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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Throw back road movie thriller, “Wrecker” gets cool poster, trailer and release date!

I have to say I am a sucker for road movies and a sucker for fun, tense horror films so I have a lot of hope for this new, exciting thriller from the producer of American Mary, details below:

IN THEATERS: November 6, 2015
VOD AND iTUNES RELEASE DATE: November 10, 2015
DIRECTED BY: Micheal Bafaro
STORY BY: Evan Tylor, Micheal Bafaro
SCREENPLAY BY: Micheal Bafaro
CAST: Anna Hutchison, Drea Whitburn

SYNOPSIS: Best friends Emily and Lesley go on a road trip to the desert. When Emily decides to get off the highway and take a “short cut,” they become the target of a relentless and psychotic trucker who forces them to play a deadly game of cat and mouse.

GENRE: Action/ Thriller/ Horror 

Craig Everett Earl’s Intelligent Slasher Horror “Intrusion" Coming to DVD and Blu Ray in Time for HALLOWEEN!

An ‘INTRUSION’ Just in Time for Halloween

The horror slasher “Intrusion” will be released on DVD and Blu Ray in the U.S. and Canada on October 27th and soon after worldwide VOD.

Fans can pre order the film right now at or where a list of several mainstream retailer links are provided, along with where they'll be for sale when the film releases on October 27th.

We here at The After Movie Diner urge everyone to SUPPORT THIS VITAL, AWESOME, NEW, INDIE HORROR FILM.
Craig Everett Earl is a refreshing and terrifying new name in horror, it's his strong writing and the instantly scary premise that raises Intrusion above the regular independent horror film.

"Intrusion" stars Katie Stewart (Overtime, Revelation Trail), Lee Haycraft and Teresa Lawrence (Ace Ventura Jr, Beethoven’s Big Break). 

Synopsis: Holly Jensen leads an overly dramatic life. It’s one that is spent trying to avoid her problems and forget the past. Best friend Kali has the perfect solution to making Holly feel better. It’s a game called “Wrong Number”. However, the man on the other end finds the joke less than funny and decides to play a game of his own. A game where Holly will become the pawn.
It’s a character-driven thriller where everything has consequences and something as beautiful as a rose can be turned into any woman’s, worst nightmare.

The DVD and Blu Ray are loaded with special features that include:
  • Trailer 
  • Commentary with Writer/Producer Craig Everett Earl, Katie Stewart, Lee Haycraft and Teresa Lawrence 
  • Photo Gallery 
  • Behind the Screams 
  • Sneak Peek at the upcoming Intrusion:Disconnected sequel due out in 2016 also starring Scream queen Tiffany Shepis
You can hear Craig Everett Earl discussing the movie on Episode 1 of A Real Horror Show

Tuesday, 1 September 2015


XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) announced the U.S. release of the action-thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell (The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) in a rare acting role. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.

CAMINO was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick), and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman). Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as "El Guero" (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she's photographed. One night, she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph - and the photographer who took it - Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.

“It was important after Raze and McCanick and especially after the past few years of our work within SpectreVision for me to make a film that ‘came from the gut.’ Something that felt true to myself and to the artists we surround ourselves with. I think we did it. We’ve made our own little ‘Electro-Jungle-Western.’ Plus, to be able to piece together a film almost entirely with our friends, that’s what it’s all about. Thanks goodness the folks at XLrator Media share that vision as well,” said director Josh C. Waller.

“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again. The film is filled with tension and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it,” said producer Ehud Bleiberg.

Zoë Bell is a multitalented actress, martial artist and stuntwoman, having shown her incredible physical skills in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Raze, Django Unchained and her upcoming roles in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and our own film Paradox. Action fans will embrace her starring role in CAMINO where she gets to show her full range of talents,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.

Best known as a writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo wrote & directed Timecrimes, Open Windows (produced by SpectreVision), segments for V/H/S: Viral and The ABCs of Death, and will next helm Colossal starring Anne Hathaway.

