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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Xtro at 25

A quarter of a century ago, an unusual, low-budget, British horror movie called "Xtro" was released to some minor success. It was one of the early films made (or in this case, partially funded) by New Line Cinema (the studio that produced or distributed such varied films as Pink Flamingos, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters, Hairspray, the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, the Mask, the Austin Powers series, and the Lord of the Rings films). Attempts were made to ban Xtro during the Video Nasties era in the 1980s, dispite that Xtro had been rated and approved by the British Board of Film Classification.
Two sequels were made, "Xtro II: The Second Encounter" and "Xtro 3: Watch the Skies", neither of which have anything to the original, or each other, except that they all involve some sort of alien creatures and were all directed by Harry Bromley Davenport. Davenport has plans for a fourth Xtro movie in the near future.
To celebrate, here's an article from Fangoria about Xtro and other New Line productions, such as "Alone in the Dark" (not be confused with the video game of the same name and its film adaptations):

As a bonus, here's another Xtro article from Twilight Zone Magazine:

20 years of Who Framed Roger Rabbit

This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most important films in the history of animation, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". To celebrate, here are some articles about this seminal film (all but two are from Starlog), starting with a look at the film's effects:

Here's a review of the film by Harry McCracken in the defunct animation fan magazine Animato:

And here's an article on the making of the film in Newsweek:

And here's an interview with actress Joanna Cassidy, who played Dolores:

And here's and interview with musical composer Alan Silvestri:

Here's an overview of the film:

And finally, here's an interview with director Robert Zemeckis:

Also, check out this article:http://johnpannozzi.blogspot.com/2008/03/censorship-of-who-framed-roger-rabbit.html