Witch Hunt (1994 film)
Witch Hunt is an HBO horror detective film starring Dennis Hopper and Eric Bogosian, directed by Paul Schrader and written by Joseph Dougherty. The original music score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti. Hopper stars as 1950s hardboiled private detective H. Phillip Lovecraft, in a fictional universe where magic is real and mythical beasts stalk the back alleys, zombies are used as cheap labor, everyone—except Lovecraft—uses magic every day. Yet, cars and other modern technology exist in this world. Witch Hunt takes place in the 1950s during the red scare, in which magic is substituted for communism, it is a sequel to the HBO-produced film Cast a Deadly Spell. Hopper plays Lovecraft in place of Fred Ward. Additionally, many characters have different back-stories than in Cast a Deadly Spell. For example, Lovecraft refuses to use magic in Cast a Deadly Spell on principle, but in Witch Hunt he refuses because of a bad experience he has had. Dennis Hopper - Harry Phillip Lovecraft Penelope Ann Miller - Kim Hudson Eric Bogosian - Senator Larson Crockett Sheryl Lee Ralph - Hypolita Laveau Kropotkin Julian Sands - Finn Macha Valerie Mahaffey - Trudy John Epperson - Vivian Dart Debi Mazar - The Manicurist Alan Rosenberg - N.
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Casino Royale (2006 film)
Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film, the twenty-first in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, it is the first film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, was produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, making it the first Eon-produced Bond film to be co-produced by the latter studio. Following Die Another Day, Eon Productions decided to reboot the series, allowing them to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond. Casino Royale takes place at the beginning of Bond's career as Agent 007, as he is earning his licence to kill; the plot sees Bond on an assignment to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game. The film begins a story arc that continues in Quantum of Solace. Casting involved a widespread search for a new actor to succeed Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.
Location filming took place in the Czech Republic, The Bahamas and the United Kingdom with interior sets built at Barrandov Studios and Pinewood Studios. Casino Royale premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square on 14 November 2006, it received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, with reviewers highlighting Craig's reinvention of the character and the film's departure from the tropes of previous Bond films. It earned $600 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film until the release of Skyfall in 2012. MI6 agent James Bond gains his licence to kill and status as a 00 agent by assassinating the traitorous MI6 section chief Dryden and his contact. In Uganda, the mysterious Mr. White introduces Steven Obanno, high-ranking member of the Lord's Resistance Army, to Le Chiffre, a private banker to terrorist groups around the globe. Obanno entrusts Le Chiffre with a large sum of money to invest safely for him. In Madagascar, Bond pursues bomb maker Mollaka to an African embassy, shooting him dead and blowing up the building.
In London, MI6 chief M admonishes Bond for both violating international law, ignoring her orders to capture Mollaka alive for questioning. She sternly advises him to be dispassionate in his new role, to keep his ego in check. Clues from Mollaka point to corrupt Greek official Alex Dimitrios. Bond finds Dimitrios in the Bahamas and, after seducing his wife Solange, pursues him to Miami. Bond follows his henchman to the airport, he thwarts the destruction of Skyfleet's airliner, costing Le Chiffre his entire investment, totaling $101,206,000. To recoup the money, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes Texas hold'em tournament at the Casino Royale in Montenegro. MI6 enters Bond in the tournament, believing a defeat will force Le Chiffre to seek asylum with the British government, which they will grant in exchange for information on his clients. On the train to Montenegro, Bond meets Vesper Lynd, a British Treasury agent there to protect the government's $10 million buy-in. In Montenegro, they meet René Mathis.
