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David Cronenberg Lobby Card Gallery

Posted in Canada, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2013 by goregirl

Super Goretastic Lobby Cards for David Cronenberg flicks…

Shivers Lobby Card

Lobby Card for Shivers (aka) They Came from Within (1975). Starring; Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie, Barbara Steele, Ronald Mlodzik and Barry Baldaro.

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Lobby Cards for The Brood (1979). Starring; Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds and Susan Hogan.

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Lobby Card for Scanners (1981). Starring; Jennifer O’Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Michael Ironside and Robert A. Silverman.

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Lobby Cards for Videodrome (1983). Starring; James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman and Julie Khaner.

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Lobby Cards for The Dead Zone (1983). Starring; Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen, Nicholas Campbell, Sean Sullivan and Jackie Burroughs.

The Fly

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Lobby Cards for The Fly (1986). Starring; Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson and George Chuvalo.

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Dead Ringers

Lobby Cards for Dead Ringers (1988). Starring; Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon, Shirley Douglas, Stephen Lack and Nick Nichols.

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Lobby Cards for Naked Lunch (1991). Starring; Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands, Roy Scheider, Monique Mercure, Nicholas Campbell, Michael Zelniker, Robert A. Silverman and Joseph Scoren.

GOREGIRL-FRIENDLY FILM COUPLES

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2011 by goregirl

Valentine’s Day is dumb. I have always loathed the idea of picking flowers out of the ground to watch them die in a vase, and while I enjoy chocolate occasionally I’m a salty snack person. Even as a child I thought the selection of cheesy heart covered gifts offered were just lame. But I suppose I’m not your average gal. I avoid romantic comedies and love stories in general. I love the love as much as the next person, but the gaggy, ridiculous and ultimately unrealistic syrupy way they are presented makes me want to vomit. So in honor of this pseudo holiday I don’t get a day off work for, where we are expected to profess our love with over-priced junk and false Hallmark sentiment, I give you a list of film couples who are in love and have great chemistry but don’t make me feel like retching.

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JOE and KATE From PSYCHOS IN LOVE (1987)
Carmine Capobianco & Debi Thibeault
Two serial killers who both passionately hate grapes meet, fall in love and move in together. This low budget horror-comedy is loads of fun and proves there is someone out there for everyone.

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TIFFANY and CHUCKY From BRIDE OF CHUCKY (1998)
Jennifer Tilly & Brad Dourif
He’s a serial killer whose soul has resided in a Chucky doll since 1988. Finally Chucky gets lucky when the voluptuous Tiffany also gets transformed inside a doll. Dolls or not, these two were clearly meant to be. This film is silly as hell but I love it and Tiffany and Chucky have better chemistry than most real actors!

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HARRY and KATE From ANGEL BABY (1995)
John Lynch & Jacqueline McKenzie
Two schizophrenics meet, fall in love, get pregnant, and go off their meds. This Australian film is equal parts sweet, funny, hopeful and emotionally exhausting and depressing. Angel Baby is not typical Goregirl fare but thanks to its excellent leads who really bare all it was a pleasant and bittersweet surprise.

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MICHELE AND SNAKE From H (1990)
Pascale Montpetit & Martin Neufeld
In attempt to kick heroin for good Snake barricades himself and girlfriend Michele in their apartment to “dry out”. This Canadian film is a very claustrophic, intense look at addiction. Theirs is a relationship based on co-dependence that connects them in a unique way as we watch them bare their souls. Pascale Montpetit outshines Martin Neufeld’s performance but regardless the couple is well-matched and believable.

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MICKEY and MALLORY KNOX From NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994)
Woody Harrelson & Juliette Lewis
Mickey saves Mallory from her abusive father and together they travel across America killing randomly for kicks. This bloody film is on too many lists, but dammit, I love Mickey and Mallory. Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson are perfectly cast here. I love the films biting commentary and its parade of sleazy characters, but it is the criminally likable duo that makes it all work.

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LIONEL COSGROVE and PAQUITA MARIA SANCHEZ From DEAD ALIVE (1992)
Timothy Balme & Diana Peñalver
Mama’s boy Lionel meets the lovely Paquita and takes her on a date to the zoo. Unfortunately his crazy mom is spying on them and gets bit by a Sumatran Rat Monkey. Mom turns into a zombie and causes all manner of chaos but in the end, Lionel grows some balls and gets the girl. Not much time is spent on the love story between Lionel and Paquita, but they are both awkwardly adorable and it is their story that actually motivates the action.

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JACK SKELLINGTON and SALLY From THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (1993)
Chris Sarandon & Catherine O’Hara
One of my favourite animated films of all time! I love its dark gothic presentation and how it manages so well to balance sweetness and darkness. With the great Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara voicing the adorable couple how could they not be endearing?

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CHERRY DARLING and WRAY From PLANET TERROR (2007)
Rose McGowan & Freddy Rodríguez
Cherry just quit her stripping gig and meets up with ex-boyfriend Wray at a little roadside eatery. A zombie outbreak forces them to work together which inevitably revives the relationship. Wray handles fire arms like a pro and Cherry has a gun for a leg. I think these two are just so darn-diddley adorable and that cheesy ending for their storyline is a little hokey, but it worked.

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LULA FORTUNE and SAILOR RIPLEY From WILD AT HEART (1990)
Laura Dern & Nicolas Cage
No one does a love story quite like David Lynch! Lula and Sailor are passionately in love, but Lula’s wicked mama Marietta isn’t having any of it. Fresh out of jail, Sailor skips out on probation to take his girl to California for some fun. Strange characters and violence threaten to break their bond forever. Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage are positively electric together as Lula and Sailor. One of my favourite films of all time!

