INTRODUCING: The Index

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Chris Luckett

You’ve probably noticed the introduction of red, underscored links within reviews and Core Stories I’ve written over the last few months, directing you to other reviews within The Apple Box and cross-referencing my content.

The trouble is, “The Apple Box” has existed in many forms. Back in 2012, when it launched in its original form, it lived at http://the-apple-box.blogspot.ca, before I began using the domain http://www.appleboxreviews.ca. Cost-cutting measures in 2015 led to a temporary migration to https://appleboxreviews.wordpress.com, until settling lastly into its present home at http://www.appleboxreviews.com.

Unfortunately, as articles have shifted from site to site, many URLs no longer worked — and hundreds of my earlier reviews were either trapped at different web sites or lost in the online ether. But no longer.

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CORE STORY: Upcoming horror film The Woods is actually Blair Witch Project 3

Photo: Artisan Entertainment

Photo: Artisan Entertainment

Chris Luckett

While Lionsgate has defensively reacted to news of them shuffling the Divergent series finale to TV, the studio was secretly waiting to drop another shock on their fans.

San Diego Comic-Con attendees were invited to a screening last night of Lionsgate’s Sept. 16 horror film, The Woods. The audience soon discovered, though, that The Woods has been the secret, working title for Blair Witch, a sequel to The Blair Witch Project and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.

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CORE STORY: Controversial “Holocaust clown” Jerry Lewis movie surfaces online

Photo: YouTube

Photo: YouTube

Chris Luckett

When film buffs talk about completed films that the public will never see, like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Don Plum or the recent John Malkovich movie 100 Years, the one that’s always name-dropped as the Holy Grail of lost movies is the infamous The Day the Clown Cried.

In 1972, slapstick comedy star Jerry Lewis signed on to direct and star in The Day the Clown Cried, a drama about a circus performer accidentally sent to Auschwitz who is forced by the Nazis to use his entertaining skills to lure Jewish children into the camp’s gas chambers.

Many problems afflicted the production and once the film was completed, Lewis was so taken aback by the poor taste and quality of the film, he swore it would never see the light of day. Nearly 50 years later, it finally has. Continue reading

10 QUESTIONS with Ryan Ferguson, 2014 World Film Festival Director

Photo: Art Gallery of Hamilton

Photo: Art Gallery of Hamilton

Chris Luckett

The AGH BMO World Film Festival, held each September in Hamilton, Ontario, celebrated its sixth year this past weekend. Beginning with last Friday’s screening of The Trip to Italy, 2014’s line-up of 30 movies continues until October 5, with a pair of closing screenings of 20,000 Days on Earth.

Taking the reins from Annette Paiement, WFF director in years past, Ryan Ferguson faced a daunting task in putting together this year’s festival, as the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s new Manager of Film Programme. Ferguson took some time to speak to The Apple Box about this year’s challenges, what to expect from this year’s batch of films, and his personal favourites to watch out for.

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