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Sophisticult Cinema Episode 22: "Room 237"

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Everything you ever thought about "The Shining" but were afraid to say...

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Snapshot: "Room 237" (2012)

Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237" has been generating quite the buzz lately. With IFC Midnight recently announcing that they are acquiring the rights to the film, hopes are high that it will soon make its way to theaters and VOD. While the documentary explores some of the possible hidden meanings behind the film, it mainly focuses on the fans and their theories on the movie.

Trailer: "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel" (2011)

Director Alex Stapleton brings us a highly anticipated documentary about Roger Corman, the king of B-movie making. The documentary features interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Ron Howard, Eli Roth, Brett Ratner and Robert DeNiro among others as well as a ton of archival footage following Corman's career. "Corman's World" opens in select theaters on December 16, 2011. Here's the official synopsis:

Retro Trailer: "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film" (2006)

Lately I have been on a documentary kick. I've watched some really amazing ones ("Dear Zachary") and plodded through some pretty awful ones ("Snuff"). Along my quest to find some more horror themed documentaries, I came across "Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film." A pretty fun and entertaining ride, I'd consider this a must see for fans of the slasher sub genre. The documentary gives us a look at the history of the slasher film and takes a look at both early and later successes in the horror sub genre (think "Halloween" and "Scream").

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of March 4th, 2011

Conspiracy theories are awesome. There's just something about listening to hillbillies talking about aliens shoving shit up their asses that I find hilarious and will never get tired of hearing. The only thing better than listening to hillbillies rant and rave about aliens, the Men in Black (not the Will Smith kind) and far-reaching government conspiracies is listening to a formerly respectable, former A-lister (maybe that's a stretch) simultaneously nuke his career and do all the above.

Lemmy (REVIEW)

Lemmy. The name alone invokes the stereotype of the man himself. His image is ubiquitous; the cowboy hat, the leather boots, the Marlboro reds, the swaggering visage.

Lemmy. One of the Fathers of Metal. A lifelong legacy of unflinching dedication to rock and roll. A pillar of the music community since the heady days of Hawkwind. An archetype unto himself. Lemmy isn’t “like” anyone. Rather, people try to be “like” him. They usually fall short.

Lemmy. As Lars Ulrich is quick to point out in this new documentary, the name itself “should be a verb.”

Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera (REVIEW)

Snuff. It’s a word that brings up some pretty strong emotions. Disgust. Fear. Revulsion. Curiosity. It was because of that last one that I checked out “Snuff: A Documentary about Killing on Camera”. I’ve always been interested in urban legends, and snuff films are one uniquely of our time. Politicians and pastors have held snuff films as being one of the ultimate evils in our society, yet, to date, there’s seemingly never been one recorded case of an actual snuff film surfacing.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of December 3rd, 2010

Let's roleplay a bit. You're a television executive working for Animal Planet. You're hearing pitches for the upcoming season. After hearing numerous pitches for shows involving puppies, puppy cops, puppy doctors and wannabe Steve Irwins, I burst into your office with the following pitch:

"You know that movie "Cloverfield"? What if we take that, combine it all those crazy documentaries on the History Channel about the mothman, bigfoot and all that shit and then make a weekly anthology horror mockumentary show in the vein of "Tales from the Crypt?"

Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (REVIEW)

You can’t call yourself a true horror fan if you’ve never been to a midnight movie. There are few things that can draw you into a film more than a rowdy audience of inebriated, enthusiastic genre fans all gathered around to take part in the same film. In “Midnight Movies”, Film scholar Stuart Samuels traces the origin of the midnight movie and it’s subsequent embrace by the mainstream audience by documenting key films in cult cinema.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of October 29, 2010

Horror is a particularly cyclical genre of film. With the recent releases of films like "Grindhouse", "Black Dynamite", "Machete" and the announcement of "Hobo with a Shotgun", it would be a pretty fair statement to say that we're in the midst of a modern Grindhouse revival. Luckily for those of us looking for a history lesson, Netflix has recently added the documentary "American Grindhouse" to their Instant Stream. Featuring interviews with iconic Grindhouse stars/directors (including Joe Dante, John Landis, Herschell Gordan Lewis and Fred Williamson), "American Grindhouse" explores the original Grindhouse movement and should get any horror fan out there up to speed in time for the next modern Grindhouse release.

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