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HORROR ICONS UNITE TO CELEBRATE ICON ROBERT ENGLUND

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Horror Icons such as Corey Taylor, Bill Moseley, Eli Roth, Corey Taylor, Ken Kirzinger, Michael Berryman, Andrew Divoff and R.A. Mihailoff are uniting together in the upcoming documentary ICON: The Robert Englund Story, to celebrate the iconic status and career of genre legend Robert Englund. As well as celebrating his Horror Iconic status the documentary will also focus on his 40-year career with exclusive interviews with the cast and crew from his countless movies.

The documentary is now live on IndieGoGo and the makers of the project need your help to raise funds to get it made. You can head over to IndieGoGo and choose from a wide-range of perks including signed posters, copies of the blu-ray and DVD, producer credits, pins and much more. Without your help this project won’t be possible!

From the makers of RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop, Pennywise: The Story of IT and You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night, comes this brand-new documentary celebrating the work and iconic status of one of horrors most-loved actors Robert Englund. Since first donning a tattered fedora and a glove of eviscerating blades in 1984, Robert Englund has become one our generation’s most beloved horror icons. Englund has risen to stand shoulder to shoulder in the pantheon of movie legends alongside such greats as Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee. His portrayal of Freddy Krueger is without doubt a moment as visceral to the horror genre as Chaney’s werewolf or Karloff’s ground-breaking realisation of Frankenstein’s monster. Yet few realise the depths of England’s true power as a character actor away from the latex mask and iconic red and green jumper. A classically trained actor and talented director, Englund has starred in many well-received movies in the years since Freddy’s cinematic birth as well as directing his own feature film.

This documentary will explore who the man behind the mask truly is, charting his early days in TV and Film to his current stratospheric status in the horror universe. Including intimate interviews with friends and colleagues as well as the man himself ‘ICON’ will answer the fundamental question ‘was playing an iconic movie character a gift or a double-edged sword for such versatile and talented actors?’

With interviews from Robert himself as well as Nightmare on Elm Street alumni and cast and crew of the likes of Urban Legend, 2001 Maniacs, 976-Evil, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Wishmaster, V, Dead and Buried, Phantom of the Opera and many more, ‘ICON’ is truly a celebration of the horror genre classics from the 1980s to present day.

‘ICON’ will also explore the fandom of Horror icons such as Kane Hodder, Doug Bradley, Micheal Berryman, Bill Moseley, Brad Dourif, Tony Todd as well as many others and how cinema has created such iconic and memorable horror characters in the same vein as Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger!

Writer, producer, co-director and life-long Robert Englund fan Gary Smart said “Working on this project with Robert is like a dream come true, having being a huge Freddy fan for as long as I can remember. One major thing we want to ensure in the doc is Robert’s work beyond Freddy Krueger. Robert is a natural comedian and a versatile character actor, his wealth of movies will be explored as well as other Horror Icons discussing Robert’s impact on the genre. It’s now really important to get the documentary funded on Indiegogo so we can get working on the production and give Robert the project he deserves.”

Producer Michael Leavy adds “Robert Englund is the epitome of a horror icon because he created a character that at this point has taken a life of its own. He embodied Freddy Krueger and to this day that character still lives and breathes in pop culture, even if you haven’t seen any of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films, you still know who Freddy Krueger is and that’s an extremely powerful compliment to an actors performance in how strong it is. His creation is up there with classics such as Frankenstein, the werewolf, and Dracula. Robert has given his life to Freddy and in return Freddy Krueger has been ingrained in our societies psyche for generations and will be for many generations to come.”

Chris Griffiths, co-director states “I can’t think of a more fitting title than this to describe Robert Englund. He really is the modern horror icon, who like Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi before him has become synonymous with not only his screen persona but the (horror) genre as a whole.”

Producer John Campopiano stated “Robert Englund is an icon for several reasons: one is that he had such a long run playing such a memorable character in a beloved horror franchise. The other reason is that over the course of his vast career he has played such varied characters in many different genres. His unique look and charismatic on-screen presence and voice has made him a staple–an icon–in movies for the last 40 years.”

As with all Cult Screenings Documentary projects ‘ICON! The Robert Englund Story’ will be fan funded and will launch on Indiegogo https://igg.me/at/ICONDOC/x/16663677 from June 1st for 30 days – this is an amazing opportunity for horror fans, Freddy fans and fans of Robert to be a part of this amazing celebration of horror Icons and the man who brought Freddy Krueger to life over 30-years ago!

‘ICON’ is the ultimate celebration of horror cinema’s most iconic actors as well as the cast and crew of his films and other Iconic horror stars of our generation.