Monday, 31 August 2015

The Martial Arts Kid Gets Theatrical Release to Kick It on Both Coasts!

The Martial Arts Kid from producers James Wilson and Cheryl Wheeler and starring martial arts legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don ‘The Dragon Wilson, is a film that aims to tackle the subject of bullying and a responsible training in and use of martial arts. 

Due to the important subject matter and through their many years work in the industry, the team were also able to assemble a dizzying amount of appearances by legendary and acclaimed masters and grandmasters of martial arts.

The film is now getting a theatrical release on both coasts which is great news!
The details are below:
New York
Friday September 18th 
The Anthology Film Archives
Theatre: Maya Deren Theatre (street level)
Address: 32 second ave New York, New York 10003

Sunday September 20th
The Anthology Film Archives
Theatre: Court House Theatre (2nd floor)
Address: 32 second ave New York, New York 10003

Los Angeles
Friday Septemeber 18th
Theatre: The Downtown Independent
Time: 7:30PM SHOWING
Address: 251 South Main St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Saturday & Sunday SHOWINGS TBA
Directed by Michael Baumgarten 
Robbie (Jansen Panettiere), an Ohio teen with an attitude, moves in with his Aunt (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) in sunny Florida. Robbie soon meets Rina (Kathryn Newton), but her boyfriend, Bo, the town bully (Matthew Ziff), beats Robbie down just for talking to his girl. Bo is a student at Dojo Extreme, a mixed martial art gym run by a fierce coach named Kaine (T.J. Storm) who trains his students that “Mite Makes Right.” This type of training goes against traditional martial art philosophies.
Robbie and Rina are destined to be together, but Robbie must fight to prove himself before that can happen. In this beachside town, Bo & his tough friends run things their way until Robbie learns martial arts, stands up to the bullies, and defends Rina and the citizens of the community.
How the Martial Arts Kid came to be
While in Detroit to film expo footage for Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock, director Michael Baumgarten met martial artist & actor TJ Storm. Michael thought it would be great to work with him on a movie. Around the same time, Don’s brother (James Wilson) told Michael that he wanted him to do a treatment (aka outline) for a martial arts movie with a family film theme and, that he wanted to film it in his and Don’s hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Michael created a detailed 10-page treatment about a teen nephew in crisis, needing a second chance, and having martial arts be the catalyst for a better life.
To get a jump on filming locations, Michael visited Cocoa Beach.
Months later, Michael returned to Cocoa Beach for open casting calls and additional location scouting.
The local turn-out was so amazing that Michael wrote in a scene to showcase two hundred extras in a martial art demonstration as “thanks” for showing up and wanting to be part of the movie.
In LA, casting directors Jerry Wolff and Kristine Nite brought in actor Jansen Panettiere.
Several days before filming it’s revealed that James Wilson’s 45 day Kickstarter campaign went over its $150,000 goal.
After a 2-year journey, the first day of filming The Martial Arts Kid finally arrived.
The Martial Arts Kid was shot in 14 days – with 6 filming days in Florida and 8 filming days in Los Angeles. Once the movie was nearly picture-locked, the editor and the director came up with a list of additional photography and 1 day of pickups was added. The movie was shot on a pair of Canon C300 HD cameras with some GoPro shots added.
Below is the trailer and we strongly urge everyone in either New York or Los Angeles to support this movie!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

ALL NEW Official poster for STONEWALL

Official TIFF Selection in the World Premiere Category. 

STONEWALL will open in theaters in September 25, 2015.

Presented by Roadside Attractions 

Directed by Roland Emmerich 

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Ron Perlman, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joey King 

STONEWALL is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through Danny and the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.

Twitter: @roadsidetweets Official 

They previously released this teaser 1 sheet. I actually prefer it.
What do you think?

The official trailer for YOUTH starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Rachel Weisz is HERE!

