Welcome to Savage Steve Holland Week!

steveIn honor of the news that “Savage” Steve Holland is returning to the field of teen comedies, Mutant Reviewers has decided to dedicate an entire week to looking at his 80s comedies and the man himself.  Holland’s brand of comedies contained perhaps some of the most quintessential 80s style, from the zany plots to cartoon additions to the surrealness of the decade.

So as we get the ball rolling on this theme week, sound off in the comments: What was your favorite Savage Steve Holland film and why?

steve80s teen cult movie director “Savage” Steve Holland is returning to helm a new comedy, Multiplexing.  Holland is best known, at least to us Mutants, as the director of a trio of wacky 80s comedies: Better Off Dead…, One Crazy Summer, and How I Got Into College.

Variety reports:

Savage Steve Holland has come on board  to direct “Multiplexing,” revisiting the teen comedy arena of  his 1980s cult films “Better Off Dead…” and “One Crazy Summer.”

Producers are Wayne 6 Entertainment’s Mark Heidelberger, Mike Massotto and David Crump with Richard Salvatore (“The Big Wedding”) and David E Ornston. A summer shoot is planned.

Crump penned the script, which tracks a ragtag group of small town teens who get the surprise of a lifetime when the studio behind a summer tentpole release decides to premiere its film at their hometown multiplex.

space1970Welcome to a new feature on Mutant Reviewers, Mutant Comrades.  Every week or so, we’ll be spotlighting a fellow cult culture site or blog to recommend to our readers.

Our first recommendation is for the awesomely titled Space: 1970.  It’s a blog devoted to “celebrating the science fiction films and television of the polyester decade,” which is something that I haven’t given a lot of thought to at all.  But the fact is that there are a lot of 70s scifi films and it’s good there’s a site covering them.

Christopher Mills has a barrage of posts covering titles like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Black Hole, and Jason of Star Command.  He has a very upbeat approach to his site that I appreciate: “I still love these productions with all the enthusiasm I held for them as a kid, and they will be treated here with affection and respect. If you’re looking for someone to snarkily denigrate ‘old’ movies – or like to do that yourself – you’ve come to the wrong site.”

fanbeastsCan you stretch 54 pages into three movies?  JK Rowling says you can.

The Harry Potter author announced that she’s working with Warner Bros. to take her 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and turn it into a trilogy:

There would be a trilogy of films based on the book, which follows a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander.

Scamander is the author of a guide to magical creatures. Set in New York, the book is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but an “extension” of Harry Potter’s “wizarding world”, Rowling said.

The project, which was first announced in September 2013, will be produced by Harry Potter regular David Heyman, whose recent successes include Gravity.

“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it,” said Rowling when the film was announced last year.

The book was written by Rowling between the publication of the fourth and the fifth books in the Harry Potter series. It is set 70 years before we first meet Harry.

Justin does The Little Mermaid

mer1“I just don’t see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad. “

The Scoop: 1989 G, directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and starring Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, and Rene Auberjonois

Tagline: Somewhere under the sea and beyond your imagination is an adventure in fantasy.

Summary Capsule: Mermaid sells voice for legs in order to get a boyfriend.

 

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Writers Wanted — Join the Mutant Reviewers Team!

writersThat’s right: It’s time to open up the doors to invite a couple of new mutants into the fold! Mutant Reviewers is looking for passionate lovers of cult movies who have a knack for entertaining and informing with their writing. Is that you? If so, scootch your butt over to a word processor and send us in a sample review!

What we’re looking for:

  • Fans of cult movies that are always seeking the odd and offbeat to watch
  • Writers that are entertaining and knowledgeable
  • Writers that have a solid grasp of grammar and spelling (important!)
  • Someone who is willing to contribute to the site not because of pay (we pay in hugs, mostly) but out of a shared passion for cult movies and TV
  • Someone who can bring a new or unique perspective to MRFH
  • A dodo (because if we found one, we’d be rich)

Expectations:

  • Writers are expected to contribute at least three reviews or articles a month
  • Participation in conversation with the rest of the staff
  • A sense of humor, because we’re all goofy dolts

How to apply:

  • Send your application to Justin: justinmassively -at- yahoo -dot- com
  • Include your name and some information about yourself and your history with cult movies (including your favorites!)
  • Include a sample movie review (if you’re accepted, this will be the first review we post of yours)

Good luck! We can’t wait to meet you!