At the start of the game, Bond gains the upper hand by deducing Le Chiffre's tell. During a break, enraged by the loss of his funds, ambushes Le Chiffre in his suite. Strangling the banker with a cord and threatening to amputate his girlfriend Valenka's arm with a machete, the warlord allows Le Chiffre to continue with his plan win back the money; as Obanno leaves, his bodyguard spots Bond and shoots at him. Bond throws the minion over a stair railing. Vesper is traumatised by the encounter; when the tournament resumes, Bond loses his initial stake due to Le Chiffre being tipped off to the tell, Vesper refuses to fund further playing. Frustrated, Bond is about to kill Le Chiffre when he meets Felix Leiter, a fellow player and CIA agent who agrees to stake Bond to continue playing in exchange for allowing Le Chiffre to be taken into American custody. Bond rebuilds his position until Valenka poisons Bond's martini with digitalis. Bond escapes to his Aston Martin DBS V12 to save himself with an antidote and a defibrillator, but passes out until Vesper arrives to rescue him.
Bond returns to the game as Leiter is eliminated, continuing the tournament until it culminates in a $115 million hand in which the remaining players, including Bond and Le Chiffre, go all in. Le Chiffre trumps the other players. Bond and Vesper share a celebratory dinner. Bond pursues them in his Aston Martin but sees Vesper tied up and lying in the middle of the road, swerves violently to avoid her, is taken captive. Le Chiffre brings Bond and Vesper to an abandoned ship, separates them, tortures Bond by whipping his genitals with a knotted rope, demanding the password to the account containing the winnings. Bond refuses to give in; as Le Chiffre prepares to castrate Bond, Mr. White enters and shoots Le Chiffre in the head, killing him. Bond awakens in an MI6 hospital. Bond decides to resign from MI6, he and Vesper run away together to Venice, engaging in a passionate love affair; when M calls Bond to tell him the money was never deposited, Bond realizes it was Vesper who betrayed him. He follows her to a handoff of the money, where a fir
Eskimo Nell (film)
Eskimo Nell known as The Ballad of Eskimo Nell and as The Sexy Saga of Naughty Nell and Big Dick, is a 1975 British film directed by Martin Campbell and produced by Stanley Long. Though inspired by "The Ballad of Eskimo Nell", the movie owes little to the original bawdy song. Budding film director Dennis Morrison, producer Clive Potter, screenwriter Harris Tweedle are hired by seedy erotic film producer Benny U. Murdoch to make a dirty movie based on the poem The Ballad of Eskimo Nell; however they run into difficulty when each of the production's backers want a different style of film made. Murdoch makes off with the money and the three have to produce four different versions of the movie to keep everybody happy - a gay Western, a hardcore porno, a Kung Fu-style musical, a wholesome family production. Many of the film's characters are based on real personalities of the time. Lady Longhorn and Lord Coltwind — the backers of the wholesome family version — are thinly veiled caricatures of Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford.
Benny U. Murdoch is loosely based on head of Tigon films. A more obscure figure the film ridicules is Louis "Deke" M. Heyward, the London representative of AIP, who had clashed with the film's writer Michael Armstrong in 1969 during the making of Armstrong’s directing debut, The Haunted House of Horror. In Eskimo Nell Heyward is parodied as "Big Dick", a crass, foul-mouthed American producer from "A. W. P Films", the backer of the hardcore porno version. A similar character had appeared in Armstrong’s script for The Sex Thief in 1973. A pre-fame Mary Millington just a jobbing actress and model using her married name Mary Maxted, has a small role in the film as a stripping traffic warden who auditions for a part in the film within a film. Although Millington appears only fleetingly, stills from her scene were used to publicize the film in magazines including Titbits and Cinema X; the film is not to be confused with Richard Franklin’s 1975 film The True Story of Eskimo Nell, released in the UK as Dick Down Under.
