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October 30, 2010 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After the international success of "Jaws" in 1975, executives at Japan's venerable but then-struggling Toho Studios approached Nobuhiko Obayashi, a leading director of commercials, and invited him to make the Japanese equivalent. The resulting film, 1977's "House," bears no discernible resemblance to "Jaws," though like the Steven Spielberg classic, it's surely some kind of benchmark for its genre ? if this freakish, garish spasm of surrealist-psychedelic horror-comedy can be said to belong to a genre at all. Brainstormed with his 11-year-old daughter, Chigumi (who gets story credit)
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November 29, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The Collection" is an effective if ultimately disappointing sequel to the 2009 grunge-horror flick "The Collector," both films directed by Marcus Dunstan and written by Dunstan and Patrick Melton. (The new film's poster brags that the duo wrote "Saw" sequels 4-to-7. Make of that what you will.) Here, a superhuman psychopath wreaks havoc on a city, spiriting away victims for crude experiments. When he abducts a rich man's daughter (Emma Fitzpatrick), a team of hired guns grab Arkin, the only guy who's ever escaped from the killer, to help rescue her. Josh Stewart reprises his role from the first film, but he's also familiar from a small, standout role as a henchman in "The Dark Knight Rises.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1989 | KEVIN O'LEARY, Times Staff Writer
An elusive vandal who slashes designer clothes at upscale stores is back at work with a vengeance, destroying six more suits over the Memorial Day weekend and bringing to $50,000 the total damage inflicted in the last six weeks alone. The heightened pace of the attacks, in which men's designer suits at mall stores are the primary targets, has frustrated police, worried merchants, and baffled psychiatrists, who suggest that the spree may represent anything from a prank to a protest against materialism.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2011
MOVIES What do you get when you cross punk rock, New Year's Eve and slasher movies? You get "New Year's Evil," the 1980 horror flick about a new-wave TV show host (Roz Kelly of "Happy Days" fame) stalked by a psycho killer during a live New Year's Eve broadcast. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. midnight Fri. $10. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2000
While my family and I were enjoying the Olympics last Sunday night, we were shocked and offended to view the tasteless Nike ad featuring a chain-saw-wielding killer ["NBC Pulls Nike 'Slasher' Commercial," Sept. 19]. My 5-year-old daughter was very upset by the ad, and she had difficulty sleeping that night. I thought the Olympics were among the few events that could still be considered safe family entertainment, free from the violence and trash that are so prevalent in the media.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hell-raising, beautiful college kids heading for the Appalachians — what could go wrong? How about a couple of bearded woodsmen dragging one of those weekenders, a blond beauty, back to their dilapidated cabin? "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" is a farce of misunderstanding first, body-count nightmare second and at nearly all times a refreshingly upending horror-comedy bromance. The titular hillbillies — shy, sweet Dale (Tyler Labine) and his best friend Tucker (Alan Tudyk) — are director/co-writer Eli Craig's genre-redemption project, peaceful rednecks hoping for some R&R who save a girl (Katrina Bowden)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After a year and a half absence, Vincent D'Onofrio, 51, returns to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as the brilliant but troubled detective Robert Goren for the show's 10th season, which debuts May 1 on the USA Network. I like your character, Det. Goren, but he seems to get a mixed reaction. I think some people don't get him. It's always been like that. I think that's OK. It's not for everybody, especially the way I play him is not to everybody's taste. People, I think, unless they allow themselves to take the leap of faith, they don't like the intelligence, the ridiculous amount of knowledge he has. It doesn't make it easy in a 40-minute show to solve a crime [persuasively]
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 1988
Operators of the Mann, UA, Edwards and other theater chains say they won't screen "The Last Temptation of Christ" because the film might be tasteless or offensive. Yet they'll rush to book slasher and other films which debase human life. ROBERT LERNER San Diego
NEWS
May 21, 1995
Re "Fright Night" (May 1): I am a 16-year-old and one of the very few students at my school who has never seen a "Halloween" or a "Jason" movie. Truthfully, I do not believe I am missing out. I saw one "Elm Street" movie and found it not only lacked a plausible plot and good directing, but that it was utterly boring. I take interest in scary movies such as "Jacob's Ladder," "Apocalypse Now" and "A Clockwork Orange." To me these are much more frightening than slasher movies due to the fact that they represent what could be and what has already been.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2011
MOVIES What do you get when you cross punk rock, New Year's Eve and slasher movies? You get "New Year's Evil," the 1980 horror flick about a new-wave TV show host (Roz Kelly of "Happy Days" fame) stalked by a psycho killer during a live New Year's Eve broadcast. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. midnight Fri. $10. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org.
