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Class of 1989: The Lasting Horrors of the Pint-Sized Killers in Puppet Master

[We're celebrating some of the most memorable horror and sci-fi movies of 1989 this month in Daily Dead's Class of 89 retrospective series! Check back on Daily Dead throughout the rest of August for more special features celebrating the 30th anniversaries of a wide range of horror and sci-fi films!]

Is there a horror movie from your childhood that gives you the creeps even as an adult? If your answer is no, then you are one lucky duckling. If your answer is yes (there are more than a few on my list), then you and I are in the same boat. I usually like to do a refresher before I write about a film, but I honestly could not bring myself to do that for today's retrospective: David Schmoeller's Puppet Master (1989) from Full Moon Features. Sometimes, the movie's poster or just the look of Blade's tiny, beady eyes and hook take me back to the first time I encountered it on TV—and the nightmares that followed.

Puppet Master tells the story of Andre Toulon (William Hickey), the owner and creator of living puppets Blade, Khan, Gengie, Tunneler, Pinhead, Leech Woman, and Jester. Before he is found by two Nazis,
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The Day Time Ended

Long Awol from Home Video — the last time I peeked it was an unwatchable pan-and-scanned laserdisc — this early Charles Band opus came at a time when the purveyor of third-class horror thrills could command a budget. A rather phenomenal list of ’70s special effects hopefuls collaborated to give the show lasting appeal, mainly by including some stop motion monsters from a parallel dimension. An average American family spends a chaotic night battling bizarre phemoneema… phelomea… stuff that’s leaked into our reality through that nuisance Sci-fi catch-all, a Time-Space Warp. A pair of big name stars twenty years past their sell-by date endure all manner of rubber critters, zipping flying saucers and green-glowing supernatural artifacts!

The Day Time Ended

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1979 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 79 min. / Street Date May ?, 2019 / Available online through Amazon / 24.95

Starring: Jim Davis, Chris Mitchum, Dorothy Malone, Marcy Lafferty, Natasha Ryan, Scott C. Kolden.

Cinematography: John
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Scream Factory’s The Seduction Blu-ray Clip, TV Spot, and Trailer

Starring Morgan Fairchild as a news anchor targeted by a deranged stalker, The Seduction is coming to Blu-ray on May 21st from Scream Factory, and ahead of its anticipated release, we've been provided with a clip, TV spot, and trailer to give Daily Dead readers a better idea of what to expect from the new Blu-ray.

The Seduction Blu-ray: "Morgan Fairchild and Andrew Stevens burn up the screen in this steamy stalker thriller!

L.A. anchorwoman Jamie Douglas (the stunning Morgan Fairchild in her big screen debut) has it all: a glamorous career on a top-rated news show, a luxurious house in the hills, and a devoted young admirer named Derek (Andrew Stevens). But when Jamie rebuffs his romantic advances, Derek becomes an obsessed stalker who plays out an increasingly psychotic courtship with the frightened newswoman. Soon he is threatening every part of her life, secretly watching even her most intimate moments.
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Morgan Fairchild in ‘The Seduction’ Blu-ray Coming in May

Scream Factory will release the 1982 thriller The Seduction starring Morgan Fairchild, Michael Sarrazin, Vince Edwards and Andrew Stevens on Blu-ray for the first time on May 21st.

The Seduction is a notable indie release as it marks Morgan Fairchild's big screen debut. It earned nearly quadruple its meager $3 million budget at the box office.

A trio of new interviews are joined by a collection of legacy bonus features for The Seduction high definition debut. The complete suite of extras is as follows:

New “Beauty and Strength” Interview with Actress Morgan Fairchild

New “The Seducer” Interview with Actor Andrew Stevens

New “Flashbacks” – Interview with Producer Bruce Cohn Curtis

Audio Commentary with Producer Irwin Yablans, Bruce Cohn Curtis and Writer/Director David Schmoeller

“Remembering The Seduction” featurette featuring interviews with Bruce Cohn Curtis, Irwin Yablans, David Schmoeller, Actress Colleen Camp, Actor Kevin Brophy and Associate Producer Tom Curtis

“Remembering the Locations and
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s The Seduction Blu-ray

Starring Morgan Fairchild as a news anchor targeted by a deranged stalker, The Seduction is coming to Blu-ray on May 21st from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with the full list of special features, including a new interview with Fairchild.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – On May 21, The Seduction, the steamy stalker thriller starring Morgan Fairchild and Andrew Stevens comes to Blu-ray™ from Scream Factory. Bonus features include brand new interviews with Morgan Fairchild, Andrew Stevens, and producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, and more. The Seduction is available for pre-order from Scream Factory and Amazon.com.

