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Grange Hill

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Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest running programmes on British television. It was created by Phil Redmond who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down the years have included producer Colin Cant and script editor Anthony Minghella. The most important person on the team was producer and director Richard Callanan. He was chief director/producer for the whole 30 years.

On 6 February 2008, it was announced that Grange Hill would be cancelled after 30 years and the last episode was shown on 15 September 2008.

The drama was centred on the fictional comprehensive school of Grange Hill in the (equally fictitious) borough of North London called “Northam” (although when filming moved to Liverpool in 2003, it ceased to have any specific location), and follows the lives of the students as they progress through school. The series was to have originally been called “Grange Park”, which would go on to be used as the name of the school in another Redmond creation, the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside (1982 – 2003).

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 129: The Hireling

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Sometimes, even films that receive big awards can enter the realm of Forgotten Films. On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by Amanda Kirkham from Hollywood Consumer to talk about just such a film. It’s one of the winners of the Grand Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival…The Hireling.

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Movies Discussed:
The Hireling
Jesus Christ Superstar
Hope and Glory

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Teddy Ruxpin

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teddygrubbycombo1Teddy Ruxpin was an animatronic teddy bear that would come to life and read you stories. Don’t get me wrong, he was no Chucky from Childs Play, no no no, he was a cute bear whose calming voice was incredibly entertaining and in no way disturbing.

You inserted specific Teddy Ruxpin story cassettes into the inbuilt cassette player in his back, pressed Play, and watched and listened in awe as he regaled you with tales of his travels. Whenever the recording on the cassettes used Teddys voice, Teddys actual mouth would move in time to it! Kids in the 80s were absolutely amazed! And to be honest, I still am nowadays!

There were quite a few storybooks and cassettes available throughout the 80s, so kids who were lucky enough to own a Teddy Ruxpin didn’t have to listen to the same one over and over. Having him read the story to youngsters was a great way of getting them to recognise words.

Teddy also had a companion, called Grubby the Caterpillar. Grubby was an addon toy to Teddy Ruxpin – you needed to own Teddy in order for Grubby to work. I don’t know if you had to connect him somehow, or whether you just had to position him close to Teddy, but knowing the 80s there was probably a chunky lead that connected the two friends.

Imagine the heartbreak on Christmas Morning when children unwrapped Grubby but no Teddy, because Teddy had sold out from all the toy shops. Parents, thinking they were doing the best for their children, but inevitably letting them down by getting them a useless add-on.

“But Mummy, where is Teddy Ruxpin?”

“I’m sorry little Timmy, but Father Christmas couldn’t find a Teddy Ruxpin, so he got you Grubby instead.”

“But Grubby is useless without Teddy, Mum… He just sits there… like a fat useless caterpillar.”

“Oh well, maybe Father Christmas will bring a Teddy Ruxpin next year!”

“Next YEAR?!? I WANT HIM NOWWWW!!!” *cue the tantrum*

“You ungrateful little *****, you’re having extra sprouts on your plate, young man!”

(I imagine that is how most Christmas mornings went, anyway. I never had a Grubby OR a Teddy. My life was awesome enough with my ZX Spectrum.)

Rumour has it that when it was late at night Teddy could start speaking even though you had taken out his batteries, and quite often start saying disturbing things that were not on any of the cassettes. He would often pace around your room in the dark, muttering things about “revenge”. (Or I could be making this up.)

You can find original Teddy Ruxpins on Ebay, but it may be safer on this occasion to leave the past in the past…

All together now:
Come dream with me tonight.
Let’s go to far-off places and search for treasures bright.
Come dream with me tonight.
Let’s build a giant airship and sail into the sky!

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Sorority Boys

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When Disney purchased 20th Century Fox a few months back, all sorts of different reactions hit the internet. Many were thrilled about the possibility of seeing X-Men and The Fantastic Four join the MCU. There were others, though, who started talking about how this would be the end of R-rated content coming from Fox. This despite the fact that Disney has been releasing R-rated films since 1986 through various subsidiaries they have owned like Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Dimension Films and Miramax. The mouse is no stranger to material that is less than family-friendly. Case in point, this 2002 cross-dressing college comedy, Sorority Boys.

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The film follows three members of the Kappa Omicron Kappa fraternity (aka KOK), Dave (Barry Watson), Adam (Micahel Rosenbaum) and Doofer (Harland Williams). These guys are in charge of the social committee for the frat, which means they are the keepers of a large sum of money set aside for a big party on a yacht. However, they get ejected from the house when the money goes missing. The boys are sure the dough was swiped by their rival, Spence (Brady Beyer), but how do they prove it? Well, it turns out the safe the money was kept in was right next to Adam’s bed…and he happens to have a hidden video system set up for, well you know, special occasions. So, to get the tape of the robbery, the boys dress up as girls and try to sneak in to KOK’s next party.