Directed and Written by Paolo Sorrentino
Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori 
Starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda

From Paolo Sorrentino, the internationally renowned writer and director of Italy’s Oscar-winning foreign language film The Great Beauty, comes YOUTH – a poignant tale of how we each find our own passion in life.
Starring Academy Award winner Michael Caine as Fred and Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel as Mick, YOUTH explores the lifelong bond between two friends vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge as they ponder retirement.
While Fred has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), Mick is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Academy Award winner Jane Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Paul Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? Set against a sprawling landscape of unforgettable sights and intoxicating music, YOUTH asks if our most important and life-changing experiences can come at any time – even late – in life.

YOUTH will open in theaters December 4, 2015

For more info: 
Official site: 

Learning to Drive is all about the women!

Now playing in LA & NY 
Opening SF, Boston, Chicago and Phoenix this Friday!

Check out “The Extraordinary Women of LEARNING TO DRIVE”

Follow and tag LEARNING TO DRIVE on social media!

Academy Award nominee Patricia Clarkson and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley star in this feel-good, coming of (middle) age comedy about a mismatched pair who help each other overcome life's road blocks.

Wendy is a fiery Manhattan author whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; Darwan is a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she’s never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

About Broad Green Pictures:
Broad Green Pictures (BGP) is a feature film production and distribution company founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014. The new studio provides filmmakers with unparalleled development support, production infrastructure, and marketing resources to execute their vision from script to screen. Through collaborative partnerships with both rising talent and established filmmakers, BGP shares incredible stories with the widest possible audiences, pushing boundaries and taking creative risks. BGP’s upcoming slate includes the critically acclaimed WALK IN THE WOODS, 99 HOMES, and LEARNING TO DRIVE, as well as Terrence Malick's KNIGHT OF CUPS, VOYAGE OF TIME, and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender

Friday, 21 August 2015

ARC Entertainment acquires Garm Wars: The Last Druid

ARC Entertainment has acquired US rights to the action-sci-fi thriller GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID.
Directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and co-written by Geoffrey Gunn (Siren), the film stars newcomer Melanie St-Pierre (Barney’s Version), Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and Lance Henriksen (Aliens).

ARC Entertainment will be releasing the film in-theaters and on VOD on October 2, 2015.

The deal was announced today by ARC Entertainment’s Head of Acquisitions Scott Moesta
Mamoru Oshii’s creative vision shines brilliantly throughout this film, with remarkable action and special effects from beginning to end,” said Moesta. “We’re excited to bring this unique story to the big screen for audiences, and especially genre fans to enjoy across the U.S.”

Visionary director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his seminal film Ghost in the Shell, a work famously cited by the Wachowski’s as a direct influence behind their iconic film The Matrix.

15 years in the making, GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID is a live action/CGI hybrid about a world on the brink of total collapse. The planet Annwn, inhabited by the Garm, is engaged in perpetual warfare among three tribes. One Columba fighter pilot, Khara (St-Pierre), embarks on a quest with an unlikely trio: Kumtak tribal elder Wydd (Henriksen), a sacred dog Gula, and one of the last remaining mystical Druids from a long forgotten time. A Briga soldier, Skellig (Durand), accompanies the small band after forging an uneasy truce with Khara. As they struggle across the land in the search for answers to their existence, they encounter raging storms, fierce giants, and mechanical mayhem. They survive these trials only to meet their most difficult challenge yet, a desperate battle against impossible odds for the truth they seek.

Joining forces with his longtime collaborator, composer Kenji Kawai (The Ring), and three-time Oscar Nominated Sound Designer Tom Myers (Up, Toy Story) of Skywalker Sound, Palme D’Or Nominee Mamoru Oshii delivers a feast for the eyes and ears. Lending their VFX artistry is acclaimed Toronto company Intelligent Creatures (Orphan Black). GARM WARS: THE LAST DRUID is produced by Makoto Asanuma (Gundam Wing), Tetsu Fujimura (Tekken), Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Ghost in the Shell, Attack on Titan), and Lyse Lafontaine (On the Road).