L.A. anchorwoman Jamie Douglas (the stunning Morgan Fairchild in her big screen debut) has it all: a glamorous career on a top-rated news show, a luxurious house in the hills, and a devoted young admirer named Derek (Andrew Stevens). But when Jamie rebuffs his romantic advances, Derek becomes an obsessed stalker who plays out
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Scream Factory Announces Blu-ray Releases for The Alligator People, The Chosen, and The Seduction

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In addition to When a Stranger Calls Back, Scream Factory has several other horror titles in store for viewers this May, including their newly announced Blu-rays for 1982's The Seduction, 1977's The Chosen, and 1959's The Alligator People:

The Seduction Blu-ray: "Morgan Fairchild (The Initiation of Sarah) is a news reporter terrorized by an obsessed admirer in 1982’s steamy and deadly thriller The Seduction. Coming soon to Blu-ray for the first time on May 21st!

L.A. anchorwoman Jamie Douglas (Fairchild) has it all: a glamorous career on a top-rated news show, a luxurious house in the hills, and a devoted young fan named Derek (Stevens). But when Jamie rebuffs his romantic advances, Derek becomes a stalker who plays out an increasingly psychotic courtship with the frightened newswoman. Soon he is threatening every part of her life, secretly watching even her most intimate moments. Her tough-talking lover (Michael Sarrazin) can't console her.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Crawlspace (1986)

Just based off his looks alone no one did creepy better than Klaus Kinski, even when he played a good guy; those bulging, searing eyes and cracked smile never made anyone feel at ease. So when he was given a role that went all in on villainy, he usually picked up the blade and ran with it. In the case of Crawlspace (1986) however, a creepy character study in obsession and escalating madness, he eases up on the throttle a little and in turn offers up one of his most memorable performances.

Produced and released by Charles Band’s Empire Pictures in late May stateside, Crawlspace wasn’t a success with critics or audiences; many found the subject matter of stalking and voyeurism tacky and distasteful (an Empire Pictures film distasteful? Never!) but did allow faint praise for Kinski’s work in the film. The praise should be more than a
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Horror Highlights: Phantasma Collectibles’ Puppet Master Figures, Who’S Watching Oliver?, The School Trailer, Violence Voyager Screening Details

"I'm the master and you're the puppet!" Leading today's Horror Highlights are images and details for Phantasma Collectibles' new vinyl figures of Blade and Torch based on David Schmoeller's Puppet Master (1989). Also in today's Highlights: Who's Watching Oliver? release details, a new trailer for the Australian horror film School, and Violence Voyager screening details at the 2018 Japan Cuts film festival.

Puppet Master Soft Vinyl Figure Photos and Release Details: The folks over at Phantasma Collectibles have created two vinyl figures based on the 1989 cult hit Puppet Master. Directed by David Schmoeller, Puppet Master follows Andre and his living dolls, Pinhead, Blade, Jester, Shredder Khan, Gengie, Leech Woman, and Tunneler, who are hidden away in the wall of a hotel to keep them safe from Nazis. Blade and Torch (from Puppet Master 2) are the two lucky enough so far to have a figure, but perhaps more characters from the Puppet Master films will follow,
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Graphic Nature: Marc Schoenbach on Creating the Tourist Trap Vinyl Score Artwork for Waxwork Records

A warped, schizophrenic journey into the dark recesses of the mind, David Schmoeller’s Tourist Trap is a fragmented piece of cult cinema dripping in masked mayhem and macabre mannequins. Released in 1979, instead of the clichés of maniacal knife wielders that plagued the genre in the following decades, the film reveled in using elements of suspense, eerie cinematography, and a deeply unsettling score courtesy of Italian composer Pino Donaggio. After tracking down the original masters and re-working them perfectly for the vinyl grooves, Waxwork Records contracted Marc Schoenbach, artist from Sadist Art Designs, whose deadpan delivery was essential in carving out the lush visual imagery that mirrored the bleak but beautiful audio within.