More information can be found at the official facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RobertEnglundDoc/

as well as the official IMDB page https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10172168/ updated regularly and the IndieGoGo page https://igg.me/at/ICONDOC/x/16663677 campaign ends on June 30th, please support and make this documentary happen!

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The 80sNostalgia Podcast

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The 80sNostalgia Podcast launches on the 20th anniversary of this site, the 9th June 2019. Can you believe this little ol’ website is 20 years old? Hard to believe that it first came into being last century, back in the 90s!

The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, acast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Soundcloud, and on our new Podcast Website.

Episode 1 contains an interview with our founder and original owner, B1rdy. Anyone who used to visit 80sNostalgia in the early 2000s will be familiar with the B1rdy, but very little was known about him. I thought it was only right that he be the first guest. After all, without him 80sNostalgia would not exist.

Other guests include Hugo Myatt (Treguard from Knightmare), Jonathan Sothcott (Film Producer), Pat Sharp (Funhouse TV presenter), Mike Quinn (Jim Henson puppeteer), Michael Winslow and Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), and a huge amount of 80s fans and 80s YouTubers.

Visit the podcast area to listen online – podcast.80sNostalgia.com

And thanks to all of you for visiting this site over the last 20 years.

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The 80sNostalgia Podcast Launches 9th June

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The 80sNostalgia Podcast launches on the 20th anniversary of this site, the 9th June 2019. Can you believe this little ol’ website is 20 years old? Hard to believe that it first came into being last century, back in the 90s!

The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, acast, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Soundcloud, and on our new Podcast Website.

Episode 1 contains an interview with our founder and original owner, B1rdy. Anyone who used to visit 80sNostalgia in the early 2000s will be familiar with the B1rdy, but very little was known about him. I thought it was only right that he be the first guest. After all, without him 80sNostalgia would not exist.

Other guests include Hugo Myatt (Treguard from Knightmare), Jonathan Sothcott (Film Producer), Pat Sharp (Funhouse TV presenter), Mike Quinn (Jim Henson puppeteer), Michael Winslow and Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), and a huge amount of 80s fans and 80s YouTubers.

Visit the podcast area to listen online – podcast.80sNostalgia.com

And thanks to all of you for visiting this site over the last 20 years.

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Manchester Comiccon Weekend

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I got back to my house at 7pm last Sunday, slumped onto the couch and said, “Well, that was a weekend and a half!” I was exhausted.

We had spent two days at Manchester Comiccon which, by far, had been the best weekend we had experienced in a good few years. Over the weekend I had interviewed Steve Guttenberg and Michael Winslow for my podcast, touched a genuine Gremlin, got my photo taken with Sloth from The Goonies, met Johnny 5 from Short Circuit, and taken a photo of Steve Guttenberg learning how to use a Lightsabre.

“The thing is… if I told anyone about what has happened,” I said to my wife, “they wouldn’t believe us.” She agreed.

We had arrived early on Saturday and spent the first hour wandering around in awe. The moment you stepped inside the venue, (the BEC arena in Manchester,) you were faced with full scale recreations on space craft from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. The sheer size of them was immense.

There were a generous amount of photo opportunities too, which were all free. You could have your photo taken on the Simpsons couch, or stood outside the Blue Oyster Bar from Police Academy. Johnny 5 from Short Circuit was also wandering around and was happy for you to take a photo of or with him. The bike from Street Hawk and KITT were both on display too.

Guest-wise it was a very 80s event, which was perfect for us! Steve Guttenberg was there! The ACTUAL Steve Guttenberg, from Police Academy, Short Circuit, Three Men And A Baby and Cocoon. Michael Winslow, Marion Ramsey and Leslie Easterbrook, also all from Police Academy, were all there too. It was Steve’s first UK Comiccon appearance, and he was so welcoming when you went to talk to him.

From Gremlins there was Zach Galligan, Judge Reinhold and Francis Lee McCain. They were all really approachable too.

Each of the guests took part in an onstage Q&A and the Police Academy talk, with all four guests, was awesome. It was great to hear Steve, Michael, Leslie and Marion recount personal stories from the Police Academy films, including one story about Callahan’s bra and Bubba Smith (Officer Hightower) bargaining to get Marion into one of the sequels. These are the kind of stories I love hearing about.

Aside from the guests and the many talks throughout both days, there were two other huge areas to explore – a Retro Gaming area and a Trading Hall.

I’ll be honest, I spent hours in the Retro Gaming area over both days. Although I run an 80s website, I don’t own many original 80s consoles and computers. I tend to use emulators, so it was SO good to finally play Chuckie Egg on a real CRT, using keys! I even bumped into veteran games programmer Jim Bagley, who was there as an 80s fan too. Jim is always great to chat to.

