In 1818 Mary Shelley produced one of the most influential texts in literature: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Her novel attracted a huge degree of critical attention and gained increasing cultural importance, so much so that the circumstances of its composition has achieved a kind of mythic status. One might expect that the film would indicate how Mary was shaped by the many losses, difficulties, and disappointments of her life, but instead filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour tends to revel in the love story, the costumes and the poetic flights.
With the release of Avengers: Infinity War and a packed year of comic book films to come, mainly adapted from Marvel, it’s important to note it’s not just the big two [including DC Comics] that release comic book film adaptions.
“You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.”
On 18 June, Indicator presents a collection of films by the legendary Samuel Fuller, as well as two uncompromising works directed by and starring some of American cinema’s most iconic names.
Samuel Fuller at Columbia, 1937-1961 brings together the maverick director’s hard-hitting crime dramas, along with a series of films made for Columbia Pictures which were based on stories by Fuller.
“If it’s not love, what is it?”
Indicator heads west to round up five exemplary films by master director Budd Boetticher; starring screen icon Randolph Scott. Dedicated to one of the most celebrated film pairings in American cinema, Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott at Columbia, 1957-1960 is a lovingly produced limited edition box set which brings together five seminal westerns on Blu-ray for the very first time.
“She was worth $5000 ALIVE…OR DEAD!”
Gaining accolades at film festivals around the world, The Shape of Water, Guillermo Del Toro’s latest feature, is part tribute, part pastiche, of the post-war monster movie. In his recent talk at the London Film Festival, Mr. del Toro affirmed: “Monsters are evangelical creatures for me. When I was a kid, monsters made me feel that I could fit somewhere, even if it was…an imaginary place where the grotesque and the abnormal were celebrated and accepted.”
“Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love. It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere.”
The Plastic Fang collection is a place within Fright-Rags that allows their team to create t-shirts that do not fit the horror genre specifically. When was the last time you saw a really cool, original shirt for Little Monsters, The Wizard or The Running Man?
“We take the shit, we smash the shit, and then we put the shit back.”
“Oh, I’m gonna hit you so hard, your children will be born bruised!” I’m too young for this shit! So, listen… Comet TV and Attack from Planet B are hitting one randomly chosen person with the opportunity to win Tank Girl and other cult classic swag…so it ain’t all bad. “Look, it’s been swell, but the swelling’s gone down.”
Competition ends Thursday, January 4th 2018
The Dead of Night Film Festival took place at The Atkinson, Southport, UK between 20th-21st October 2017. Overall this was a brilliant festival with two films – Sequence Break and The Corpse Series – which I would put in the top 10 films I’ve saw this year. I’d definitely go again next year.
“Made for horror fans by horror fans.”
With the dark days of winter well and truly upon us, Indicator dares once again to venture into the vaults of the UK’s most celebrated purveyor of chills…
Available 19 February 2018, Indicator presents Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent, and Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning drama Ship of Fools.
“Explorer, Mistress, Vagrant, Loafer, Artist, Tramp… They are all at the Captain’s table!”
Kicking off its release schedule for 2018, Indicator has delightfully announced UK Blu-ray premiere editions of four era-defining American films.
Published in limited runs, these first pressings also contain Limited Edition exclusive booklets containing newly commissioned writing, contemporary articles and reviews, and full film credits.
“When he runs out of dumb luck he always has genius to fall back on!”
“You ain’t got to pull that Blacula shit with me.” The line is an attempt to link what seems to be a half-hearted star-vehicle with something else: blaxploitation. By simultaneously comparing Murphy’s ’90s effort with its ’70s predecessor, whilst slyly digging at the older genre’s foibles, the gag it is a somewhat noble, if pithy, effort to give Vampire in Brooklyn more heft.
“Interesting. I’ve been stabbed, and I’ve been hanged, and I’ve been burned. Even broken on the rack once, but I’ve never been shot before. Kind of itches a little!”
The best movies of the eighties either celebrated frivolity and gave us great entertainment, or rejected norms and pushed the boundaries towards broader innovations. Eighties indie movies were especially bold in this regard, and few directors tackled social and personal shape-shifting as deftly or entertainingly as Jonathan Demme.
The aptly titled, Something Wild gives us everything the eighties were famous for: laughs, sex, craziness, danger, secret lives, violence, drugs, nasty things in small towns and a great pop music soundtrack.