Rest in Peace: Roberts Blossom | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
His name may not ring a bell at first, but chances are you're quite familiar with the work of character actor Roberts Blossom. Sadly, Mr. Blossom passed away last Friday in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 87.
The New York Times posted quite a nice tribute to the quirky actor, excerpts of which follow:
Roberts Blossom was known for playing cantankerous old coots, both comic and sinister, but may be best remembered as the kindly next-door neighbor in the comedy Home Alone. He was an ill-fated patient in the George C. Scott film The Hospital, the delirious Wild Bob Cody in Slaughterhouse-Five, Paul Le Mat’s ornery father in Citizens Band, the farmer who once saw Bigfoot in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the convict who paints the warden’s portrait in Escape From Alcatraz, and the irate judge who sentences Michael J. Fox to community service in the local hospital in Doc Hollywood.
In a rare starring role, he was Ezra Cobb, a crazed farmer who unleashes mayhem, in the cult horror film Deranged. Posters for the film bore the tag line: “Pretty Sally Mae died a very unnatural death ... but the worst hasn’t happened to her yet!”
His other genre roles included appearances in Christine and the TV series "Amazing Stories," "Tales from the Darkside," and "The Twilight Zone" (circa 1985/87).
The Howling: Reborn Trailer Bares its Fangs | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
[nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbzSOtGZsgo&feature=player_embedded"]‪The Howling Reborn‬‏ - YouTube[/nomedia]Well, this is unexpected! The trailer for The Howling: Reborn has quietly made its way online, and we have every pixel of it here for you curiosity seekers out there! Dig it and tell us what you think!
From the Press Release: It’s official! The Howling is reborn. One of the most admired horror franchises in screen history is about to run wild again, and this time it aims is to grab an even wider audience. Anchor Bay Films is proud to announce that it has acquired all rights for English speaking territories to the eagerly anticipated The Howling: Reborn, an all-new, totally original chapter written and directed by Joe Nimziki.
The legend of The Howling began more than 30 years ago, with the publication of Gary Brandner’s best-selling novel and the subsequent film adaptation written by Academy Award® nominated John Sayles (Lone Star, Spiderwick Chronicles) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, InnerSpace), the success of which ushered in a new screen era of werewolves. Before there was “Team Jacob,” there was Karen White, and Nimziki’s reboot of The Howling saga is being described in industry circles as “Twilight with bite” with the deft mix of romance and action that audiences worldwide are craving.
“Genre films have always been special at Anchor Bay,” said Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. “Given our success with many of the classic franchises and their honored remakes, The Howling: Reborn is the perfect addition to our family.”
“It is Joe Nimziki’s drive, creative vision and execution that has taken this franchise to the next level,” commented Etchie Stroh, CEO of Moonstone Entertainment. “Joe, along with [producer] Joel [Kastelberg], has worked very hard to make sure the film reaches an even wider demographic while preserving the original storyline.”
Wow, do we miss Eddie Quist. Sigh.
Annnnnnnd Twilight claims another victim. This looks like tweener crap with about 7 total minutes of werewolf fx, hidden by darkness. *******s.
Hi-Def Reviews - Horror Digital: The Nesting
This is the second review of this Blu that I've read and the other was also really positive. I may have to pick this up.All these great vague two word eighties titles imply that there’s something odd, inexplicable and affecting lingering about, and in the case of The Nesting, Blue Underground has a solid unseen gem on their hands here. With a mature story, accomplished performances, creative camerawork and some scary set pieces, it’s a shocker that definitely deserves a look. Blue Underground’s transfer gets top marks all around, and the deleted scenes and the surprisingly robust still gallery help round off a fine release. It had been awhile since Blue Underground put out a horror property that hadn’t long been in their possession, but hopefully they’re nesting more gems like this one. I could deal with being an agoraphobe pretty easily with titles like this in my collection. Recommended!
Blue Underground does tremendous work as far as cleaning up and dressing up their dvds with quality extras. I've been waffling on this, may have to pick it up.