Reflecting upon how he got caught up with the Tourist Trap reissue, Schoenbach explained, “When I quit my job as a psychologist (okay, I was fired, but they asked me to come back and I said no
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Rewind This! – The Review: A Look Back at the Days of VHS

I admit it, I’m a sentimental old fart. I get choked up and maudlin very often, when I think of family and friends, a moment in time when I realized the tragedy life can bring to us, or the joy. I tear up at the movies regularly, or reading certain passages in books. But I never thought I would weep at the loss of a video system. If you read We Are Movie Geeks regularly you must be aware of the video revolution of the 1980s, when VHS players and recorders found a place in almost every home in America. I hope you recall the early days when VHS was neck and neck with Betamax, a technically better system. Remember the days of Mom and Pop video rental stores when almost anyone could open a store front, and with a collection of VHS tapes start making money? As one of the many,
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Blu-ray Review: Cellar Dweller / Catacombs

Having issued definitive collector’s editions of a number of high-profile horror classics of the ’80s and ’90s, Scream Factory often turns to smaller and more obscure titles to remind fans of some of the gems that once lined video store shelves. Lately they’ve been killing it with HD releases of Charles Band’s old Empire Pictures titles, several of which are appearing on home video for the first time since VHS (like their recent release of Ghost Town, for example). While both Cellar Dweller and Catacombs got a DVD release in 2013 as part of an “All Night Horror Marathon” four-film collection (the DVD debut of both movies), this new double feature Blu-ray is the first time either can be seen in high-def.

After a mostly unnecessary prologue that features Jeffrey Combs (presumably so that the movie can prominently bill a genre star as part of its cast
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Blu-ray Review: Ghost Town

Why aren’t there more horror westerns? For two genres that have been around pretty much since the beginning of cinema, it’s surprising that more filmmakers haven’t taken the opportunity to combine horror films and westerns the same way they have horror and comedy or horror and sci-fi. Sure, there are a handful, but most of the prominent entries in this limited subgenre are horror films that are, at best, informed by the tropes and flavor of westerns without being westerns in the classical sense. It’s the rare horror movie that actually features horses and saloons and supernatural cowboys. Ghost Town is one such movie.

Not to be confused with the Ricky Gervais romantic comedy of the same name, 1988’s Ghost Town opens with the disappearance of a beautiful blonde woman (Catherine Hickland of Witchery) at the hands of some unseen force. A cop named Langley (Franc Luz
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Tourist Trap

It is fitting that Tourist Trap came out in 1979. This was a year of variety in horror with everything from Ridley Scott’s Alien to Lucio Fulci’s Zombie. From space creatures to the walking dead and all points in between, this was the end of a decade and Tourist Trap couldn’t have been made at any other time. It’s magnificently weird.

Released in March by Compass International Pictures, Tourist Trap was not a commercial or critical success. That’s a real shame because it possesses a unique ability to get under the skin of the viewer with the oddest of fears: Mannequins. Have you ever been shopping and felt the dead eyed gaze of these department store statues? Ever felt they were watching…and waiting? Well sit back and strap in as things are about to get strange.

In a nutshell: A traveling group of young adults
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The Outing / The Godsend & Cellar Dweller / Catacombs Blu-ray Details

The folks at Scream Factory have pencilled in onscreen scares on the calendar for their Summer of Fear: Part 2, with double feature Blu-rays of The Outing / The Godsend and Cellar Dweller / Catacombs scheduled to hit shelves on July 14th:

Press Release -- "A gift from Heaven…or a curse from Hell! Scream Factory presents a quartet of supernatural thrillers with brand new HD transfers. All part of the Scream Factory All Night Horror Marathon and All Night Horror Marathon 2 releases on DVD in 2013, fans called for better video transfers and here they are! The Outing & The Godsend and Cellar Dweller & Catacombs make their Blu-ray debut on July 14, 2015.

The Outing (Aka The Lamp)

An ancient genie is released from a lamp when thieves ransack an old woman's house. They are killed and the lamp is sent to a museum to be studied. The curator's daughter is soon possessed by the genie
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Scream Factory’s Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art for Ghost Town, Jack’s Back, Cellar Dweller / Catacombs Double Feature, Nomads & More

Scream Factory celebrated Friday the 13th in style for the second month in a row last week by once again setting their sights on the upcoming Summer of Fear: Part 2 and announcing a bunch of horror films they plan to release on Blu-ray when longer days and warmer nights usher in another summer.

