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Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
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i see uk film distributor second sight have david cronenberg's the brood scheduled for blu ray release later in the year.

i've watched rabid but have never seen either the brood or his earlier shivers from 1975.

i've read some very favourable reviews for the brood,i was wondering what you guys thought?
 
Posted by Helen_S (Member # 5804) on :
 
Fabulous, my favourite of his. Shivers is in my top 3, so good. Watch both now [Big Grin]
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
thanks helen,i will do,i had a feeling they would be good and now i know with your recomendation there definitely going to be good.

i like all of cronenbergs latter stuff like videodrome,the fly,crash,dead ringers etc so i thought it only right i should check out some of the earlier stuff that i'd missed out on.
 
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
 
The Brood is exceptional, one of his greatest. Oliver Reed gives one of his best performances. Shivers is terrific too. For me, Cronenberg has only two missteps in 40 years of filmmaking: Fast Company, which is fun, but really generic, and M. Butterfly, which is a well made misfire. Everything else that he has done is pretty much top of the class. He's one of the world's best.
 
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Cronenberg is one of the greatest directors of all time definitely.
Rabid is one of the first VHS films i´ve ever seen (back in the mid-80s)
so it has a special place in my heart.

I will also have to revisit some of his films in the near future.
 
Posted by Johnny Roarke is reckless (Member # 9826) on :
 
The Brood is very well acted, for sure. It's not my favorite oldschool Cronenberg though.
Personally i like Shivers and Rabid better than The Brood and Scanners, but i know there are many people
who prefer the exact opposite. His oldschool horrors reached its peak with the masterful Videodrome,
which paved the way for his later, mostly successful mixtures of mainstream, horror and arthouse.

Blue Underground's dvd and blu-ray releases of Fast Company also contain his early, experimental
first feature efforts Stereo and Crimes Of The Future.
 
Posted by the young warrior (Member # 9554) on :
 
cheers guys added both shivers and the brood as high priorty on my to watch list.

what about this one,any good?

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http://www.dvddrive-in.com/reviews/t-z/townthatdreadedsundown76blu.htm

shout factory have this scheduled for an upcoming blu ray/dvd combo with 1979s - the evictors featuring as an extra of soughts on the dvd part of the release.

i like the evictors,i own an old vhs of it just that i've never had the opportunity to watch - the town that dreaded sundown.
 
Posted by aTomiK (Member # 6575) on :
 
Never seen the movie but the poster oozes 70s coolness!
I´ve seen few Finnish VHS tapes on sale here but the price is always too high [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Crash (Member # 7484) on :
 
I would definitely check out the two Charles B. Pierce films. Pierce worked for AIP on some of their early 70s stuff. He is best known for five films: The Legend of Boggy Creek, Winterhawk, The Norseman, and these two which I think are his best. No, they are not masterpieces by any means, but they are really memorable and quintessential examples of 70s regional filmmaking. The Town That Dreaded Sundown was huge for Pierce and AIP because of the indelible image of the hooded killer and the unforgettable scene where the killer straps a knife on the end of a trombone slide and gets in a little practice during a killing. You really have to see it to believe it--exploitation gold. His style for "Town" mimicked "Boggy Creek": a pseudo-documentary with recreations of the murders, with ominous narration, not unlike the stuff popular today on TV shows like America's Most Wanted. But you really have to see his The Norseman to believe it. Pierce tried to do an epic Viking film on no budget, an endeavor clearly way, way beyond his skills. It's hilarious. You have Lee Majors, stiff as a board, walking around spouting platitudes; Sonny Bono's ex-wife Susie Coelho as an Indian maiden or something with capped teeth and perfect hair; a bunch of good character actors like Cornel Wilde and Mel Ferrer hidden under tons of hair; and stray shots of modern ships lurking in the background. A truly terrible, but enjoyable film. [Smile]
 


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