Jesse James. Billy the Kid. Calamity Jane – the Old West has a rich and iconic history that immediately conjures up the names of the cowboys and outlaws who roamed the plains of the American Frontier in the late nineteenth century. Join us as we look down the barrel of the gun at six of Hollywood’s best movies about the gunslingers of the Ol’ Wild West!
Joe Ahearne is a British writer and director whose TV miniseries The Replacement was shown on the BBC in 2017 to a warm reception. I caught up with him to chat about this and his other project, the horror/thriller film called B&B.
“This was the first time I’d written something where I was determined that the gay guys were absolutely going to be the stars, and it was sort of a genre piece as well. I was definitely interesting in doing something that had some kind of fantasy or horror.”
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
The Dark Knight returns to Mondo Gallery this May with a brand new show eight decades in the making. Mondo Gallery’s 80 Years of Batman celebrates the history of the caped crusader, along with his allies and infamous rogues gallery of villains, with eighteen classic, iconic and fan-favorite Batman comic book cover images produced as screen printed posters. Opening night for 80 Years of Batman will be held Friday, 17 May, and the show will run through 25 May.
“For most of my life I’ve been enamored with Batman. His rogues. His world. His look. It’s just about as perfect as you can get.”
On 24 June, Indicator presents a selection of iconic independent productions from the 1970s and 80s – Black Joy (1977); Scum (1979); The Missionary (1982); and The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) – which bring together some of British film and television’s most celebrated talents, both on and off screen, including award-winning cinematographers Phil Méheux and Peter Hannan – both of whom worked closely with Indicator to ensure that the films all look as they originally intended.
“Life is for living…”
For years fans waited for the release of a sequel to Ruggero Deodato’s trendsetting Cannibal Holocaust, yet it would take almost a decade for The Green Inferno to arrive… and it wasn’t what followers of the Italian cannibal cycle were expecting.
First there was Cannibal Holocaust… Then came Cannibal Ferox… But somewhere in France, someone was already hatching a plot to cash-in on the Italian intestinal classics with Cannibal Terror!
“The thirst for adventure!”
Samurai, robots, flying tiger sharks, time-traveling baseball players and alien monsters: the legendary – and above all notoriously bad – Japanese detective series Ronin Suiri Tentai had it all. In Japan, the series was strangely enough no more than a modest success. But in Australia, where it was released in the early 1990s under the title Top Knot Detective, the series became a gigantic cult hit.
“Learn the inside story about the greatest Japanese samurai series, you’ve never heard of before.”
On 27 May, Indicator presents an eclectic selection of unhinged, genre-twisting films from some of British cinema’s greatest filmmakers, and starring some of the world’s most celebrated actors: St. John L. Clowes’ No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948), which was condemned upon its original release for its depiction of violence; Jack Gold’s Who? (1974); Richard Loncraine’s Bellman and True (1987); and the psycho-sexual drama Track 29 (1988).
“They kidnapped his son. They forced him to steal 14 million dollars. Then they made their biggest mistake. They trusted him.”
Waxwork Records is thrilled to present Cruising original motion picture soundtrack and score. Available for the first time, the original 1980 soundtrack release has been expanded to include the complete film music.
“There’s a lot you don’t know about me.”
On 22 April, Indicator presents a selection of classic films, directed by and starring some of Hollywood cinema’s most celebrated talents, all available on Blu-ray for the first time: Dragonwyck (1946); The Snake Pit (1948); The Reckless Moment (1949); and Lilith (1964).
“I remembered once reading in a book, that long ago they used to put insane people into pits full of snakes. I think they figured that something which might drive a normal person insane, might shock an insane person back into sanity.”
Waxwork Records is proud to present BlacKkKlansman original motion picture soundtrack; scored by Academy Award nominated composer Terence Blanchard.
“Ain’t this a bitch… If I would have known this was a Klan meeting, I wouldn’t have taken this motherfucking gig. Goddamn!”
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day alone or with a significant other, Fright-Rags’ latest releases from Elvira, My Bloody Valentine 3D, and The Warriors will make any horror fan’s heart swell with joy.