The Outing (aka The Lamp) & The Godsend Double Feature, Cellar Dweller & Catacombs Double Feature (both due out on July 14th):

Via Scream Factory's Facebook page: "1987’s genie-on-the loose The Outing will be paired with 1980’s Omen-inspired The Godsend from Cannon Pictures.

- Empire Pictures’ Cellar Dweller and Catacombs (both from 1988) will share a double bill. John Carl Buechler (Troll, Friday the 13th Part VII) directed Cellar and David Schmoeller (Tourist Trap, Puppetmaster, The Seduction) directed Catacombs.

All are expected to land on 7/14 and will receive new widescreen HD transfers. Pre-order links will go up next month.
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'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'

'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'
Stuart Gordon shot his first film, 1985's much beloved gorefest Re-Animator, in Los Angeles but then decamped to Italy to shoot Dolls, his second movie and second terror tale. While there, Gordon was also taken down a peg, or 12, by a local craftsman. "They didn’t shoot sound in Italy, they weren't used to that," says Gordon, whose other directing credits include From Beyond, Castle Freak, and 2005's William H. Macy-starring Edmond. "I remember there was one day when I was shooting something and there was a carpenter hammering in the background, working on another one of our sets—hammering and sawing.
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10 Creepy Dolls in Horror Movies

Dolls can be scary as hell. My family has had a creepy-ass doll lying arounds for years, and we use that thing to scare the living shit out of each other. We will hide it in places where the victim would least suspect it. We've gotten some good scares and hilarious laughs with that thing. It's terrifying! I passed by that doll in the garage today and it inspired me to write up a top 10 list of creepiest dolls in movies.

Jigsaw(Saw)

This jacked-up tricycle-riding doll is a very bad premonition. This is something you'd never want to come across for real because it means pain is coming. It offers the person watching it nothing but bad news. Even though the doll is never actually referred to as Billy in the movies, it was reportedly known behind the scenes as the Billy Doll.

Fats the ventriloquist dummy(Magic)

This
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The Bottom Shelf: Theatre Of Blood, Sparks, Wrecked and more

It's a new monthly horror column, where Nick looks at the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases. This time? Theatre Of Blood, Sparks and more...

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Welcome to Den Of Geek’s newest regular feature. Leaving a monthly stain on the glowing veneer of the site’s hallowed digital halls, this blog’s humble goal is to explore cinema’s shady alleyways in search of the obscure, weird and not-so-wonderful, bad taste, or just plain bad. All clear? Then, let’s get wading.

Everyone knows that critics are a wretched, bitter cross-section of human sewage, right? In case you’d forgotten, the first few films we encounter provide evidence of these dregs of society finally getting their just desserts.

Vincent Price might be the perfect critic-slayer. Surely there can be no finer way to go than accompanied by a Shakespearian quote in the high-camp dulcet tones of a horror legend. Theatre Of Blood,
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The ‘Tourist Trap’ Blu-Ray Controversy that You Need To Read.

[Update 5/5/2014 11:08am - Added Charlie Band's reply from Blu-Ray.com]

If you are reading this site, there is a chance that you attend some conventions. Whether you travel to them or they roll into your hometown, more than likely this year you will see Charlie Band. Granted, the deal he is schlepping isn’t too bad. For $18 and your credit card, you can get 3 months of the Full Moon Streaming service in addition to 3 Blu-Rays of your choice. Since I’m not a huge fan of businesses having my credit card in a recurring payment that I always forget to cancel, you can actually give the Full Moon dudes (pun intended) a $20 bill and they’ll give you the same deal without having to worry about that recharge in 3 months. Hell, I did it at Cinema Wasteland last month. I figured that 3 months of the Full Moon streaming service and three Blu-Rays – one of which including Tourist Trap – was a great deal.
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‘Tourist Trap’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory | Written by David Schmoeller, J. Larry Carroll | Directed by David Schmoeller

The slasher film does not have that much of a history of being scary. Mostly it’s about some psychopathic killer who easily stalks down his/her victim while they run for their lives but never quite manage to escape. This is of course unless they are pure and virginal deeming them the one to survive for moralistic value. I find that it’s quite rare to find a truly creepy slasher, which is why it was so nice to finally discover Tourist Trap.

In the middle of nowhere on a road that has been made redundant by a new highway is a little museum made up of mannequins and run by a seemingly nice man known as Mr. Slausen. When tourists turn up he
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