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FFEATURE FILM
Terror in the Tropics
DVD $7

Terror in the Tropics

The lovely and innocent Mary Ankers has been named a beneficiary in the will of a mysterious stranger, but to claim the money Mary must travel to the mysterious Fog Island where the will is to be read at midnight! Aboard the S.S. Enterprise, en route to Fog Island, Mary meets Madame Ouspenskaya, Count Vega, Edna Oliver and the handsome Grant Gardner. They too have been named in the will. Luckily Mary has sassy star reporter Roz Darrow and photographer "Ace" Zucco along to watch over her. Roz and Ace soon find their destiny colliding with that of P.I. Mike Flanigan, who is helping famed detective Mr. Wong. Flanigan and Wong are investigating a murder that occurred in the office of Merian C. Cooper on the RKO movie lot. Flanigan's gut tells him there is something sinister about the will and accompanies Roz, Mary and Ace to Fog Island. On the island they meet creepy doctors Armand and Vitus Tesla and their grim staff who have evil plans for Miss Mary. Can Mike Flanigan and Grant Gardner protect her from the Terror in the Tropics?

Inspired by film noir tribute Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, writer/director A. Susan Svehla uses footage and dialogue from Poverty Row classics starring Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. to create a completely new film, albeit a homage to Monogram, PRC and Chesterfield. Although filmed in 2005, Terror in the Tropics channels the B spirit of the 1930s and '40s. With it's black and white photography, emulsion scratches, snappy dialogue and fondness for its subject, the film seamlessly blends modern photography with 70-year-old film clips.

 

DVD $7

 

 

 

FEATURE FILM
Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb
DVD $10

Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb

A 3000 year-old mummy arises to terrorize intrepid adventurers Ace Zucco, Mike Flannigan and reporter Fay Kendal, on assignment in the Middle East. The team is searching for Rick Banning, an archeologist who has disappeared without a trace amid reports that he had rediscovered the lost legendary city of Lemuria. The fearless trio follow Banning's trail from London to Scotland and finally Egypt. Their quest leads them to the fabled lost city where evil Queen Amanetor has prepared a deadly welcome.

Includes "special appearances" by Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., Lionel Atwill, Leo Gorcey, Peter Lorre, George Zucco and Barbara Stanwyck.

Also stars Leanna Chamish, Nikolai Volkoff, Leo Wayne Dymowski, Nikita Breznikov, Heidi Emmer and Nicole Keller.

DVD bonus features include Blooper Reel, Audio Commentary and Trailer.

Will make any poverty row film fan grin with glee as our actors interact with Lugosi from Return of Chandu,  Lon Chaney,   Peter Lorre, Lionel Atwill, George Zucco and Barbara Stanwyck.

 

MIDMAR DOCUMENTARY
Samuel Z. Arkoff

DVD $10

The FANEX film convention was held in Baltimore/Washington D.C. from 1984 through 2004. Over that time hundreds of actors and filmmakers from the world of classic horror films attended and spoke to their delighted star-struck fans. Samuel Z. Arkoff is the subject of this FANEX File, a documentary series focusing on the discussions and panels presented at the convention over the years. This talk was filmed at the FANEX Classic FilmFest in 2000 and was conducted by writer Tom Weaver. In addition to Mr. Arkoff, well known writers participated in the documentary as well as the king of the B's, Roger Corman.

Samuel Z. Arkoff, along with James Nicholson, founded the immensely successful American International Pictures. AIP discovered an untapped audience in the American teenager and proceeded to turn independent filmmaking on its head as they churned out drive-in double features overflowing with misunderstood teen heroes, horrific monsters, reform school girls, and leather-jacketed tough guys. Many titles were notable for their spectacular poster art, still highly sought by collectors today. Arkoff, with his unerring eye for talent, helped launch the careers of Roger Corman, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Michael Landon and Dennis Hopper. Midnight Marquee, Longthrow and Alpha are proud to honor the legendary Samuel Z. Arkoff, a perfect subject for the FANEX Files documentary series.19 years of guest interviews lovingly compiled into a documentary series featuring trailers, interviews and commentary by legends of classic horror films and well-known film writers and remembrances by FANEX staffers