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The plan goes awry, though, when the girls are kicked out of the party for being too ugly. This lands them on the steps of the sorority across the street, Delta Omicron Gamma (or DOG), which is the place where all the outcast girls pledge. Our heroes are taken in with Dave becoming Daisy, Adam now Adina, and Doofer as Roberta. Kind of like in the old Tom Hanks sitcom Bosom Buddies, the guys spend their days as men, attending their classes, but their nights as ladies living in the sorority house. All the while they are plotting how to get the evidence they need to clear their names. Of course, at the same time, Dave starts to fall for the leader of the DOG sorority, Leah (Melissa Sagemiller).

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2002 feels really late in the game for a comedy like this to have been released. I could see this film coming out sometime around 1983, in the aftermath of both Porky’s (81) and Tootsie (82) being hits. Ultimately, the film is really about three dudes that are kind of sucky as men, but turn into much better human beings after living as women for a while. Still, there’s a lot of gross out humor along the way and a lot of things that don’t play well in the #metoo era. From roofies to secret video cameras aimed at beds to dildos being launched through the sorority house windows…it’s all here. Most of it is not terribly funny and just makes the viewer feel uncomfortable. A shower sequence in which a piece of the male anatomy is only slightly concealed by soap suds comes in as the worst offender. While the attempts at crude humor come across as quite labored, there were a fair share of moments that earned some legitimate laughter, though. Like many films before it, Sorority Boys tries too hard to create moments of gross-out humor while not even realizing that its tamer moments are actually succeeding and being somewhat funny.

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However, there is still a degree of heart to this film that makes it not a complete loss. Barry Watson is slightly charming as both Dave and Daisy, and the chemistry he has with Melissa Sagemiller is legit. Michael Rosenbaum is also solid in the jerk-best-friend roll, and I’ve always found Harland Williams’ awkward comedic approach to be quite funny. The three leads also play very well off of the various girls who make up the sorority, which include Heather Matarazzo (of The Princess Diaries and Welcome to the Dollhouse fame).  The girls of DOG are definitely a sort of female riff on the Lambda Lambda Lambda’s of Revenge of the Nerds.  I wish more of the film had centered on them than our three frat boys.

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This is the only film to date directed by Wally Wolodarsky, who’s biggest claim to fame is probably as a writer on a number of well-regarded early episodes of The Simpsons. He’s clearly going for an Animal House type of vibe. Heck, he even cast several vets from the John Landis classic in small parts here. Keep your eyes open for James Daughton, John Vernon, Steven Furst, and Mark Metcalf. Very few of the films inspired by Animal House have managed to tap into what made that film work, and Sorority Boys is no exception. While much of its attempts at humor fizzle, at least it has an appealing cast that keeps it from being a complete drag.


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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 128: Trespass

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On the new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by David Brook from Blueprint Review to discuss a 1992 film from the director of The Warriors and the writers of Back to the Future. Bill Paxton, William Sadler, Ice T and Ice Cube star in Trespass.

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The Ear
I Wanna Hold Your Hand

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For The Love Of Horror 2019 – full line-up!

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For The Love Of Horror is a fantastic new concept brought to you Monopoly Events team which crosses a scare attraction with a fan convention. After a hugely successful launch event in 2018, we’ve come back bigger and better, as we represent some of the most iconic horror films and franchises of all times.

We are pleased to announce at our horror convention in October, we will be hosting a Lost Boys reunion on the 12th & 13th October at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1EH

A first in over 30 years coming to Manchester! Plus other horror guest for major horror movies from SAW, Friday the 13th, House of 1000 Corpses, IT, Ginger and more.

That’s right EIGHT of the original cast from the 1987 Lost Boys will be here in Manchester on 19th & 20th October 2019. We cant wait!

  1. Kiefer Sutherland – David (Sunday only)
  2. Alex Winter – Marko
  3. Billy Wirth – Dwayne
  4. Jason Patric – Michael
  5. Tim Cappello – as Saxophone Player
  6. G Tom Mac – best known for ‘Cry Little Sister’ will be performing LIVE at our event
  7. Jamison Newlander – Alan
  8. Chance Michael Corbitt – Laddie

Lost Boys info –  is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Corey Haim, Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes.

Due to his performing commitments with his band, Kiefer can only do Sunday for 3 hours. This means that photo and autographs are limited and will sell out so we advise anybody who wants them to buy them immediately.

Kiefer will take part in the following on Sunday timings TBC.

  • Autograph £80
  • Photo shoot £80
  • Double photo shoot with Jason Patric £120
  • Lost Boys Special photo shoot (Kiefer, Jason, Tim, Jamison, Billy) £180

These are on sale now here:-

All photo shoots will take place in a Lost Boys set build from the movie!

Anyone who has purchased a Saturday ticket can switch to full weekend by calling 0344 8000 410.