Campbell's film was re-titled The Sexy Saga of Big Dick in Australia. Eskimo Nell was released in a'special edition' DVD and Blu-ray on 16 February 2015, to celebrate its 40th anniversary; the new edition has been digitally re-mastered at Pinewood Studios and comes with several extra features including the original theatrical trailer, an audio commentary by the film's actor-writer Michael Armstrong and film historian Simon Sheridan, an 8-page booklet, plus an extensive stills gallery and a newly re-mastered version of Mary Millington's short 1974 film Wild Lovers. X-Rated - Adventures of an Exploitation Filmmaker by Simon Sheridan 2008 Keeping the British End Up: Four Decades of Saucy Cinema by Simon Sheridan 2011 Eskimo Nell on IMDb
Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, writer, film editor and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Giant. In the next ten years he made a name in television, by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s. Hopper made his directorial film debut with Easy Rider, which he and co-star Peter Fonda wrote with Terry Southern; the film earned Hopper a Cannes Film Festival Award for "Best First Work" and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Journalist Ann Hornaday wrote: "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight middle-class hypocrisies, Easy Rider became the cinematic symbol of the 1960s, a celluloid anthem to freedom, macho bravado and anti-establishment rebellion". Film critic Matthew Hays wrote "no other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper".
He worked on various small projects until he found new fame for his role as the American photojournalist in Apocalypse Now. He went on to helm his third directorial work Out of the Blue, for which he was again honored at Cannes, appeared in Rumble Fish and The Osterman Weekend, he saw a career resurgence in 1986 when he was acclaimed for his performances in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, the latter of which saw him nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His fourth directorial outing came about through Colors, followed by an Emmy-nominated lead performance in Paris Trout. Hopper found greater fame for portraying the villains of the films Super Mario Bros. Speed and Waterworld. Hopper's work included a leading role in the short-lived television series Crash, inspired by the film of the same name, he appeared in three films released posthumously: Alpha and Omega, The Last Film Festival and the long-delayed The Other Side of the Wind, filmed in the early 1970s. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, the son of Marjorie Mae and James Millard Hopper.
He had Scottish ancestors. Hopper had two brothers and David. After World War II, the family moved to Kansas City, where the young Hopper attended Saturday art classes at the Kansas City Art Institute. At the age of 13, Hopper and his family moved to San Diego, where his mother worked as a lifeguard instructor and his father was a post office manager. Hopper was voted most to succeed at Helix High School, where he was active in the drama club and choir, it was there that he developed an interest in acting, studying at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Actors Studio in New York City. Hopper struck up a friendship with actor Vincent Price, whose passion for art influenced Hopper's interest in art, he was fond of the plays of William Shakespeare. Hopper was reported to have an uncredited role in Johnny Guitar in 1954 but he has stated that he was not in Hollywood when this film was made. Hopper made his debut on film in two roles with James Dean in Rebel Without a Giant. Dean's death in a 1955 car accident affected the young Hopper and it was shortly afterwards that he got into a confrontation with veteran director Henry Hathaway on the film From Hell to Texas.
Hopper forced Hathaway to shoot more than 80 takes of a scene over several days before he acquiesced to Hathaway's direction. After filming was completed, Hathaway told Hopper that his career in Hollywood was finished. In his book Last Train to Memphis, American popular music historian Peter Guralnick says that in 1956, when Elvis Presley was making his first film in Hollywood, Hopper was roommates with fellow actor Nick Adams and the three became friends and socialized together. In 1959 Hopper moved to New York to study Method acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. In 1961, Hopper played his first lead role in Night Tide, an atmospheric supernatural thriller involving a mermaid in an amusement park. In a December 1994 interview on the Charlie Rose Show, Hopper credited John Wayne with saving his career, as Hopper acknowledged that because of his insolent behavior, he could not find work in Hollywood for seven years. Hopper stated that because he was the son-in-law of actress Margaret Sullavan, a friend of John Wayne, Wayne hired Hopper for a role in The Sons of Katie Elder directed by Hathaway, which enabled Hopper to restart his film career.
