Black Moon Rising - Blu-ray review By
James Whittington, Monday 22nd April 2019Black Moon Rising
Most Sci-Fi thrillers from the 80s often suffered from lack of budget and lack of imagination as they tried to bring visions of tomorrow to an audience weaned on a diet of Star Wars and other such fodder. Black Moon Rising was different, it kept its hopes high but kept itself in the here and now and viewing some thirty plus years after its initial release only fashion and the odd dodgy piece of SFX lets its age be known.
Tommy Lee Jones stars as Sam Quint, a master thief working for the government who hides a computer disc loaded with evidence of corporate crime in a prototype supercar, the Black Moon. When a gang of thieves steal the car, Quint seduces their leader, Nina (Linda Hamilton), to get to the disc. But in order to reclaim his property, Quint and Nina must break into an impenetrable skyscraper and take down Ed Ryland (Robert Vaughn), the head of a dangerous stolen car syndicate...
This is a first-rate Friday night in with beer and pizza kind of a movie that has rightly gained an enormous cult following. Written by John Carpenter, Desmond Nakano and William Gray, Black Moon Rising is packed with stunts, hard-assed bad guys and plenty of cheesy one-liners. Director Harley Cokeliss delivers exactly what you'd want from such a movie and by doing so helps your brain disengage from the wild storyline.
The car does look like a flattened version of K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider but that's where the similarity ends. This car is for speed, and speed alone!
Jones plays his usual character of a no-nonsense type of guy who looks like nothing could raise a smile from his stony face whilst Hamilton is smart and sassy who can hold her own against the men with a hairstyle that has to be seen to be believed but hey, it was the 80s and every haircut should have come with a health warning! Talking of style its cool to see Bubba Smith as a tough talking, foul-mouthed Government Agent with a moustache that could own its own movie. The movie is held together by Robert Vaughn, his glassy gaze and suave charm was his trademark, a sort of American version of Roger Moore, and here its used in bucket-loads.
The score from the legendary composer Lalo Schifrin is pure 80s heaven, loads of electronic suites and soft rock which punctuates the action perfectly throughout.
Extras on the disc include a new audio commentary by Lee Gambin, author of Show Me: The Making of Christine, Black Moon Ascending, a new interview with director Harley Cokeliss, Thief in The Night: Producing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with producer Douglas Curtis, Sound of Speed: Composing Black Moon Rising, a new interview with composer Lalo Schifrin and film music historian Daniel Schweiger, Carpenter's Craft, a new video essay on co-writer John Carpenter's screenwriting career by author and critic Troy Howarth, Making Black Moon Rising, an archival documentary featuring behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews, alternative Hong Kong version scenes which presents selected scenes from the Hong Kong theatrical version with a different score and sound effects, theatrical trailer and radio spots and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Haunt Love.
Black Moon Rising is from a much different age to which we live in now. Its non-PC, even vulgar at times but has a charm that will have you revisiting this foe many years to come.
Vertigo Releasing has announced the acquisition of theatrical and certain downstream media of Orion Pictures' Child's Play for UK and Ireland. The movie will feature Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky, along with Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman.
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HC: What made you want to be an actress?
DW: Oh, you know... I was born! (laughs) Seriously, I think creative people are just born to be creative and they have to find an outlet for that. My mother also was a beautiful actress, locally in my hometown and did all the plays at church so I think I naturally found my way into a family that supporte...
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The exclusive ASDA title will be released as a Limited Edition run of 1,000 copies on neon green vinyl and will be only available in the UK.
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SHARE: READ MOREInterview with Horror's Channel Manager Stewart Bridle
Posted in Features,
Friday 10th May 2019
Stewart Bridle is Horror Channel's longest serving Channel Manager. He has guided Horror for almost a decade and has managed to bring to our screens many classics as well as introducing us to some new horror movie talent. In this, our 15th anniversary month we chat to Stewart about his role and some of the juicy pieces he has lined up for the rest of 2019.
HC: Have you always been a horror movie fan?
SB: Yes! I've always been interested and fascinated with horror and all genre stuff. I have an older brother who would manage to rent or get bootleg VHS of some great horror titles and I have memories of watching things like the original Dawn Of The Dead or slashers like The Burning while far too youn...
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