Interview…Film and Television Composer Anton Sanko on His Emmy Nom for ‘Ring of Fire’

Music composer and producer Anton Sanko (pictured above Left with director/producer Sam Raimi) was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work in the Lifetime Original Movie “Ring of Fire” in the category of Outstanding Music Composition For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (Original Dramatic Score). “Ring of Fire” stars Jewel as legendary country artist June Carter […]

Off the Shelf…’Oz the Great and Powerful’

In this prequel to the 1939 classic, Sam Raimi shows us how the “Wizard of Oz” became so Great and Powerful. This Blu-Ray release allows us to go much deeper into this so-called prequel than even the well-intentioned 3D transfer would allow. Thankfully a second helping of this saccharine world is a more enjoyable affair […]

G-S-T Review…Evil Dead

There’s a caveat that needs to be applied to any review of Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead, Sam Raimi’s unassailable 1981 horror staple: the new version isn’t as good as the old. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be, because nobody should reasonably expect genre remakes to live up to or […]

G-S-T Review…Oz the Great and Powerful

Who wouldn’t want to travel to the wondrous and imaginative worlds we’ve seen grace the silver screen? Chief among the most magical candidates has to be the Land of Oz. In this prequel to the 1939 classic, Sam Raimi shows us how the “Wizard of Oz” became so Great and Powerful. Usually it’s with extreme hesitation that one would chose to […]

“The CineMagic 8-Ball” – In Theaters 03/08/13

When so many movies are released each week and trailers often seem better than the movie itself, what should one do? In this precarious situation, we consult the The CineMagic 8-Ball (TM) to help us see through the nebulous marketing haze. Doing so just might save us all a disheartening trip to the cinema and […]

Sweet Trailer…Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great and Powerful'

Sam Raimi’s successful genre crossing career has gone from horror/camp to comic books and now he’s treading new ground…somewhere over the rainbow that is. From the first images and teaser trailer it looks like his trip to the land of OZ would be one of wondrous delight. Well brace yourselves, this full trailer for Disney’s […]

Sweet (Teaser) Trailer…Fede Alvarez's 'Evil Dead'

Sam Raimi‘s original Evil Dead is getting an overhaul from one Fede Alvarez. Based on the buzz from NY Comic-Con and the insanity of this teaser trailer, it looks like this might impress all the naysayers…like every. single. one. Now necessity of remakes are subjective and an argument best held elsewhere because today we’re just […]

G-S-T Review…The Possession

Good news, horror fans: The Possession contains fifteen minutes of a solid Sam Raimi flick. There’s bad news, of course, and that’s that those minutes find their home in the climax, which is preceded by a mixed bag of demonic possession tropes brought to us by Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal. The Possession finds itself in an uncomfortable place where […]

Sweet (Teaser) Trailer…Disney's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' – UPDATED

Disney looks to have quite the line up as their Wreck-It Ralph will hit theaters this November but next year we get an even more fantastical story with Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful. Raimi looks to trade web-shooters and campy horror for the Yellow Brick Road and wizards/witches. We got a stunningly gorgeous teaser poster […]

Ohhh, Look…First Teaser Poster for Disney's 'Oz the Great and Powerful'

One of the great things that’s happening in Hollywood is the exploration of ideas behind films we love. Back stories, prequels and the like show us a side to films/characters we thought we know and, when they’re done successfully, give much more depth and intricacy. However this isn’t the first time our understanding of Oz has […]

Sweet (and Spooky) Trailer…'The Possession'

Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell) produces the mid-Summer shocker The Possession. The film follows a divorced couple dealing with their young daughter’s recent change after she acquires a mysterious antique box at a yard sale. Only, there’s no music in this box, it contains a Dybbuk:  a “wandering spirit who takes over […]

G-S-T Quick 5 – Great Filmmakers Who Began in Horror

I’m no film historian but I have noticed something consistent in the films I’ve seen. While there’s no surefire formula for success in Hollywood, it’s a good bet that if you want to make it big, you have to start in horror. Now many people may not enjoy horror films but there are a number […]