Samuel Z. Arkoff
DVD $10

 

fanex files hammer

MIDMAR DOCUMENTARY
Hammer Films

DVD $10

 

FANEX Film Conventions were held in Baltimore/Washington D.C. from 1984 through 2004. Over that time, hundreds of actors and filmmakers from the world of classic horror films attended and spoke, to the delight of their many fans who traveled from across North America to see them. The iconic and sexy stars at Hammer Films distinguished themsleves as fan favorites over the years. Despite having to endure grueling transatlantic flights, they always arrived cheerful and ready to answer questions and sign autographs.

Hammer Films was the undisputed capital of horror in the 1950s and 60s, filling a void left when American studios fell in love with flying saucers, aliens and atomic mutants. Between the golden age of cinema horror in the 1930s and 40s, when Universal Studios introduced the four immortal icons of movie terror (Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster) and the big budget horror revival of the 1970s and 80s (sparked by The Exorcist, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street,) Hammer Films was the only refuge for fans of the macabre who were eager to quench their thirst for classic chills. The small British studio did the unthinkable, taking the most famous of the old black-and-white monster tales and remaking them in blood-curdling color.

This fascinating documentary tells the story of the talented people behind and in front of the cameras at the Hammer Film Studios. Their prodigious output made household names of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, arguably the greatest fright duo since Lugosi and Karloff. Filled with shocking clips, terrifying trailers, and fascinating interviews with cast and crew culled from twenty years of the FANEX Film Convention archives, this film is a horror fan's delight!

Featuring Appearances by Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson, Ingrid Pitt, James Bernard, Val Guest, Jimmy Sangster, Freddie Francis, Caroline Munro, Virginia Wetherall, Michael Ripper, Barbara Shelley

Recorded at FANEX 4 (1990), FANEX 8 (1994), FANEX 11 (1997), Monster Rally (1999), FANEX 15 (2002)

Special Commentary by Jon Kitley, Streebo Majic, Aaron Christenson, Gary J. Svehla, Dwight Kemper

midnight madness

MIDNIGHT MADNESS:
THE HISTORY OF HORROR, SCI-FI AND FANTASY FILMS

4-hours, 2-disc set
Price $30,
SALE PRICE $25

 

Grab the popcorn and settle back as we take you on a 4-hour trip filled with monsters, aliens, vampires and things that go bump in the night. And your tour guides are none other than the people who put the thrill in the chill, the tingle in your spine and the scream on your lips. And remember, it's not only a movie - it's a treasured memory from your past when life was simpler and monsters were ever so much more fun!

Part 1: The Golden Age of the Horror Film (51 min.)

Part 2: The Atomic-Crazed Fifties (52 min.)

Part 3: Teens Invade the Drive-Ins/The Studio That Dripped Blood (53 min.)

Part 4: The Swinging Sixties to the Awesome Eighties (51 min.)

With special guest appearances by: Forry Ackerman, Jane Adams, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Veronica Carlson, Robert Clarke, Roger Corman, Anne Francis, Freddie Francis, Dolores Fuller, Val Guest, Linda Harrison, Jonathan Haze, Dorothy Herrmann, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Jackie Joseph, Sara Karloff, Ed Kemmer, Carla Laemmle, Christopher Lee, Janet Leigh, Bela Lugosi, Jr., William Marshall, Kevin McCarthy, Terry Moore, Peggy Moran, Lori Nelson, Ingrid Pitt, Victoria Price, Robert Quarry, Rex Reason, Jimmy Sangster, William Schallert, Elena Verdugo, Robert Wise, Virginia Wetherell, Yvette Vickers, Dee Wallace

All of the guest interviews were taped at the FANEX film conventions held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from 1987 through 2005.