The traders hall was great too, with vendors selling everything from anime series, to original artwork, to sweets and retro games. As ever, when I am let lose at a convention, I bought far too many Lego-style minifigures. I think I’m addicted.

For those of you who have never been to a Comiccon before, I recommend you do. Comiccons give you a genuine chance to meet people who you have only ever seen on TV or in films. But not only can you meet famous people, you can get autographs from them, see sets and props from films, and mingle with likeminded fans.

So, yes, I was exhausted at the end of day two as I say slumped on my couch, but I’m so looking forward to the next Monopoly Events show!

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 125: The Molly Maguires

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by Brendan Cassidy from InSession Film to look at the 1970 film The Molly Maguires, starring Sean Connery and Richard Harris.

Download the Show:
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Show Notes:
InSession Film
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Movies Discussed:
The Molly Maguires
October Sky
Mr. Majestyk

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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The Coca-Cola Kid

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Product placement in movies can be a big deal, and it often draws complaints from viewers. When Back to the Future Part II was released in 1989, there was a lot whining about all the products that were prominently featured, although I always thought it was completely appropriate to see future versions of companies like Pepsi, Pizza Hut and Texaco on screen. I’m still waiting, though, to be able to make a pizza by just saying, “hydrate level four, please.” Having one’s products featured in such a blockbuster was a coveted thing, but it’s not every day when you run across a film that begins with a lengthy statement advising the audience that a certain product does not endorse its appearance in the film you are about to watch. Such was the case with the 1985 Australian import, The Coca-Cola Kid.

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The titular “kid” is a hotshot Coca-Cola marketing wiz named Becker (Eric Roberts), send from Atlanta to spice things up for Coke in Australia. In the course of doing his research, he finds a region of the Land Down Under, known as Anderson Valley, where Coke products are nonexistent. That’s because the folks in that region are hooked on the drinks of local eccentric T. George McDowell (Bill Kerr). It also doesn’t hurt that whenever the big soft drink reps show up in town, he scares them off with his shotgun.

Becker is determined to get Coke into this remote corner of Australia, even if that means striking a deal with the odd McDowell, who sees a future that involves Coke marketing his drinks across the globe. Becker also has to deal with a unique relationship with his Aussie secretary, Terri (Greta Scacchi), who has ties to Anderson Valley, as well as a variety of other quirky characters.

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The Coca-Cola Kid is a film that has several interesting pieces which don’t exactly fit together perfectly but do manage to create a pretty enjoyable film. If I’m going to be completely honest, I’d say that Eric Roberts is somewhat miscast in this part. After his creepy turn as Paul Snider in Star 80, it’s hard to imagine him playing any character that would be described as “kid.” Plus, despite having spent some of his youth in Atlanta, his attempt at a southern-fried accent is as labored as you would expect it to be. Yet, there is something very charming about Roberts’ performance. You totally buy that he sees Coke as the great hope for the world and that in his world making sure that the citizens of Anderson Valley can have a Coke and a Smile is his purpose in life. Likewise, Greta Scacchi’s performance is lovably quirky. Tonally, she seems to be in a different hemisphere than Roberts, and yet when everything finally clicks between their two characters, we totally buy it.

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Though the two leads are appealing in their own ways, the standout performance for me was Bill Kerr as McDowell, king of the Anderson Valley soft drink market. He’s a shrewd, gun-toting backwoods businessman who’s both an oddball and the smartest character in the film. His business methods are a bit off-kilter, but they’ve worked for him…that’s all that matters. We do get some brief glimpses of some of the other unique citizens of Anderson Valley, but the film does fall a bit short in the world-building department. I needed more moments where this slick young marketing guy from Atlanta deals with the culture shock of going to this remote Australian town.

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The film also misses the mark with a few strange subplots that are more distracting than entertaining. A few sequences involve Becker trying to find the “Australian sound” for a Coke commercial. He even hires a didgeridoo player he meets on the street to contribute. The song the come up with is catchy but doesn’t do anything to move the story forward. There’s also a really cringe-worthy sequence in which Terri and some cohorts attempt to cause trouble for Becker by having some homosexual men hit on him so they can snap incriminating photos. It’s a sequence that almost completely flushes the likability of Scacchi’s character down the toilet. It speaks well of her ability as an actress that she brings the audience back into her camp by the time we reach the film’s climax.

I remember when I was a kid there was a Coke commercial that used a song that said, “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.” I can’t say that The Coca-Cola Kid has anything close to harmony going on. It has several parts that work well on their own, even if they don’t quite come together perfectly. This is a film that has a lot going for it, but it does end up going flat a few times.

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