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Originally posted by aTomiK:
Watched this lesser known Cannon/Golan-Globus film Haunted Summer (1988).

Hey, isn't that the exact same story as Ken Russell's Gothic (1986) ? An American remake perhaps ?
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Yeah, i believe it is. I haven´t got Gothic but it would be interesting to see another version.
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I've never seen Gothic but would like to,Crimes Of Passion is getting the Arrow Blu Ray treatment soon.

That's a great movie!


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UK bargain label 101 FILMS has just released Firewalker to Blu Ray this week gone and it is one that i have watched a few times over the years but when it comes to trying to remember anthing memorable from it my mind draws a complete blank!

Is It Rubbish?

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It´s rubbish in the purest form [Smile]
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So that's why I can't hardly remember it whatsoever,you would have thought with the Raiders Of The Lost Ark inspired storyline and with the likes of Norris,Gossett and veteran director J Lee Thompson on board plus the fact that it had Cannon Films behind it that it would have been a blast!
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Yeah, I remember seeing Firewalker in a theatre back when, and realizing that the Go-Go boys and Cannon had burned me once again. In that very good recent documentary on Cannon Films, they make a point that Golan and Globus had this completely out-of-touch mentality about what U.S. audiences wanted. Ripoffs of bigger and better studio pictures are not necessarily bad, but the Cannon guys seemed to think that if you had a couple of big stars, a film that was in focus, and a good poster, that's all you needed to get people in the seats. And for a while, that strategy worked with some of the Bronson and Norris films. But soon audiences wised up and realized that if it came from Cannon, there was an extremely high probability it wasn't going to be good. I know a lot of folks exalt these films--and Cannon did make a few good ones--but at the time, AVCO Embassy and New World were putting out far better, classier products that actually were artistic and didn't rely on established stars and cynicism.
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I remember quite liking Firewalker... but also can't remember anything about it.

Crash, what did AVCO release? Didn't New World release stuff on video as EV? I recall some pretty good stuff from EV.

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EV (Entertainment In video) were great Logan they did put out some really awesome flicks,can you remember this opening logo from there 80s output - http://youtu.be/IGF9SZV2VDM

I've got a feeling EV mostly distributed just out of the UK because I can never recollect seeing any titles released by them overseas!


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Avco/Embassy were cool as well,I remember in the UK they distributed John Carpenters Escape From New York,The Fog and the original The Howling.

https://youtu.be/8LuxyvMluEY - Embassy Home Entertainment action movies promo.

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AVCO Embassy was the U.S. distributor for almost all of the great 80s horror films: Phantasm, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Howling, Prom Night, Scanners, as well as Eddie and the Cruisers, This is Spinal Tap, and The Sure Thing. I think New World released stuff to home video as New World.
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Ah - Avco / Embassy is 'Embassy' to me - the logo on that video box was instantly recognisable - 'The Howling' is definitely one I associate with it.

I get EV/ New World mixed up a lot because they were releasing the same sort of movies (quality wise) at the same time. I know that NW released things like 'House', and that EV released things like 'Troll', but for some reason I feel like the companies were connected. Maybe Young Warrior is right and EV were just releasing some NW movies in the UK under licence or something.

I miss the days of those indie companies, even if we did get suckered in a lot by the amazing cover art on their video boxes for films which turned out to be turnips.

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EV distributed both House movies in the UK for New World Pictures as well as I believe Ghost Town,Freeway (1988),Space Raiders (1983) and The Wrong Guys,there's probably a few others of note as well.

They had some really cool releases!

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See - I was sure House was New World! This is confusing! Still, at least it made me watch House again...
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