Commentary by: Mark Bialek ,Aaron Christensen, Dwight Kemper, Jon Kitley, Don Leifert, Michael Mack, Streebo Majic, Gregory W. Mank, Deborah Painter, Lee Price, Gus Russo, Gary J. Svehla, Robert Tinnell

 
 

Reviews

"An homage no devoted movie fan will want to miss!"
--RICHARD GORDON, producer, Fiend Without A Face and The Haunted Strangler

"The use of scenes from some of our favorite old time black-and-white horror films is executed with style. Filled with inside jokes that will keep true horror fans howling with delight! Three thumbs up!
-- KEVIN CLEMENT, Chiller Theatre

Reviews

  "Terror In The Pharaoh's Tomb takes The Mummy to a new level! Guaranteed screams and laughs." - Julie Corman (Producer, CEO - Trinity Pictures)

    "Svehla has transformed the process of digital-collage filmmaking into an exercise in imagination! Featuring the creepiest mummy since 1957's Pharaoh's Curse." - Michael H. Price (Ft. Worth Business Press, Forgotten Horrors)

    "Movie buffs and mystery fans will find this film particularly enjoyable! Impressive set design and costumes." - Dr. David Soren (History Channel consultant, Rise and Fall of the Horror Film)

    "Classic movie fans will love it!" - Kevin J. O'Connor (actor, The Mummy, 1999; Van Helsing, 2004; There Will Be Blood, 2007)


Mutantville Review

The DVD has been released through Alpha and comes complete with a cast and crew commentary track, blooper reel, and trailer. Terror in the Pharaoh’s Tomb is the sophomore independent movie of producer Gary Svehla and is written and directed by A. Susan Svehla; their first outing was “Terror in the Tropics” (2005). The movie is a take off of the thrillers from the 30s and 40s, and is reminiscent of Steve Martin’s “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” by incorporating footage of the stars of yesterday with the stars of tomorrow. There are special appearances by Bela Lugosi, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney, Jr., Barabra Stanwyck, Lionel Atwill, Leo Gorcey, and George Zucco. This action-packed horror/comedy is a fun Saturday afternoon movie romp that doesn’t take itself too seriously – you can tell every single frame of this feature was a labor of love for the Svehla team. The shooting schedule was 18 days, and the majority of the film was shot blue screen, with a few actual locations, sets, and miniatures as well. The sets, costuming, and props are incredibly lavish for a production of this scale. Stand out performances from Heidi Emmer and Leanna Chamish, and Barry Murphy and Leo Wayne Dymowski steal the show during the comedic moments.

Highly recommended if you enjoy fun independent films—Smash or Trash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews

Although the studio had been around since the mid 1930s, briefly halting its production through World War II, it wasn't until 1955 and the release of THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT, released stateside as THE CREEPING UNKNOWN, that Hammer Film Productions hit its stride, discovering what would become its most profitable and memorable genre: horror. Aided by the classically trained Peter Cushing and the undeniable presence of Christopher Lee, Hammer Films found success in their resurrecting and updating of such classic monsters as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy. Standing out from the crowd with its liberal doses of both gore and nudity, Hammer flourished throughout the 1960s and early 1970s with such memorable films as ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED, BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB, COUNTESS DRACULA and THE MAN WHO COULD CHEAT DEATH. Continuing its series of meditative documentaries on cult film trends and heavy hitters, The Fanex Files blends archival video interviews, behind-the-scenes photographs, quad posters and lobby cards with talking head commentators to present an expansive look back at the studio that dripped blood.