Hopper acted in another John Wayne film, True Grit, during its production he became well acquainted with Wayne. In both of the films with Wayne, Hopper's character is killed in the presence of Wayne's character, to whom he utters his dying words. Hopper had a supporting role as the bet-taker, "Babalugats", in Cool Hand Luke. In 1968, Hopper teamed with Peter Fonda, Terry Southern and Jack Nicholson to make Easy Rider, which premiered in July 1969. With the release of True Grit a month earlier, Hopper had starring roles in two major box office films that summer. Hopper won wide acclaim as the director for his improvisational methods and innovative editing for Easy Rider; the production was plagued by creative differences and personal acrimony between Fonda and Hopper, the
GoldenEye is a 1995 spy film. It is the seventeenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, the first to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 officer James Bond, it was directed by Martin Campbell and is the first in the series not to utilise any story elements from the works of novelist Ian Fleming. The story was conceived and written by Michael France, with collaboration by other writers. In the film, Bond fights to prevent an ex-MI6 agent, gone rogue, from using a satellite against London to cause a global financial meltdown; the film was released after a six-year hiatus in the series caused by legal disputes, during which Timothy Dalton resigned from the role of James Bond and was replaced by Pierce Brosnan. M was recast, with actress Judi Dench becoming the first woman to portray the character, replacing Robert Brown; the role of Miss Moneypenny was recast, with Caroline Bliss being replaced by Samantha Bond. It was the first Bond film made after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, which provided a background for the plot.
Principal photography for GoldenEye took place in the UK, Monte Carlo and Puerto Rico. The first Bond film to utilise computer generated imagery, GoldenEye was the final film of special effects supervisor Derek Meddings, was dedicated to his memory; the film accumulated a worldwide gross of US$350.7 million better than Dalton's films, without taking inflation into account. It received positive reviews, with critics viewing Brosnan as a definite improvement over his predecessor, it received award nominations for "Best Achievement in Special Effects" and "Best Sound" from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The name "GoldenEye" pays homage to Ian Fleming. While working for British Naval Intelligence as a lieutenant commander, Fleming liaised with the Naval Intelligence Division to monitor developments in Spain after the Spanish Civil War in an operation codenamed Operation Goldeneye. Fleming used the name of this operation for his estate in Jamaica. In 1986 in Arkhangelsk, USSR, MI6 agents James Bond and Alec Trevelyan infiltrate a chemical weapons facility and plant explosives.
Trevelyan is captured and executed by Colonel Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov, but Bond flees as the facility explodes. Nine years in 1995, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Bond arrives in Monte Carlo, he is following Xenia Onatopp, a member of the Janus crime syndicate, who has formed a suspicious relationship with Charles Farrel, a Canadian Navy admiral. Onatopp crushes Admiral Farrel to death with her thighs during sex. Ourumov, working with Janus, steals Admiral Farrel's credentials and uses them to board a French Navy destroyer with Onatopp where they steal a Eurocopter Tiger helicopter. Ourumov and Onatopp fly the helicopter to a bunker in Severnaya, where they massacre the staff and steal the control disk for the GoldenEye satellites, two Soviet electromagnetic pulse weapons from the Cold War, they program the first GoldenEye to destroy the complex and disable incoming Russian Air Force fighters, escape with kidnapped computer programmer Boris Grishenko. Natalya Simonova, the lone survivor, contacts Grishenko and arranges to meet him in St. Petersburg, where he betrays her to Janus.
In London, M assigns Bond to investigate the attack. He flies to St. Petersburg to meet CIA operative Jack Wade, who suggests that Bond meet with Valentin Zukovsky, a former KGB agent-turned-gangster and business rival of Janus. Zukovsky arranges a meeting between Janus. Onatopp surprises Bond at the Grand Hotel Europe and attempts to seduce and kill him, but he overpowers her, she takes him to Janus. A descendant of the Cossack clans who collaborated with the Axis Powers, Trevelyan had vowed revenge after the British betrayed his people, which led to his parents' suicide. Just as Bond is about to shoot Trevelyan, Bond is shot with a tranquilizer dart. Bond awakens, tied up with Natalya in the helicopter, programmed to self-destruct, they escape but are captured and transported to the Russian military archives, where Minister of Defence Dimitri Mishkin interrogates them. Just as Natalya reveals the existence of a second satellite and Ourumov's involvement in the Siberian massacre, Ourumov arrives and kills Mishkin.