Recent ARC Entertainment releases include:
The Barber starring Scott Glenn and Chris Coy;
Molly Moon starring Emily Watson, Raffey Cassidy, Joan Collins and Dominic Monaghan;
and Safelight starring Juno Temple, Evan Peters, Ariel Winter and Kevin Alejandro.


Magnolia Pictures will release
In Theaters, On Demand and On iTunes on September 25th 
Directed by Douglas Tirola 
Featuring Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, John Goodman, Bill Murray and more!

From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability - and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including ANIMAL HOUSE and NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION, launching dozens of huge careers on the way.
Director Tirola tells the story of its rise and fall through fresh, candid interviews with its key staff, and illustrated with hundreds of outrageous images from the mag itself (along with never-seen interview footage from the magazine's prime). The film gives fans of the Lampoon a unique inside look at a magazine that dared to think what no one was thinking, but wished they had.

Running Time: 92 minutes
Rating: Unrated
For more information visit:

TRUMBO, starring Bryan Cranston, trailer, poster, photos & release date

Directed by Jay Roach

Screenplay by John McNamara

Starring Bryan Cranston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Louis C.K., David James Elliott, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Diane Lane, Alan Tudyk, Michael Stuhlbarg and Helen Mirren

In Theatres November 6, 2015

The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Distributor: Bleecker Street

Genre: Drama, Biography

Run time: 124 minutes

MPAA rating: Rated “R" for language including some sexual references

With a cast like that you can bet I am buying a ticket when this gets released!
Watch the trailer below, presented by Bryan Cranston and take a look at some stills from the film!

Bryan Cranston stars as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, a Bleecker Street release.

Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
Helen Mirren (left) stars as Hedda Hopper and Bryan Cranston (right) stars as Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, a Bleecker Street release. 
Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle
Bryan Cranston (left) stars as Dalton Trumbo and Diane Lane (right) stars as Cleo Trumbo in Jay Roach’s TRUMBO, a Bleecker Street release. 
Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

For More Information: 
Official Site: 
Twitter: @BleeckerStFilms 

Horror film SOME KIND OF HATE gets a release date and a trailer

SOME KIND OF HATE  from RLJ Entertainment

IN THEATERS, VOD, AND iTUNES: September 18, 2015 

Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer 

Written by  Brian DeLeeuw & Adam Egypt Mortimer 

Cast: Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps, Maestro Harrell, Lexi Atkins, Sierra McCormick, Noah Segan, Brando Eaton with Spencer Breslin and Michael Polish 

Synopsis:  Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln’s life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.

GENRE: Horror, Thriller 

RUNTIME: 83 minutes

RATING: Not Rated


Lone Suspect announces that production has started in Los Angeles on its latest feature film FEAR, INC. 
Written by Luke Barnett and directed by Vincent Masciale, who are best known for their viral videos on Will Ferrell’s “Funny or Die,” the film stars
Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”),
Caitlin Stasey (TV’s “Reign”),
Chris Marquette (ALPHA DOG)
and Stephanie Drake (“Mad Men”).

The supporting cast is rounded out with
Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”),
Patrick Renner (THE SANDLOT),
Ronnie Gene Blevins (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES)
and Richard Riehle (OFFICE SPACE).

Luke Barnett, Vincent Masciale along with Heather Kasprzak and Natalie Masciale are producing FEAR, INC. under their Lone Suspect banner. Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance as well as Tanner Thomason and Frank Masciale are executive producing the film.

FEAR, INC. follows a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when horror junkie Joe Foster's customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick game.
"With the self referential humor of films like SCREAM and CABIN IN THE WOODS and our background with Funny or Die, the goal is to add a large comedic element to the dark material," said director Vincent Masciale.

Lone Suspect is a Los Angeles based production company founded by Vincent Masciale and Luke Barnett. Last year Barnett executive produced LOITERING WITH INTENT (Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell) and the duo created Funny or Die's "Walking Dead" recap series, "The Walking Fred", which was nominated for two Streamy Awards. Their topical comedy videos on the site have touched on everything from "Game of Thrones" to "The Newsroom"


RLJ Entertainment, Inc. has acquired all U.S. & Canadian rights to the Caliber Media western BONE TOMAHAWK.
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, BONE TOMAHAWK stars, a magnificently moustachioed Kurt Russell, (Tombstone, Hateful Eight),
Patrick Wilson (Insidious, TV’s “Fargo”),
Matthew Fox (Alex Cross, TV’S “Lost”),
Lili Simmons (“True Detective”, “Banshee”),
and Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge).