OPINION
November 3, 2011
Perhaps the toughest job in Washington today is being a member of the congressional "super committee" trying to slash federal borrowing by at least $1.2 trillion over the coming decade. To hit that target, members will have to bridge a deep partisan divide over taxes, spending programs and the effect of government spending on the economy. If they have any doubts about the need to cut a deal, however, they should turn their attention to what's happening on the other side of the Atlantic.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2011 | By Robert Abele, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Hell-raising, beautiful college kids heading for the Appalachians — what could go wrong? How about a couple of bearded woodsmen dragging one of those weekenders, a blond beauty, back to their dilapidated cabin? "Tucker & Dale vs. Evil" is a farce of misunderstanding first, body-count nightmare second and at nearly all times a refreshingly upending horror-comedy bromance. The titular hillbillies — shy, sweet Dale (Tyler Labine) and his best friend Tucker (Alan Tudyk) — are director/co-writer Eli Craig's genre-redemption project, peaceful rednecks hoping for some R&R who save a girl (Katrina Bowden)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After a year and a half absence, Vincent D'Onofrio, 51, returns to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as the brilliant but troubled detective Robert Goren for the show's 10th season, which debuts May 1 on the USA Network. I like your character, Det. Goren, but he seems to get a mixed reaction. I think some people don't get him. It's always been like that. I think that's OK. It's not for everybody, especially the way I play him is not to everybody's taste. People, I think, unless they allow themselves to take the leap of faith, they don't like the intelligence, the ridiculous amount of knowledge he has. It doesn't make it easy in a 40-minute show to solve a crime [persuasively]
OPINION
April 12, 2011 | Michael Kinsley
The fiscal savior of this country will be the person who convinces us to bite the bullet. That person will not be Rep. Paul Ryan. The House Budget Committee chairman's thoughts for 2012, released last week, purport to be something that's been missing since Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address in 1981. For 30 years, Republicans have demanded a balanced budget without ever producing one, even on paper. Ryan continues the GOP tradition of evasion. How has Ryan built his reputation as a hero of fiscal discipline?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2010 | By Dennis Lim, Special to the Los Angeles Times
After the international success of "Jaws" in 1975, executives at Japan's venerable but then-struggling Toho Studios approached Nobuhiko Obayashi, a leading director of commercials, and invited him to make the Japanese equivalent. The resulting film, 1977's "House," bears no discernible resemblance to "Jaws," though like the Steven Spielberg classic, it's surely some kind of benchmark for its genre ? if this freakish, garish spasm of surrealist-psychedelic horror-comedy can be said to belong to a genre at all. Brainstormed with his 11-year-old daughter, Chigumi (who gets story credit)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
No matter how fierce your devotion to popular culture, odds are you've never heard of Samuel Bayer, who makes his feature directing debut Friday with the reboot of "A Nightmare on Elm Street." But you're almost certainly familiar with his work. A prolific commercial and music-video director, Bayer has been responsible for some of the most memorable images of the last 20 years: Kurt Cobain thrashing around a gym in Nirvana's music video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; the bespectacled girl in a bumblebee tutu finding elusive companionship in Blind Melon's "No Rain" video.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 1985
As a part-time film buff (no T&A pics or shoddy slasher cinema), I am in somewhat of a quandary as to what I should do about the latest Rocky movie. Am I to shell out six bucks, grit the teeth, put my gag reflexes on hold and admire the latest in the art of manipulative, jingoistic film-making of the Reagan '80s, or refuse to patronize this shallow Hollywood holocaust of hollow-headedness? No, wait . . . forget the whole damn thing! I'll wait for the video and rent it for a buck.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 1992
As usual, out of a pop/rock mind-set comes yet another Times reviewer with a "they're-has-beens" rip of a Moody Blues concert ("Out of Foggy Time Warp Appear the Moody Blues," March 31). This time the cliche-driven slasher was John Penner. He must have been in the john when the "old guys" played prolonged versions of "Story in Your Eyes" and "Legend of a Mind." These renditions, which included raucous instrumentals, hardly were performed without any "fresh twists." Speaking of fresh twists, I would like to see The Times send an open-minded reviewer who enjoys good music--music that makes you think and feel (be it rap, country or whatever)
BUSINESS
February 16, 2009 | Alana Semuels
In this economy, it's no fun to look for work, so this weekend Josh Navarro tried to distract himself by seeing a movie. He picked something even scarier than the job market: "Friday the 13th." So did thousands of other people, as a splashy remake of the gory 1980 movie performed better at the box office than any other previous slasher film. "Friday the 13th" brought in $42.2 million, and its box-office sales have helped make this the highest-grossing Presidents Day weekend ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2009 | Mark Olsen
The team behind the latest installment in the "Friday the 13th" horror franchise has decided to reboot the series with a respectful nod to the mythology surrounding its iconic villain, the unspeaking, marauding killer Jason Voorhees -- who has, in previous outings, been sent to outer space, hell and/or New York City.
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