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Deep Red (1975)

DEEP RED also known as Profondo Rosso (original Italian title) and The Hatchet Murders Dario Argento 1975 • 126 Minutes • 2.35 : 1 • Italy Color • Italian • Anchor Bay (U.S. Release)
Cast:  David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Meril, Eros Pagni Screenplay:  Dario Argento, Bernardino Zapponi Producer: Salvatore Argento Cinematography: Luigi Kuveiller
Awards & Honors

The Essential Films
100 Essential Horror Movies - #24

You think you're telling the truth, but in fact... you're telling only your version of the truth. It happens to me all the time.
At a public demonstration of her abilities, a psychic picks up the thoughts of murderer in the audience, and later that night becomes a victim.  Marcus Daly, an English pianist on holiday in Italy, gets involved in investigating the gruesome murder.  Every time he gets close to an answer, another murder takes place.  Daly is soon the target of the vicious serial killer.
Giallo is a subgenre of Italian …

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Essential Films

Today is the Governator's (people still call him that, right?) birthday!  On July 30, 1947 the man who would become (arguably) the biggest action movie hero of all time came into this world and we here at the Essential Films would like to take a minute to celebrate him.  After a side career in politics running the state of California, Arnie is showing no signs of slowing down at age 65.  He pops up in this summer's machofest The Expendables 2 plus he's got a few movies in the can.  So let's take a look at some of Arnold Schwarzenegger's Essential Films.

(Note, this is not a countdown. Films are listed in chronological order.)

The Long Goodbye (1973)
Contrary to popular belief, Arnold's first film appearance was not in Pumping Iron, it was actually Hercules in New York. However, rather than subject you to that atrocity, I'll point you to this: Arnold appeared as a henchman in Robert Altman's Philip Marlowe detective noir.  It's a small role, for sure,…

Trailer: The Wachowski's "Cloud Atlas"

From the creators of the Matrix trilogy comes the film adaptation of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas.



Superman: The Man of Steel Teaser Trailer

In case you missed it at your Dark Knight Rises showing, here is the teaser trailer for next summer’s Man of Steel.
You get a tease of Henry Cavill in the suit with a Russell Crowe (Jor-El) voice over.

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.21 – BATMAN, Part 3: The Downfall (w/Special Guests BIG D, MR. EDDIE, HAMZA, & HEADCASE)

Riddle me this….riddle me that…why do these movies…suck so freakin’ bad? That’s the question that FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Episode 21 tries to answer. Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo along with a PACKED roundtable that includes Big D, Mr. Eddie, Hamza, and Headcase as they continue with Part 3 of FP’s BATMAN Retrospective, where they get into IN-DEPTH discussions on the films every Bat fan would love to forget – Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Plus, the gang bridges the gap between two BATMAN eras with a discussion on the “Batman” films that COULD HAVE BEEN…ALL THIS AND SO MUCH MORE…OVER 3 HOURS OF BAT-TALK. DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.20 – BATMAN, Part 2: The Animated Universe (w/Special Guests MR. EDDIE, HAMZA, and HEADCASE)

What do Mark Hamill, giant robot spiders, fishstick TV dinners, and donuts have in common? They are all featured in Part 2 of FORCED PERSPECTIVE’s 4-part BATMAN retrospective, focusing on Batman’s animated film history. Join SportsGuy515 and Adolfo, along with Mr. Eddie, Hamza (b.k.a. Dave), and MC Headcase (subbing in for Big D) as they discuss an often overlooked chapter of Batman’s cinematic history, featuring classics such as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, among others. Plus, Batman: The Animated Seriesmemories, the current state of comics, and SportsGuy515 makes a HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT regarding the show’s future. ALMOST 3 HOURS of Bat-talk.

Batman - The Complete 1943 Serial


Freaks (1932)

FREAKS Tod Browning 1932 • 64 Minutes • 1.37 : 1 • United States Black & White • English • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Cast:  Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Rosco Ates, Henry Victor Screenplay:  Clarence Aaron Robbins Producers: Tod Browning, Harry Rapf, Irving Thalberg Cinematography: Merritt B. Gerstad
Awards and Honors
The Essential Films 100 Essential Horror Movies - #30
National Film Preservation Board Entered in the National Film Registry - 1994

They're going to make you one of them, my peacock! 
A melodramatic tale of love, deceit, treachery and murder... all taking place in the backdrop of a traveling circus freak show.  Hans the dwarf has just inherited a fortune from his father, when suddenly the beautiful trapeze artist Cleopatra takes an interest in him.  Together with the strong man Hercules, Cleopatra hatches a plan to marry Hans and kill him to inherit the money.  The other circus freaks see right through the evil trapeze artist... and they wish to make her one …

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.19 – BATMAN, Part 1: “Origins, Camp, and Rebirth” (w/Special Guests BIG D, MR. EDDIE, and HAMZA)

With 16 DAYS left until the release of “The Dark Knight Rises”, is proud to present another Special Edition of FORCED PERSPECTIVE, chronicling the on-screen history of BATMAN. Join SportsGuy515 & Adolfo, along with returning guest co-hosts Big D, Mr. Eddie, and Hamza (b.k.a. Dave) as they begin their journey by examining Batman’s early years, including the 1940s serials, as well as the infamous “Batman” TV series, which spawned the 1966 film, before discussing Batman’s cinematic rebirth in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, as well as its 1992 sequel, “Batman Returns”. OVER 2 HOURS of BAT-TALK. DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!

FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Ep.18 – Avenging the Kingdom

FORCED PERSPECTIVE is back to normal this week as SportsGuy515 and Adolfo catch up on the latest summer flicks to hit the big screen – The Avengers, Men in Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus, Rock of Ages, and Moonrise Kingdom. Plus, in this week’s DVD/Blu-ray of the Week, the duo review the 1995 hit, Mortal Kombat. All this and so much more…DOWNLOAD/STREAM NOW!