BONE TOMAHAWK marks the first title acquired under the RLJ Entertainment brand. RLJ Entertainment, Inc. previously released its theatrical titles under the Image Entertainment brand, which RLJE purchased in 2012.
"We are proud to be bringing this thrilling film to US audiences this year,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer. “With S. Craig Zahler’s uncompromising vision and the raw performances from the incredible cast, there is no doubt that BONE TOMHAWK will be an instant classic.”

The plot goes like this: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy.
Produced by Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller, and Gregory Zuk of Caliber Media (Dark Was the Night, Some Kind of Hate) and executive produced by the Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects) and David Gilbrey (Red vs. Dead), the deal was negotiated by CAA, UTA, and Caliber on behalf of the filmmakers and Mark Ward and Grace Santos on behalf of RLJ Entertainment.

Recent RLJ Entertainment films, released under its Image Entertainment brand, include:
The Rewrite with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei and written & directed by Marc Lawrence;
and The Cobbler with Adam Sandler, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Steve Buscemi and written & directed by Tom McCarthy.

RLJ Entertainment theatrical releases include Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Green, Alexandra Daddario and directed by Joe Dante;
and Dark was the Night with Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas.

Editor’s note: Along with Hateful Eight I can’t wait for this western. I am a huge fan of Kurt Russell and the film Tombstone and so to get two Russell, moustache bearing westerns back to back is just too much goodness!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK of the ALL NEW Herschell Gordon Lewis produced Bloodmania

We here at the After Movie Diner are proud to be able to present to you the first sneak peek from one of the four segments that comprise the anthology film, Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania.
Produced by friend of the site, the awesome James Saito and with segments directed by genre icon Herschell Gordon Lewis,  Kevin Littlelight and Melanie Reinboldt, Bloodmania is the first movie from the magazine off-shoot Diabolique Films and is produced in conjunction with HGB Entertainment.
It stars up and coming, prolific indie scream queen, Genoveva Rossi.

Hear James Saito and Herschell Gordon Lewis discuss the film on The Podcast From The After Movie Diner

Finally, the Duke is here and it's a thing of beauty!

Back in 2010, at midnight, some friends and I stepped into the Landmark Sunshine Cinema on the lower east side and witnessed a screening of Duke Mitchell's "lost, now found" movie Gone With The Pope.

We were forever changed.

It is a masterpiece. A hilarious, thoughtful, beautiful, crude, kick ass masterpiece.

Then came the years of waiting.

Grindhouse Releasing, who's co-founder Bob Murawski edited the film together, let the movie be screened in various independent or cult cinemas but always resisted a home video release due to 'wanting to maintain the authenticity of the cinematic experience'. This was all very well and either the ultimate act of film nerdom, incredibly pretentious, incredibly selfish or some combination of the three. Despite the statement, the film only played maybe once more in New York City in the last 5 years and that initial screening remains my only viewing of this mesmerising, inventive, grimy, B-Grade gem.

Then in 2013 hopes were raised when an announcement was made that Gone With The Pope (along with a lot of other of Grindhouse Releasing's titles) was to be released on Blu Ray. That was about 20 months ago.

In December of 2014 Duke Mitchell's only fully completed film in his lifetime, the influential, crazy, poetic and violent Massacre Mafia Style was made available for pre-order on Amazon. I was a little baffled that this was getting a Blu release first and miffed I'd seen nothing more about Gone With The Pope but I, of course, pre-ordered it and went about my day. While it doesn't have the sheer, mind-bending invention of Gone With The Pope, it is a tremendous example of independent, fun, weird and wonderful cinema.