Intending to frame Bond for the murder, he calls the guards. In the ensuing firefight, Natalya is captured. Bond steals a tank and pursues Ourumov through the streets of St. Petersburg to Trevelyan's missile train, where he kills Ourumov. Trevelyan locks Bond in the train with Natalya, setting it to self-destruct; as Bond cuts through the floor with his laser watch, Natalya triangulates Grishenko's satellite dish to Cuba. They escape. Bond and Natalya meet Wade in the Florida Keys and borrow his plane for the trip to Cuba, where they make love, they search for GoldenEye's satellite dish the next day, are shot down in the jungle. Onatopp rappels from a helicopter and attacks Bond. After a fight ensues, he shoots the helicopter pilot, sending the vehicle into a spin which snares Onatopp between tree trunks and crushes her to death. Bond and Natalya watch water draining out of a lake, they infiltrate the control station, Bond is captured. Trevelyan reveals his plan to rob the Bank of England before erasing all of its financial records with the second GoldenEye, concealing the theft and destroying Britain's eco
Clarence John Brown III is an American actor and voice actor known for his roles as the Kurgan in the fantasy film Highlander, Byron Hadley in the prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, Charles Zim in the sci-fi film Starship Troopers and Brother Justin Crowe in the television series Carnivàle. He has provided his voice to films, television series and video games, including Mr. Krabs in SpongeBob SquarePants, Lex Luthor in various media, Doctor Neo Cortex in the Crash Bandicoot video games, Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok and Lt. Hank Anderson in Detroit: Become Human. Brown was born on January 5, 1959 in Urbana and had an older sister, Beth, he has two younger siblings -- Roy. Their mother, Joyce Helen, was a conductor and concert pianist, their father, Clarence J. "Bud" Brown, Jr. was a newspaper publisher who helped manage the Brown Publishing Company, the family-owned newspaper business started by Clancy's grandfather, Congressman Clarence J. Brown. From 1965 to 1983, Bud Brown served as a congressman, as Chairman of the Board of Brown Publishing.
The family operated the business until 2010. Due to his height, deep voice and large frame, Brown is cast in the roles of villains or authority figures, his career tends to alternate among mainstream cable. Brown is known for his role as the Kurgan in the 1986 film Highlander, his role as Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, Viking Lofgren in the drama Bad Boys, Rawhide in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension, Frankenstein's monster in The Bride, Army mercenary Larry McRose in Extreme Prejudice, played a role of a band manager in Thunder Alley, vicious killer Steve in Shoot to Kill, the police officer in Michael Jackson's short movie Speed Demon, Dead Man Walking, Sheriff Gus Gilbert in Pet Sematary Two, Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopers, Captain William Hadley in The Guardian, he played a role in Flubber as one of the evil henchmen that get harmed by uncontrollably bouncing sports equipment. In 1989, he appeared in the action thriller Blue Steel. Brown has played prison officers in three films dealing with miscarriages of justice: the tyrannical Captain Byron Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption, the sympathetic Lt. Williams in The Hurricane, Lt. McMannis in Last Light.
In 2001, he played a magical character credited as'The granter of wishes' in the Hallmark version of Snow White. In 2007, he played the Viking leader opposite Karl Urban in Pathfinder, he starred in several independent films in 2008: The Burrowers, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, released in the United States on DVD in April 2009, The Twenty. He appeared in Steven Soderbergh's 2009 film The Informant! Opposite Matt Damon in which he played an attorney, he portrayed Alan Smith in Samuel Bayer's 2010 remake of the horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street. In 2011, he starred in Aliens alongside Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde, he is cast as the voice of The Goon in the upcoming animated feature film. He stars as Albert Marconi in the film adaptation of the David Wong novel, John Dies at the End, directed by Don Coscarelli. Brown was a series regular on the science fiction series Earth 2 from 1994 to 1995, playing the role of John Danziger. Brown was notable as the sinister preacher Brother Justin Crowe in the HBO series Carnivàle.
