, in honor of the first horror of the season coming this Friday, our Annabelle spoof. I don't know if the movie will be any good, but I wanted spoof at least one modern day flick

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      Next up, our take on the classic Friday the 13th one sheet. I wasn't 100% pleased with last year's Halloween poster so here's another attempt at the F13 franchise.

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      And finally, a classic film and a favorite poster of mine, The Shining. I really think all the yellow really lends itself to the popcorn. One of Jack's best pictures, for sure.

      I really do hope to have something to put up this Halloween season. Nothing like in previous years, but something to celebrate the best holiday ever. Its the very reason this whole group was started in the first place. The job hunt has taken a bit of an up swing as of late, and I hope to be in a new place in the next few weeks. So we'll wait and see!

      As for the future of Screen Gems, well my wish for a more permanent place on the web is looking more and promising. I have a web developer that I'm working with and the frame work in development. Now if this new job comes through, I can put some money aside for server fees and the like. So hang on, we've got more coming!

      And Happy Halloween!

      THX,
      The Mgt.

    • Our fearful trip is done.

      4 years ago

      Screen Gems

      Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Dies at 63 in Suspected Suicide
      By A. O. SCOTT
      AUG. 11, 2014

      Robin Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived, says film critic A. O. Scott. And the only thing faster than Williams’s mouth was his mind.
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      Some years ago, at a party at the Cannes Film Festival, I was leaning against a rail watching a fireworks display when I heard a familiar voice behind me. Or rather, at least a dozen voices, punctuating the offshore explosions with jokes, non sequiturs and off-the-wall pop-cultural, sexual and political references.

      There was no need to turn around: The voices were not talking directly to me and they could not have belonged to anyone other than Robin Williams, who was extemporizing a monologue at least as pyrotechnically amazing as what was unfolding against the Mediterranean sky. I’m unable to recall the details now, but you can probably imagine the rapid-fire succession of accents and pitches — macho basso, squeaky girly, French, Spanish, African-American, human, animal and alien — entangling with curlicues of self-conscious commentary about the sheer ridiculousness of anyone trying to narrate explosions of colored gunpowder in real time.

      Very few people would try to upstage fireworks, and probably only Robin Williams could have succeeded. I doubt anyone asked him for his play-by-play, an impromptu performance for a small, captive group, and I can’t say if it arose from inspiration or compulsion. Maybe there’s not really a difference. Whether or not anyone expected him to be, and maybe whether or not he entirely wanted to be, he was on.

      Part of the shock of his death on Monday came from the fact that he had been on — ubiquitous, self-reinventing, insistently present — for so long. On Twitter, mourners dated themselves with memories of the first time they had noticed him. For some it was the movie “Aladdin.†For others “Dead Poets Society†or “Mrs. Doubtfire.†I go back even further, to the “Mork and Mindy†television show and an album called “Reality — What a Concept†that blew my eighth-grade mind.

      Back then, it was clear that Mr. Williams was one of the most explosively, exhaustingly, prodigiously verbal comedians who ever lived. The only thing faster than his mouth was his mind, which was capable of breathtaking leaps of free-associative absurdity. Janet Maslin, reviewing his standup act in 1979, cataloged a tumble of riffs that ranged from an impression of Jacques Cousteau to “an evangelist at the Disco Temple of Comedy,†to Truman Capote Jr. at “the Kindergarten of the Stars†(whatever that was). “He acts out the Reader’s Digest condensed version of ‘Roots,’ †Ms. Maslin wrote, “which lasts 15 seconds in its entirety. He improvises a Shakespearean-sounding epic about the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, playing all the parts himself, including Einstein’s ghost.†(That, or something like it, was a role he would reprise more than 20 years later in Steven Spielberg’s “A.I.â€)

      Onstage, Mr. Williams’s speed allowed him to test audience responses and to edit and change direction on the fly. He simultaneously explained and acted out this process in “Come Inside My Mind,†a two-and-a-half-minute tour de force of manic meta — “I’m doing great! I’m improvising like crazy! No you’re not, you fool! You’re just doing pee-pee-ca-ca, no substance!†But if Mr. Williams was often self-aware, commenting on what he was doing as he was doing it, he was rarely arch or insincere. He could, as an actor, succumb to treacliness sometimes — maybe more than sometimes — but his essential persona as an entertainer combined neediness and generosity, intelligence and kindness, in ways that were charming and often unexpectedly moving as well.

      In his periodic post-“Mork and Mindy†television appearances (on “The Larry Sanders Show†and more recently on “Louieâ€), he often played sly, sad or surprising versions of himself, the Robin Williams some of us had known and loved since childhood, which means an entertainer we sometimes took for granted or allowed ourselves to tire of. Many of his memorable big-screen performances were variations on that persona — madcap, motor-mouthed, shape-shifting jokers like the genie in “Aladdin,†the anti-authoritarian D.J. in “Good Morning Vietnam,†Parry in “The Fisher King†and even the redoubtable Mrs. Doubtfire herself.

      That was a role within a role, of course, and Mr. Williams’s best serious movie characters — or maybe we should say the non-silly ones, since an element of playfulness was always there — had a similar doubleness. Watching him acting in earnest, you could not help but be aware of the exuberance, the mischief, that was being held in check, and you couldn’t help but wonder when, how or if it would burst out. That you knew what he was capable of made his feats of self-control all the more exciting. You sometimes felt that he was aware of this, and that he enjoyed the sheer improbability of appearing as the straight man, the heavy, the voice of reason.

      He was very good at playing it cool or quiet or restrained as other actors in his movies — Nathan Lane in “The Birdcage,†Robert DeNiro in “Awakenings,†Matt Damon in “Good Will Hunting†— brought the heat, the noise or the wildness. He was an excellent and disciplined character actor, even as he was also an irrepressible, indelible character, a voice — or voices — that many of us have been hearing for as long as we can remember.

    • News Reel

      4 years ago

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      Well Comic-Con San Diego 2014 has come and gone, and now fans the world over can start obsessing over a whole new crop of geekdom. From Walking Dead to Game of Thrones, no stone of the Pop Culture Pantheon was left unturned. I just wanted to spotlight one movie in particular that made a trailer debut at Comicon this year and that's the latest theatrical film by writer, director & podcaster Kevin Smith.

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      For any of you that havn't seen the trailer of 'TUSK', should do so immediately. After having been so disappointed by his last major flicks, namely 'Red State', I had all but written the auteur off as relic of the 90s. Then I got into his amazing collection of podcasts on Stitcher and have been born again in the fandom that is Fat Kev Smith. Seriously, check out Hollywood Babble-On if you're a fan of shows like 'The Nerdist'. Not only that look for a televised version of it on AMC possibly this Fall. They honestly should just rename that channel from AMC to KEV, the man is taking it over one show slot at a time.

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      Now back to 'Tusk', which was originally conceived on one of the many podcasts hosted by the too-fat-to-fly movie maker. It hosts a great, and dynamic cast (Justin Long & Hayley Jo Osmond). A great villain (Micheal Parks). And premise too weird to believe that it all came from a real life personals ad: looking for a roommate, free room and board provided that tenant dress up like a lifelike walrus during the allotted agreement.

      Coming out this September 19th, and must watch for this Halloween season!

      TUSK the trailer.

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