It’s a truth universally acknowledged that The Matrix is a great science-fiction movie, but there is more to it than that. For its 20th anniversary I’m going to take a look at all the elements that made The Wachowski’s movie such a cinematic milestone and how it raised the bar for all subsequent genre movies. When The Matrix was released in 1999 it opened up new vistas of imagination in screen science-fiction – a domain of cyber existence that no film had yet explored. It was a sci-fi movie that changed the genre. It was, in fact, a movie that changed film-making in general.
Fright-Rags wants to believe. The horror apparel company has launched a collection of The X-Files tees that are out of this world, along with new merchandise celebrating The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.
“The truth is out there.”
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is one of the highest achievements in nineties horror sequel-dom. We dare you to say his name five times… 🐝
Paying respectful homage to the abjection and atmospherics of its ground-breaking femme-on-fire predecessor, The Rage: Carrie 2 arrived to remind a whole new generation that it’s best not to bully the school outcast – you never know the terrifying power she might possess. 🔥
“What if you had the power to move objects with your mind? What if everyone around you gave you a reason to use that power?”
Local Boogeyman knows there’s road kill all over Texas. You see, over here the saw is family, and just counting skulls, I’d say we’re looking at 40 to 50 bodies… Jesus. This is fucked.
“Some tales are told, then soon forgotten. But a legend… is forever!”
With Saint Patrick’s Day ☘️ fast approaching, Fright-Rags have launched a line of Leprechaun apparel. Fright-Rags have also been working on something that will change the world, and human life as we know it: The Fly t-shirts. Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.
“Your luck just ran out.”
Cavity Colors are paying tribute to the beloved, but tragic icon of horror with all new tees, enamel pins, and sweaters. We dare you to say his name five times… 🐝
“Evil comes when you call his name.”
“Greetings from Tromaville!” Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger, is heading to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, 13th March for a screening of his 1996 Shakespeare-based opus, Tromeo & Juliet at the Deptford Cinema in London. There will also be a special Q&A with Kaufman!
Tromeo & Juliet has been praised by The New York Times as “goofily exhilarating” and “a deliriously grossed-out parody of Shakespeare”.
“Body piercing, kinky sex, dismemberment. The things that made Shakespeare great.”
In March 2019 Arrow Video is re-releasing Hideo Nakata’s Ringu in celebration of its 20th anniversary; restored from the original negative in vivid high definition.
Ringu is based on a novel by Koji Suzuki, (known as the ‘Japanese Stephen King’) and for any western viewer this film is the starting point for any exploration of modern Asian horror.
“How did the rumours about the video even start in the first place? This kind of thing… It doesn’t start by one person telling a story. It’s more like everyone’s fear just takes on a life of its own.”
From a dimension beyond the living, Fright-Rags has new merchandise to scare you to death; featuring Poltergeist, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, The Amityville Horror, and Predator.
“Some things have to be believed to be seen.”
Get in the ring with Super7 x Legends of Lucha Libre! The debut Luchadores 3.75-inch ReAction Figures assortment includes Blue Demon Jr., Solar, and Tinieblas Jr. Super7 have also released 1.75″ M.U.S.C.L.E. 3-Packs (featuring 6 different figures).
“¡¿Quién es tu campeón?!”
Class of 1999 is a spiritual successor to Mark L. Lester’s Class of 1984; a tale of revenge that depicted an increasingly violent gang clashing with the music teacher of a troubled inner-city high school. The tagline for Class of 1984 – “Look at us. We are the future. You can’t stop us. Don’t even try.” – was derived from a comment made in the film by the leader of the gang, Peter Stegman (played by director Timothy Van Patten): “I am the future!”
But that was 1984. The year is now 1999…
“The ultimate teaching machine… out of control.”
Indicator pride themselves on championing great British cinema and, as part of this ethos, 18 March 2019 will see the release of their first restorations. Scanned in 4K from the original negatives, their presentations of The Triple Echo and Immaculate Conception mark a new development in the Indicator range which will ensure that even more unjustly neglected gems will appear on Blu-ray for the first time ever. March’s selection also includes Anthony Mann’s A Dandy in Aspic, and John Dexter’s The Virgin Soldiers.