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SETH BRUNDLE and VERONICA QUAIFE From THE FLY (1986)
Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis
Eccentric scientist Seth Brundle convinces Journalist Veronica Quaife to document his latest experiment. Brundle has created a machine that can successfully transport matter from one pod to another. Whilst documenting Veronica develops an intimate relationship with Seth, which is hindered by the fact that he is turning into a fly. Cronenberg’s remake of The Fly has amazing effects and a great mood but a big part of what makes it work is its two leads. Their relationship feels genuine and natural and I always thought that was a big part of what made this film work.

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Worshipping at the Altar of Cronenberg

Posted in horror, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by goregirl

David Cronenberg is one of the Dungeon’s favorite Horror Film directors. This fellow Canadian was born in my hometown of Toronto Ontario and boasts a most impressive resume. Since 2000, he has been swaying from the genre into new territory which I think is very sad news indeed. Now that he is getting Oscar Nominations for hispromotional-poster-for-rabid work I wonder if he will ever revisit horror. I really want to hate his non-horror entries but I just can’t. I cannot deny the brilliance of Spider, Naked Lunch or Eastern Promises. But because we are all about the horror we are only going to look at those titles. I would be the first to say that Hollywood star power does not a good horror film make. Cronenberg proves that wrong again and again. The memorable performances given in many of his films elevate them to a completely different level. It is the performance you remember, not the actions. A rare and beautiful thing. Who could forget Jeremy Irons disturbing performance as gynecologist twin brothers Beverly and Elliot Mantle in Dead Ringers? Or Christopher Walken’s wrought and sympathetic performance as Johnny Smith in the Dead Zone? Always edgy, and often weird we love that Cronenberg never backs down from graphic and grisly visuals even in his more commercial endeavors. In addition to directing he also wrote the screenplay to all of his horror entries and was the producer on Dead Ringers and Existenz. He had a cameo in his own films The Fly and Dead Ringers and had featured roles in Clive Barker’s Night Breed playing Dr Philip K. Decker and in Jason X as Dr. Wimmer. I have enjoyed every single Cronenberg horror film I have seen in varying degrees from like to love. I cannot say that about a single other horror film director. Below are the Dungeon reviews for each Cronenberg title. Come back to the dark side David!! We need you here!
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eXistenZ (1999)

Jennifer Jason Leigh is a virtual reality game designer who gets trapped in her own game. What results is a mind-bending trip with surreal visuals and tight performances. A wonderfully weird and original film.

Starring: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie and Sarah Polley

Dead Ringers

Jeremy Irons plays gynecologist twin brothers descending into madness with disturbing perfection. Unsettling images that will stay with you for days after. Gynecological tools that would give any woman nightmares. Absolutely brilliant and one of our all time favorites.

Starring: Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske, Barbara Gordon, Shirley Douglas and Stephen Lack

The Fly (1986)

A remake of the 1958 classic with the camp cut out. The chemistry between Goldblum and Davis helps along the emotional tension. Watching the Brundle characters transformation is a visual, grotesquely grand treat. One of the best horror remakes out there.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson and George Chuvalo

The Dead Zone (1983)

Christopher Walken plays Johnny, a teacher who wakes up from a five-year coma with the ability to see the future of people he touches. His “gift” leaves him emotionally wrought and an unwilling hero. Inevitably he sees a future where he will have to make the ultimate sacrifice. Walken kicks ass as usual and Sheen’s politician is the perfect dastardly bastard.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Colleen Dewhurst, Martin Sheen and Nicholas Campbell

Videodrome (1983)

James Woods plays a seedy TV programmer who discovers pirated snuff that controls its viewer. Some of the most messed up scenes to appear on celluloid including one of our favorite scenes we lovingly refer to as “the human VCR”. A truly bizarre and surreal nugget.

Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, and Lynne Gorman

Scanners (1981)

A group of “scanners” with telepathic ability are able to will people to explode. When a renegade group of scanners with dreams of grandeur run amok the result is a grisly and gory mess. Great effects! A little more downtime than I like, but not without its entertainment value.

Starring: Jennifer O’Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Michael Ironside and Robert A. Silverman

The Brood (1979)

Samantha Eggar is great as a woman getting very unconventional treatment in an institution. Unconventional doesn’t really begin to describe this freaky and truly bizarre little film. If you are offended by children in horror films this is not going to be your film. I really don’t want to say more and spoil the fun for those who haven’t seen it. Freaky little film that offers some real chills and thrills. This is one of my all time favorites.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, and Susan Hogan

Rabid (1977)

Marilyn Chambers plays a woman who has undergone experimental surgery and develops a taste for blood. Everyone she infects becomes “rabid”. There is a city wide epidemic in no time flat. For starters, this film has the best promo poster ever! It is one of those films I seen at a young impressionable age so it holds a special place in my horror filled wretched heart. It is full of copious violence and a beauty little scene I like to call attack of the Vaginal armpit. This one is on my list of Top 100 best horror films of all time.

Starring: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage, Susan Roman, and Roger Periard

Shivers (1975)(aka They Came from Within)

Cronenberg’s first full-length horror feature. A scientist living in an upscale Montreal condominium has let loose a parasite that transforms its victims into sex obsessed, violent, zombie-esque predators. By the time most of the buildings inhabitants figure out there is something wrong it is too late. The film has a claustrophobic feeling about it and has lots of nasty deaths. A very nice first outing.

Starring: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman, Susan Petrie, Barbara Steele, Ronald Mlodzik and Barry Baldaro
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