The first half of the documentary is spent on the life and careers of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and rightfully so as they would quickly become the most recognizable faces for the studio, starring in their most successful and memorable vehicles. While there are no interviews with Cushing included, numerous colleagues and friends are present to provide insight into his career and craft. Especially endearing are remarks by his friend and co-star, Christopher Lee, particularly his remembrance of their fondness for the old Warner Brothers cartoons. Lee even briefly provides a bit of comedic relief with a small taste of his impression of Sylvester the cat. The film makes its way through the series of Frankenstein films before turning its attention on Hammer's other icon of horror, Dracula, and its star Christopher Lee. Running down the series of Dracula pictures, the documentary makes only brief stops to highlight a handful of Christopher’s non-blood sucking roles such as Sir Henry in Terence Fishers THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. The film features several entertaining clips of an extended interview with Lee as he reflects on both his accomplishments and his regrets, such as his displeasure with several of the Dracula sequels, which he felt strayed too far from the roots of Bram Stoker’s novel.—DVD Drive-In

Any fan of classic b-movies, and in particular the films of Hammer studios will absolutely want to have this DVD in their collection. The behind the scenes stories from Christopher Lee about his amazing friendship with Peter Cushing is worth the price alone.—ROGUE CINEMA

 

Reviews

What I love about this documentary set is that it really covers each era well. It talks about some of the more notable films of the time, complete with footage of the films it's talking about, and has some really wonderful interview footage with the directors and stars who brought these films to life.

The interview footage was taken from various Fanex conventions, any of which I'd have given just about anything to have been able to attend. When I think of a convention of this nature, these Fanex conventions seem like the pinnacle of what any fan of these films and those involved in their creation could possibly dream of. Film makers and stars such as Forry Ackerman, Samuel Z. Arkoff, Rober Clarke, Roger Corman, Christopher Lee, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Quarry, William Schallery, Dee Wallace and many other amazing people share their insights and memories with the fans who love them.

While this collection doesn't cover every genre of film, it does cover some of the greatest films and studios, including some really awesome segments about Universal and Hammer studios and some of their more famous films, film makers and stars.

This is an absolutely amazing set. The convention footage alone is worth the price, but combined with all the great film footage and narration, this becomes a must have set for anyone who's a fan of classic films and b-movies. The quality here is undeniable, so don't hesitate to grab yourself a copy.

—Rogue Cinema

Midnight Marquee Productions presents a collection that should please virtually any fan of the horror genre past or present with Midnight Madness: The History of Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films. The collection is a 4-hour, 2-disc set that features reminiscences from 37 horror film stars including Christopher Lee, Janet Lee, William Marshall, Rex Reason, Robert Wise and a host of others with special appearances ranging from Roger Corman to such known and semi-known names as Dolores Fuller, Linda Harrison, Forry Ackermann and, well, it seems like the list just keeps going on and on.

Divided into four parts; 1) The Golden Age of the Horror Film, 2) The Atomic-Crazed Fifties, 3) Teens Invade the Drive-Ins/The Studio That Dripped Blood, and 4) The Swinging Sixties to the Awesome Eighties, Midnight Madness is nicely put together by director Jeff Herberger and solidly narrated by Tom Proveaux in a way that treats the subjects well by maintaining the irreverent spirit of the project.

All of the guest interviews were conducted during the FANEX conventions held in Baltimore from 1987 through 2005, a festival that was never about money as much as it was about a devoted group of film friends and fans who gathered each year and, each year, the festival seemed to grow over the course of its 19 years.

If you've ever been to any of the nation's horror, sci-fi or fantasy festivals, then odds are pretty strong you'll find much to love about Midnight Madness, a collection of interviews and tributes guaranteed to trigger a trip down memory lane. Even for the names that aren't quite as familiar, a quick trip to IMDB will jog the memory of these actors and actresses and the roles that they brought to life over the years.

The running time of this entire collection with all its extras actually runs well past four hours, chock full of celebrity interviews, cinematic historians, film writers, screen writers, critics and more. While the sections seem to begin with the 50's, Midnight Madness actually goes all the way back to the groundbreaking 20's.

The horror convention folks, Troma fans, indie horror and sci-fi/fantasy fans will truly enjoy this marvelous collection that seems to have acquired a regular spot in this critic's DVD player as interviews get replayed, new insights are gained and memories are fondly brought to mind. —T
HE INDEPENDENT CRITIC