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Horror History: John Carpenter’s The Thing Originally Took Place Under Water

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Here’s a tidbit of news concerning one of our absolute favorite movies of all time, John Carpenter’s The Thing! There has been a treasure trove of facts and trivia coming out pertaining to this flick but this is one we… Continue Reading →

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- Steve Barton

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5 Horror Remakes That Are Better Than the Original

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Hey, it’s almost Halloween, so let’s all get ready by putting this on repeat for the rest of the month and talking about some horror movies. Specifically, let’s take a look at the dreaded horror remake. Everyone’s gotten one now — Freddy, Jason, Michael Meyers, and even the freaking Amityville Horror have all seen attempted remakes of their films. Why the hell are the production demons in Hollywood foisting these turds on us? Everyone knows that horror remakes always suck. Except when they don’t, anyway. 5. The Thing John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic of the sci-fi horror genre. The original? Not so much. In fact, there’s a significant chunk of people who only know it even exists because Jamie Lee Curtis is watching it on TV in HalloweenThe Thing from Another World is your fairly basic 1950’s sci-fi film, with an invader from another world (go figure) who lumbers »

- Ashe Cantrell

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Film Review: ‘Dracula Untold’

30 September 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s nothing new under the moon in “Dracula Untold,” a decorous but dull origin story that attempts to turn history’s most famous vampire into a kind of male Maleficent — a misunderstood husband/father/ruler who turned to the dark side out of the noblest intentions. What next? “Freddy Krueger Meets Dr. Freud?” Lavishly mounted by first-time feature director Gary Shore, minus the cheeky good humor that propelled his 2006 creature-feature short “The Draft,” this Legendary-Universal co-production (which opens today overseas, 10 days ahead of its domestic bow) looks to scare up only modest Halloween-season biz amid competition from Warners’ “Annabelle” (out Oct. 3) and U’s own “Ouija” (out Oct. 24).

Like Bram Stoker before them, screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (the forthcoming “Gods of Egypt”) take their inspiration from the real historical figure of Vlad Dracula (aka Vlad the Impaler), a 15th-century Transylvanian prince, taken hostage as a teenager »

- Scott Foundas

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Cold in July | Blu-ray Review

30 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Director Jim Mickle’s fourth feature film, Cold in July, is an adaptation of a novel by Joe R. Landsale, set in the particular, simpler landscape of 1989 East Texas. It’s also Mickle’s most accomplished and promising work to date, as it shows the director moving away from the genre hybrids he’s come to be known for, specifically the vampire apocalypse comedy Stakeland (2010) and his remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are (2013). While those films struggled with consistency and tone, often faltering irreparably under the weight of their derivative natures, Mickle’s latest is a mixture of scaled back flourishes and makes for a cold, mean, vicious neo-noir. The film certainly deserved more attention after critical praise following the Sundance Film Festival premiere, followed by an invite to play at Cannes and then a muted theatrical release in the Us. But its eventual destiny »

- Nicholas Bell

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New on Blu-ray and DVD: The Rover! The Signal! & More!

30 September 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Mike Meyers refuses to die. John Carpenter's first film invented a new kind of modern horror film that we're still seeing facsimiles of today. Shout! Factory have put together all ten Halloween film films including the Rob Zombie remakes into one mid shattering collection that I don't think anyone saw coming.

There are two versions of the set. One is a more comprehensive 15-disc set that includes additional extras and alternate versions of some of the films, the other a 10-disc set. Either way, you're getting a hell of a comprehensive Halloween experience. Not one to be missed by serious horror fans.

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'The Guest' Star Dan Stevens Reveals That Method Man Is a Huge 'Downton Abbey' Fan

30 September 2014 4:16 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

On October 10th, one of our very favorite movies of the year expands nationwide, to about 500 screens, after building considerable word-of-mouth and sterling reviews. That movie is "The Guest." And instead of being a stuffy art house movie, which follows a similar rollout (and achieves comparable buzz), "The Guest" is a down-and-dirty genre movie and probably the most fun 100 minutes you'll have in a theater all year.

The movie, from the creators of "You're Next" (writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard), stars Dan Stevens from "Downton Abbey" as David, a war veteran who returns to the home of his fallen brother-in-arms. Presenting himself to the family, he says that he is there to just keep an eye on them and maybe stay until he gets back on his feet. But it turns out that David's intentions are much more malevolent, and what starts out as a tableau of suburban »

- Drew Taylor

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Early Look at the Cover Art for Big Trouble in Little China #7

27 September 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Good ol’ Jack Burton wouldn’t be himself if he didn’t have a target on his back, but he’s not the only one hunted in the seventh issue of John Carpenter and Eric Powell’s Big Trouble in Little China comic book series, as Egg Shen and Miao Yin face the wrath of the Seven-Faced Widow, while Jack and Wang Chi strive to survive The Lords of Death.

