Focus: Ninja movies by Godfrey Ho (1980s)

Focus: Ninja movies by Godfrey Ho (1980s)

Godfrey Ho is considered a master of B-movie Hong Kong actioners. However, a number of his movies are Z-grade movies made with a "cut-and-paste" technique. He would shoot footage for one movie, often using Caucasian actors for exportation, then edit the scenes into several other movies, mixing them with footage from old, unfinished or unreleased Asian movies (using Thai as well as Chinese or Filipino footage), then trying to make the story somewhat coherent through dubbing and voice-overs. He would then have four or five movies (of rock-bottom quality, of course) while having spent the budget of one. He teaches film making at the Hong Kong Film Academy

Godfrey used and an American actor Richard Harrison extensively as the lead role in many of his films. Harrison, a European B movie star in the 1960s and 1970s, agreed to act in several of Ho's films in the early 1980s, although this footage was later spliced into many more of Ho's productions without his prior agreement. Ho's film making also included uncredited and apparently unauthorized use of music from Miami Vice, Iczer One, Kamen Rider Super-1, Star Trek and Star Wars, and by Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Clan of Xymox and Steve Hillage, among others, as background score in his movies.

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Impressive sci-fi film Runaway (2013)

Watch Impressive sci-fi film Runaway (2013)

This impressive short film is titled Runaway and boasts some impressive special effects! It takes place in future and follows the story of a character named Ernest who operates a service station in the middle of the desert. Upon awakening from a nap, he’s greeted by a stranger who winds up causing a great deal of trouble in his otherwise uneventful afternoon.

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Sci-fi film takes you to paperless world in SCATTERED

Watch Sci-fi film takes you to paperless world in SCATTERED

Scattered examines society’s relationship with its past through a son’s relationship with his father, and challenges our established ideas of destruction and terrorism through a crime that is as surprising as it is all-consuming. As all great sci-fi should, Scattered offers a vision of the future that illuminates the present. Simple, atmospheric and haunting film Written and Directed by Joshua Bregman!

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A beautiful film about a girl who sees a monster - WOODHOUSE (2013)

Watch A beautiful film about a girl who sees a monster - Woodhouse (2013)

Beyond the padlocked gates of The Woodhouse Nature Reserve in London some thing, some creature, is living. Peter and Carly both embark on their own quests to discover the truth behind sightings of this unknown animal. Their search will draw us back into a history of dreamers and hoaxers! Written and Directed by Fred Rowson

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Nightmarish journey in anti-western SURVEYOR (2011)

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Set in the mid-1800s, Blake’s film follows a surveyor as he pushes West, forging a path for settlers and the American government. Amidst stunning widescreen visuals there’s a terse shoot-out with a villainous stranger, a hallucinatory, tragic finale, and an overall air of mystery and introspection. Director Scott Blake calls his short film Surveyor an “anti-western”, and it’s easy to see why. There’s really quite a bit to like here, and I think he shows a lot of promise with many of the choices that he makes in the shooting of this film.

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Top 10 films in Public Domain (Wired)

The 2006 October issue of Wired magazine chooses the 10 best movies in the public domain that you must watch. We've updated the list with much more info and with all the movies so you can decide were they worth it. Don't forget to leave a vote in the Poll.

1) Detour (1945)

Detour (1945)Snappy dialog, femme fatale, guilt-ridden hero, flimsy sets – it’s protonoir that helped launch a genre.
The film was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Goldsmith's novel of the same name and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was released by the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), one of the so-called "poverty row" film studios in mid-twentieth century Hollywood.
Although made on a small budget with bare sets and straightforward camera work, Detour has gathered much praise through the years and is held in high regard. In 1992, Detour was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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2) Driller Killer (1979)

Driller Killer (1979)An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill. This film was sometimes confused with the 1948 dance hit Killer Diller.

The Driller Killer is a 1979 horror film directed by and starring Abel Ferrara. It was on a list of banned so-called video nasties in the United Kingdom.

The film was released in the US in 1979, the UK in 2002, and on 10 June 2010 it was re-released as video on demand (VOD). The film is now in the public domain as it was never registered in the United States Copyright Office database.

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3) Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)George Romero’s gritty classic out-brains the avalanche of zombie flicks it inspired. Mmm ... brains.
Night of the Living Dead is an American independent horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and was completed on a US$114,000 budget. The film became a financial success, grossing $12 million domestically and $18 million internationally. Night of the Living Dead was heavily criticized at its release owing to explicit content, but eventually garnered critical acclaim and has been selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." The film has entered the public domain due to an error by the distributor.
The story follows characters Ben (Duane Jones), Barbra (Judith O'Dea), and five others trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania which is attacked by "living dead" monsters known as zombies. Night of the Living Dead was the basis of five subsequent Living Dead films (1978-2010) also directed by Romero and has inspired two remakes (1990, 2006)

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