Finally! There was an announcement today, seemingly out of the blue, that the home release of Gone With The Pope was available for pre-order via Incredible! Amazing! The wait is over and it tastes so sweet!

For those who don't know it, the story behind Gone With The Pope:
Duke Mitchell was a Sinatra style crooner. The self appointed “King of Palm Springs.”
Early in his career he also had a Martin and Lewis style comedy act with Sammy Petrillo.
Michell may have got the film bug when he was featured in the 1952 rare weirdness that is Bela Lugosi meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, and fans of The Flintstones cartoons should know Mitchell provided Fred’s Elvis like singing voice on a number of episodes.

Bob Murawski, who co-owns Grindhouse Releasing (originally with, the sadly now late, Sage Stallone), ended up watching Massacre Mafia Style and loving it. Wanting more Duke Mitchell, he set out to try and find him, only to discover that Duke had died in 1981.

Then the Grindhouse Releasing duo got in touch with Duke’s son Jeffrey who told Bob Murawski about Gone with the Pope. Seventeen reels had been shot and a rough assembly of the movie put together but Duke had died before he had a chance to finish it. Jeffrey Mitchell agreed that Bob Murawski could edit and complete the film. It took 15 years (Murawski is also an in-demand Hollywood editor) but he did the very best restoration and edit job he could to get Gone With The Pope into shape and what is revealed is a thing of pure, weird beauty.

The BLU RAY editions:


Release Date: March 24, 2015
- Spectacular 2K digital restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
- Three stunning audio options – mono, stereo and 5.1 – mixed by Emmy award-winning mixer Marti Humphrey
- In-depth interviews with stars Jim LoBianco and John Murgia, cinematographer Peter Santoro, editors Bob Leighton and Robert Florio, and legendary exploitation producer/director Matt Cimber
- Footage from the 2010 Hollywood World Premiere
- Deleted scenes and bloopers
- Liner notes by acclaimed horror novelist John Skipp
- Extensive still galleries and theatrical trailer


Release Date: Feb 10, 2015
- Incredible new hi-definition digital restoration of the original director’s cut
- Stunning digital restoration of the original mono soundtrack
- Interviews with Jeffrey Mitchell, Frankie Ray, George Jacobs, Jim LoBianco, and exploitation legend Matt Cimber
- Almost one full hour of never-before-seen Duke Mitchell home movies
- Lost audio recording – Duke Mitchell Live in Concert, June 9, 1960
- Extensive still galleries, radio spots, and theatrical trailer
- Glossy booklet with rare photos and liner notes by author David Szulkin
- Spectacular new cover painting by renowned Los Angeles cult artist Dave Lebow

Ultimately then our dream has come true and a huge thanks, eventually, to Grindhouse Releasing for making this at all possible. Whatever my gripes were about not being able to own it for 5 years, without this company and those people we never ever would've seen the single greatest lost film in existence. Good things most definitely then, come to those who wait!

Pre-Order and pick up your copies today at

Hear us discuss Massacre Mafia Style on The Podcast from The After Movie Diner (Right Click To Download MP3)
Hear us discuss Gone With The Pope on The Podcast from The After Movie Diner (Right Click To Download MP3)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

NEW Slasher INTRUSION and it's sequel release information

Friend of the Diner, Craig Everett Earl's film INTRUSION slashes your way this summer when SGL Entertainment releases the horror/thriller feature film on Blu-ray and DVD in both U.S and Canada and a worldwide VOD release. Written and Produced by Award-winning Writer Craig Everett Earl and Directed by Dru Pfeiffer with Katie Stewart (Overtime, Revelation Trail), Teresa Lawrence (Ace Ventura Jr, Beethoven’s Big Break) and Lee Haycraft leading the cast.

Holly Jensen (Katie Stewart) leads an overly dramatic life. It’s one that is spent trying to avoid her problems and forget the past. Best friend Kali (Teresa Lawrence) has the perfect solution to making Holly feel better. It’s a game called “Wrong Number”. However, the man on the other end (Lee Haycraft) finds the joke less than funny and decides to play a game of his own. A game where Holly will become the pawn. It’s a character-driven thriller where everything has consequences and something as beautiful as a rose can be turned into any woman’s, worst nightmare.


