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30 Years Later: Ranking The Movies Of Summer 1984

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 5, 2014 3:36 PM
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Ranked: Movies Of 1984
Friday, June 8th, 1984 was quite a day. Homosexuality was decriminalized in New South Wales, Australia; an F5 tornado struck the town of Barnevald, Wisconsin, USA, destroying 90% of it; President Ronald Reagan attended a summit in London; the Celtics beat the Lakers 121-103 to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA finals; TV gameshow “Press Your Luck” paid out the biggest ever jackpot (to that point) of $110,000 to one Michael Larson who had figured out how to beat the system; and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” was poised to knock Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” off the Billboard Charts number one spot. Oh, and modern classics “Ghostbusters” and “Gremlins” were both released.

Book Review: 'Shock Value' Is The Must-Read Film Book Of The Summer

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 5, 2011 1:57 AM
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Much has been written about the film revolution that took place during the 1970’s – when the studio system crumbled in inconceivable ways and a brood of bold young filmmakers, most of them wily, many of them bearded, forever changed the landscape of the film industry. But far less has been written about the seismic shift in genre films during the same period. Thankfully, Jason Zinoman, a crack film writer for the New York Times (he did last weekend’s great John Carpenter profile), has come forward to present a compelling and well researched look at those films in “Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror.”

Joe Dante, Xavier Gens, Vincenzo Natali & More Sign On For Horror Antholoy 'Paris, I'll Kill You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2010 6:46 AM
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Well here's a sort of clever idea that will probably still end up being terrible. A bevy of horror directors, including Joe Dante ("Germlins"), Paco Plaza ("[REC]") Vincenzo Natali ("Splice"), Xavier Gens ("Hitman"), Ryuhei Kitamura ("The Midnight Meat Train"), Brit director Christopher Smith ("Creep"), French duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo ("A L'Interieur") and German music video director Joern Heitmann have all signed on for "Paris, I'll Kill You."

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