Monday, June 19, 2006

The Garden

On July 11th Anchor Bay Entertainment, the acknowledged industry leader in horror DVD programming, presents the DVD premiere of The Garden, the latest exercise in terror from the fertile mind of acclaimed writer/producer Stephen J. Cannell (“The A Team”, “Hunter”, “Profit”, “21 Jump Street”). Starring Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Near Dark), Claudia Christian (“ Babylon 5,” The Hidden) and Sean Young ( Blade Runner, Stripes), The Garden digs deep into the greatest fears of civilization itself and will take viewers on a mind-bending journey, possibly to the end of times! Seeded with a bushel of value-added bonus features including audio commentary from the director and exclusive behind the scenes footage, The Garden promises a harvest of thrills for the casual and ardent “horror”-ticulturalist! SRP is $19.98 and pre-book date is May 31st.

Sam (Adam Taylor Gordon) is a boy with big problems: he is besieged by nightmares (sometimes religious in nature), he cuts himself and he's recently been released from a mental hospital. When he and his recovering alcoholic father (Brian Wimmer) are involved in an auto accident, they are forced to stay on a ranch owned by the enigmatic Ben Zachary (Henriksen). Soon, Sam's dark visions become frighteningly real. Even Sam's benevolent teacher (Young) gives no comfort. Amid the wheat stalks and horse trails, the dead walk, evil is everywhere and Sam fears that an apocalyptic prophecy might come to pass. Produced by Stephen J. Cannell and Michael Dubelko, directed by Don Michael Paul and written by Samuel Bozzo, The Garden is a provocative horror thriller about the battle for the soul of mankind – waged within all of us.

Anchor Bay has harvested bountiful supply of bonus features for The Garden DVD, including:
Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1), enhanced for 16x9 TVs
Audio Commentary with Director Don Michael Paul
The Garden: Behind-The-Scenes
Still Gallery
Lance Henriksen Bio
Street Date: July 11, 2006
Pre-Book: May 31, 2006
Catalog #: DV14358
UPC: 0-1313-14358-9 4
Run Time: 92 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
SRP : $19.98

Friday, June 02, 2006

Lost Boys - Continued (Or, Favorite Movie Moment)

Runner-up for: Favorite movie-going experience.....Seeing Scream 2 with Jennifer at the Orpheum in Madison, during the year we were both incredibly depressed. That was also the year I grew my hair out to hippie-length proportions and sported a mustache and goatee, hence making me look "smarmy" as well as some warped version of a pimp daddy who was way too fond of bright Hawaiian silk shirts. Jennifer, thanks for coming in at #2!!!! I had such a blast with you--waiting in that long line for the advance screening, the wild and reckless audience, the workers there dressed in costume, the laughter and applause and, yes, screams....

Now, on to our show....

I wish I could give lots of specifics about that day, but it's more a feeling that Mom and I captured when we went to see The Lost Boys during my fifth grade year. I believe it was an overcast day (I don't think it actually rained, though) and Mom and I drove to this theatre right outside of Lemont....Was it called the Watchtower Cinemas? Something like that. A.J. and I used to pay for PG movies and then sneak into R movies there all the time (ahh....Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Pet many more....And total tangent here: I just finished the first season of Life Goes On, and Corky has the ANOES4: Dream Master poster on his wall AND the same Alyssa Milano poster I had on my wall during my orientation-confused days. Mom used to say: "Can't they airbrush Alyssa's pleasure trail off the poster? You'd think she'd want them to do that....") From the opening moments of The Lost Boys, Mom and I were swept away into this haunted universe with gypsy veils, Star-crossed lovers, amazing Jason Patrick '80s hair, both Corey's, Diane Wiest (love you!), a goth-punk-magical reimagining of the vampire mythology, and a kick-ass soundtrack. Who could forget “Cry Little Sister (Theme from The Lost Boys)”, by Gerald McMann? The way the song swept over you as the camera swept over the Pacific Ocean during the opening credits? And one of Mom's favorite moments is when Tim Cappello's “I Still Believe” plays on the boardwalk in that first hectic night in Santa Cruz, and that hottie saxophone player with the bulging muscles and great braid starts busting out. Is that actually Tim Cappello playing the part, or did they loop his voice over an actor's?....Hmm....Just curious....I think I truly fell in love with vampires that day in the theatre. There was just this mystic magic hanging in the air, and really, who would have minded being bitten by a bleached-blonde pre-24 Keifer Sutherland? I love consuming vampire movies, vampire fiction, vampire anything. At Our House of Portland last week, one of the residents--after reading some of my poetry--asked me jokingly if I was a "lesbian vampire." This may be the most strange and wonderful compliment that anyone's given me! (Besides that one about a year ago when someone asked if I was a senior in high school. That person is, like, my best friend of all time.)

Reliving our favorite movie memories on VHS and DVD may not be the same, but it sure feels good to wrap ourselves up in Comfort Food, right? I can't tell you how happy I am to have my collection of Nightmare on Elm Streets, my Friday the 13ths, heck, even my JEM videos! They bring me back in such a good way.

You know, I don't know if it's my subconscious working and thus my reason for this post, but I just started watching the first season of Gilmore Girls (amazingly witty banter, by the way, makes your heart chuckle in all the right places). And who is one of the stars of GG, but Edward Herrmann, who plays Max in The Lost Boys! Finally, I just have to mention Jami Gertz, who I think I had a "crush" on in the same way I had a "crush" on Elisabeth Shue. (Scratching your head? Look two posts back.) Damn. Jami got lusted after by Jason and Keifer, as well as by Andrew McCarthy and Robert Downey Jr. in Less Than Zero. (I am purposefully leaving out a certain actor in Listen to Me that she starred with; love the film, but man, I sure don't live up to the Bible enough to please his demands now that he's gone all freaky-religious on us. Jesus, you get such a bad rap....You probably just sat around smoking pot, preaching love, and getting your groove on with Mary M., and folks like a Certain Actor have to make some of us shake our heads at their Throwing Stones version of Christianity.) In any case, Jami, you've still got it. You'll always be Star to me. Sometimes I wish I was the gypsy-witch-lovechild of Star and Stevie Nicks. Maybe in a parallel universe?....

Excuse my ramblings....I have a touch of the flu, and my mind and body feel like we're floating (maybe above those opening credits in The Lost Boys). Movies. Mom. Memories. The tagline for The Lost Boys is:

Sleep All Day. Party All Night. Never Grow Old. Never Die. It's Fun to Be a Vampire.

I think I'd add: It's Fun to Have a Mother That Loves to Watch Blood and Guts Get Spewed on the Big Screen as Much as I Do.

Lost Boys (Or, Movies with Mom)