Though the series only ran for two seasons, Carnivàle has attained a cult popularity and his performance was applauded by critics for showcasing a new side to his acting talents. He starred in the Showtime production In the Company of Spies and the HBO film Cast a Deadly Spell, he has made many guest appearances on various television series including ER, the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Desert Crossing" as Zobral, Lost as Kelvin Joe Inman, former baseball player Rudy Blue on The Riches. Brown appeared as the frontiersman Simon Kenton, the key to America's westward expansion, in the 2000 Kentucky Educational Television production "A Walk with Simon Kenton". Kenton is buried in Brown's hometown. Brown most appeared as Hart Sterling, founding partner of fictional law firm Sterling, Oppenheim & Craft in ABC's The Deep End, he guest starred on the Leverage series episode "The Gone Fishin Job" and on The Dukes of Hazzard sixth-season episode "Too Many Roscos". He appears on The CW's TV production of The Flash in the recurring guest-star role of General Wade Eiling.
He has portrayed Ray Schoonover in the Daredevil episodes "Guilty as Sin" and "The Dark at the End of the Tunnel". As a voice-over actor, Brown has appeared in several video games playing an antagonistic character, he voiced the corrupt Baron Praxis in the PlayStation 2 video game Jak II. Dag’Rek (Vo
Comedy horror is a literary and film genre that combines elements of comedy and horror fiction. Comedy horror has been described as able to be categorized under three types: "black comedy and spoof." It crosses over with the black comedy genre. Comedy horror can parody or subtly spoof horror clichés as its main source of humour or use those elements to take a story in a different direction, for example in The Cabin in the Woods or Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. Author Bruce G. Hallenbeck cites the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving as "the first great comedy horror story"; the story made readers "laugh one moment and scream the next", its premise was based on mischief found during the holiday Halloween. Horror and comedy have been associated with each other since the early days of horror novels. Shortly after the publication of Frankenstein, comedic parodies appeared. Edgar Allan Poe put humor and horror on the same continuum, many nineteenth century authors used black humor in their horror stories.
Author Robert Bloch called them "opposite sides of the same coin". In comedy horror film, gallows humor is a common element. While comedy horror films provide scares for audiences, they provide something that dramatic horror films do not: "the permission to laugh at your fears, to whistle past the cinematic graveyard and feel secure in the knowledge that the monsters can't get you". In the era of silent film, the source material for early comedy horror films came from stage performances instead of literature. One example, The Ghost Breaker, was based on a 1909 play, though the film's horror elements were more interesting to the audience than the comedy elements. In the United States following the trauma of World War I, film audiences sought to see horror on screen but tempered with humor; the "pioneering" comedy horror film was One Exciting Night, written and produced by D. W. Griffith, who noticed the stage success of the genre and foresaw a cinematic translation. While the film included blackface performances, Griffith included footage of a hurricane for a climactic storm.
As an early experiment, the various genres were not well-balanced with horror and comedy, films improved the balance and took more sophisticated approaches. Charles Bramesco of Vulture.com identifies Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein as the first commercially successful comedy horror film. Its success established it as commercially viable. List of comedy horror films List of genres Zombie comedy – a subgenre involving zombies Hallenbeck, Bruce G.. Comedy-Horror Films: A Chronological History, 1914–2008. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-3332-9. Och, Dana. Transnational Horror Across Visual Media: Fragmented Bodies. Routledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies. Taylor & Francis. Pp. 201–208. ISBN 978-1-136-74484-6. Carroll, Noël. "Horror and Humor". Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical Essays. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 235–253