SGL will follow up the intense slasher with INTRUSION:DISCONNECTED, the sequel already in production co-starring Scream Queen Tiffany Shepis (Sharknado 2, The Frankenstein Syndrome), Corey Feldman (Goonies, Lost Boys) and Sebrina Scott (Overtime). The Award-winning film is directed by Kyle Cates, (INTRUSION) written and produced by Craig Everett Earl and set for theaters Blu-ray/DVD U.S and Canada and worldwide VOD release in 2016. James Houk (The Dooms Chapel Horror) is on board as cinematographer.
The trailer can be seen at or at the official film site

Also releasing through SGL Entertainment is BLOOD ON THE REEL, a horror documentary that focuses on the highs and lows of independent horror filmmaking. Directed and Produced by longtime filmmaker Johnny Daggers. Craig Everett Earl is serving as Associate Producer for Blood on the Reel, where he’ll also be featured.
SGL Entertainment is headed up by Jeffrey A. Swanson and Damien Dante with partnerships that include MVD Entertainment and Indie Rights Movies.

More information on INTRUSION, INTRUSION:DISCONNECTED and the BLOOD ON THE REEL documentary can be found here:

You can hear Craig Everett Earl discuss these films on Diabolique's A Real Horror Show HERE

Intrusion and Intrusion:Disconnected

Blood on the Reel!

Friday, 16 January 2015


Arrow Films have revealed more information about the expansion of its celebrated Arrow Video label into North America this coming March.

Arrow Video were a huge success in the UK for their various cult and horror releases. They have, over the last few years, also won several ‘Label of the Year’ awards by The Guardian (2011, 2013) and Home Cinema Choice Magazine (2010/2013/2014) as well as awards from other institutions and festivals around the world.
There were also plenty of film collectors aware of their great restoration work and exclusive extras this side of the pond! So it's great news that while Hollywood studios seem to be dialling back on physical media, Arrow will join the ranks of Shout Factory, Blue Underground, Grindhouse Releasing and others, giving us hungry, rare and genre film fans what we want!

Arrow Video are launching in North America with a host of cult titles, receiving the usual deluxe treatment in video, audio, supplements and artwork.
Launch titles include:
Tonino Valerii’s Spaghetti Western Day of Anger [I Giorni dell’ira, aka Gunlaw] starring genre icons Lee Van Cleef and Giuliano Gemma;
Michael Armstrong’s bloody and brutal critique of state-funded religious corruption Mark of the Devil in a director-approved release;
and the thrillingly bizarro yakuza-samurai-ghost story-horror hybrid from Teruo Ishii, Blind Woman’s Curse (1971, also known as Black Cat’s Revenge).

Future releases include films never-before-released on DVD and/or Blu-ray from European and Japanese cult directors.

The release dates of these North American Blu-ray premieres are:
Mark of the Devil on 17th March,
Blind Woman’s Curse on 24th March
Day of Anger on 31st March.

Massacre Gun,
Blood and Black Lace

and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
will all follow in April 2015 with further titles to be announced and released throughout 2015.

The UK Artwork is shown as US packaging was not available at the time of writing this.
Genre Blu & DVD seller has the titles for pre-order HERE and we will be reviewing the titles on the blog here at

About Arrow Video:
Started as an offshoot label of Arrow Films in 2009, the label began with two cult titles: Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery (1981) and Lamberto Bava’s Macabre (1980). Arrow Video releases hark back the video store glory days when VHS covers were lurid and exciting. The Label employs top illustrative artists to create brand-new oil-painting covers featuring reversible original key art as an alternate option. The label releases definitive editions that include complete uncut versions, multiple audio tracks, copious extras, cutting edge design and informative booklets. The collection now spans more than 100 releases and includes films by a host of major auteurs from Argento to Yuzna!
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