Along with bringing a Lost Boys reunion, we also have the pleasure in announcing more guests too:

9. Tobin Bell – Saw –  best known for his award winning portrayal of the twisted killer John Kramer / Jigsaw in the eight films of the Saw franchise as well as the Saw video games.

10. Shawnee Smith – Saw – best known for her portrayal of Amanda Young, the young apprentice of Jigsaw in the Saw franchise as well as Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Linda in Anger Management.

11. Costas Mandylor – Saw –  best known for his role as Kenny in Picket Fences and for portraying Detective Mark Hoffman in the Saw films.

12. Kane Hodder – Friday the 13th –  best known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees in four of the Friday the 13th films and the video game.

13. Sid Haig – House of 1000 Corpses / Devil’s Rejects – known for his role as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s horror films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.

14. Bill Moseley – House of 1000 Corpses / Devil’s Rejects – who has starred in a number of cult horror films, including House of 1000 Corpses, Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Rejects.

15. Fred Dekker – Night of the Creeps / The Monster Squad – is an American screenwriter and film director best known for his cult classic horror comedy films Night of the Creeps and The Monster Squad.

16. Chris Lyons – Fangs FX, The Wolfman, Game of Thrones – English SFX designer who fronts prosthetic teeth company Fangs FX, Chris has made teeth for The Wolfman, Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful and many more.

17. Emily Perkins – IT – She is an actress, known for Ginger Snaps (2000), Juno (2007) and Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004).

18. Ben Heller – IT – His experience as a background actor led to his first audition, the role of Stanley Uris in IT. Ben also appears in Georgie, a 2019 fan film exploring what would have happened if Georgie had survived!

19. Brandon Crane – IT – While appearing on classic 80’s TV show “The Wonder Years” Brandon Crane landed the role of Ben Hanscom in the mini series adaptation of IT and became in icon in the world of horror!

20. Marlon Taylor – IT – He played young Mike Hanlon in the 1990 IT mini-series, kick-starting his acting career. Roles followed in classic 90’s series Sister, Sister as well as returning to horror with a part in Z-Nation.

21. Adam Faraizl – IT – wheezed his way into the hearts of fans playing Eddie in the 1990 mini series of IT. A firm fan favourite, his iconic scene with Pennywise appearing through the plughole remains etched into our minds to this day! In 1990, Adam appeared in another classic, Robocop 2.

22. Jarred Blancard – IT – The tormentor of the Loser’s Club, Henry Bowers is a terrifying, intense character, brought to life superbly by our newest guest Jarred Blancard Born in Canada, Jarred now resides in the UK and is known for his roles in The Boys Club, Disturbing Behaviour and of course, 1990’s seminal Stephen King adaptation, IT.

** Special Photo Opportunities with the cast and on the set** 

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  • The Lost Boys – Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric
  • The Lost Boys – Billy Wirth, Alex Winter, Jason Patric, Tim Cappello, Jamison Newlander, Chance Michael Corbitt
  • The Lost Boys – Kiefer Sutherland,  Billy Wirth, Jason Patric, Tim Cappello, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, Chance Michael Corbitt
  • Loser Club Special – Emily Perkins, Ben Heller, Brandon Crane, Marlon Taylor, Adam Faraizl and Jarred Blancard.
  • SAW Special – Tobin Bell and Shawnee Smith
  • SAW Special – Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Costas Mandylor
  • House of 1000 Corpses / The Devils Rejects – Sid Haig and Bill Moseley


    • Live Q&As
    • Full-scale movie prop and set recreations – T-70 X-Wing – Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper – Tie Fighter – Batwing – Tardis – Power Loader – A-Team Van – KITT & FLAG mobile unit – Vigo & Slimer – Stranger Things Alphabet Wall & Couch – Simpsons Lounge – Gremlins Kitchen Set with Gremlins – E.T Forest Set with E.T – Animatronic Dobby
    • Attractions (FREE PHOTO OPS) The Lost Boys fairground, The Lost Boys Santa Carla Sign, House of 1000 Corpses Museum of M&M, Childs Play set Build with Chucky, SAW Bathroom, SAW Its a Trap (water cube trap) SAW Billy the Puppet, The Possessed Posse photo op, Halloween Oct 31st set photo op, Twiight Ghost hunt workshops, Scream Seekers Scare Shack, For the love of Horror Live, Phantom Chase Ghost Train
    • Friday night ghost hunt – HERE
    • Scare Maze – HERE
    • Film set builds (FREE PHOTO OPS) – The Lost Boys – Cave set build, House of 1000 Corpes – Museum of Monsters & Madman set build, SAW bathroom, Billy the puppet – HERE
    • Pro Cosplay horror Guests – HERE
    • Cosplay competitions – HERE – 1st Place is £250!
    • Trading village
    • Live art
    • Mad Monster After party in the Starwars Cantina – HERE

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