“Why We Love It: Big Trouble In Little China is one of our favorite cult-classic films because it mashed together ’80s action and supernatural fantasy movies with ’70s kung-fu flicks. This is the first time any new Big Trouble stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (The Goon) on the story. You can’t beat that!

Why You’LL Love It: Eric Powell is a huge fan of Big Trouble In Little China, »

- Derek Anderson

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John Carpenter Talks About His Storied Filmmaking Career, Creative Differences, and the Term ‘Slasher’

26 September 2014 2:45 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Horror filmmaker John Carpenter’s body of work is atypical in that his films often seem to have been made by an uncompromisingly intuitive commercial artist. Never content just to take a check, Carpenter abandoned the Halloween franchise after co-writing and producing the series’ first two unsuccessful sequels and took on bold projects, such as Big Trouble in Little China and Prince of Darkness that suggested he knew how to make movies without giving in to creative pressure to make palatable pablum. Vulture talked to Carpenter about how he resolved key conflicts on projects that defined his career, particularly The Thing, his Halloween sequels, and others.In The Films of John Carpenter, author John Kenneth Muir writes that an early cut of Halloween was deemed "not scary enough" and you spent two weeks reworking it, and adding the score.No, that's incorrect.  That seemed like an odd coincidence since you »

- Simon Abrams

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Halloween HD Transfer to Haunt Theaters Around the World This October

24 September 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Michael Myers will be haunting more than just Haddonfield this Halloween season. While yesterday saw the release of Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory’s Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray box, SpectiCast announced today that The Shape can soon be seen stalking babysitters on the big screen, as John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, Halloween, will play at select worldwide theaters this October.

Los Angeles, Sept. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – “SpectiCast, one of the fastest growing event cinema marketing and distribution companies in the world, has partnered with Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films to bring John Carpenter’s immortal 1978 classic, Halloween, back to theaters worldwide beginning October 1, 2014, with select screenings available through October 31st.

For the first time ever, the digitally restored and re-mastered print, created under the supervision of the world renowned cinematographer, Dean Cundey, will be seen on big screens around the world. In the film, villain, Michael Myers »

- Derek Anderson

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Early Look at the Cover Art for Big Trouble in Little China #6

24 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Feeling the heat from the Wing Kong, Jack Burton and his good pals Wang Chi and Egg Shen hit the highway, setting off a rat race that grows deadlier by the mile when the Lords of Death decide to join in on the hunt. The sixth issue of Boom! Studios’ Big Trouble in Little China comic book series from John Carpenter and Eric Powell hits shelves in November, and we have a look at the issue’s three covers.

“Why We Love It: Big Trouble In Little China is one of our favorite cult-classic films because it mashed together ’80s action and supernatural fantasy movies with ’70s kung-fu flicks. This is the first time any new Big Trouble stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (The Goon) on the story. You can’t beat that!

Why You’LL »

- Derek Anderson

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Early Look at the Cover Art for Escape from New York #1

24 September 2014 9:50 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hot on the heels of their Big Trouble in Little China comic book series, Boom! Studios is bringing another John Carpenter classic to the paneled page: Escape from New York. Following the events of the 1981 film, everyone is after Snake Plissken as he navigates a land of the lawless. We have a look at five covers for the first issue that hits shelves in December.

“Why We Love It: We can’t get enough John Carpenter! It means so much to us to have brought Big Trouble In Little China to comics the right way. The response has been so strong that we knew we had to bring another Carpenter classic to comics in a style and approach that does Escape From New York justice.

Why You’LL Love It: If you already love the Escape From New York film, this is a no-brainer. But if Escape From New York is new to you, »

- Derek Anderson

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Invaders from Mars (1986) review

24 September 2014 12:54 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Kevin Scott

Invaders from Mars (1986)

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Written by: Richard Blake, Don Jakoby, and Dan O’Bannon

Cast: Hunter Carson (David Gardner), Karen Black (Linda Magnusson), Timothy Bottoms (George Gardner), Laraine Newman (Ellen Gardner), James Karen (Gen. Climet Wilson), Bud Cort (Mark Weinstein)

The best that I can tell, nostalgia runs on a thirty year cycle. I can speculate that what everybody watches as children, shapes them into adults with a deep seated desire to emulate it or watch it being emulated. A select few make it to a position where they can actually interject that nostalgia into the contemporary mainstream, and satisfy both the fans of the original material, but also put such a spit shine on the old premise that even the youngsters dig it, and have no idea that it’s based on something way older than they are. In the 1980’s we »

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Guest Editorial: Noam Little on “Askew: Tusk, Bh Tilt and The Hypocrisy of Horror Fandom”

24 September 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

*Editor’s note- Noam Little was nice enough to write this very thought provoking article regarding the state of horror and how a combination of marketing, dumping films to VOD and horror fandom might be incredibly detrimental to the genre. Give it a read, it’s a good one!-Jerry

The year is 1931. Although the American Public at large is greatly affected by The Great Depression, a line of people stand outside New York’s Roxy Theatre with cash in hand. None of these people knew they were contributing to American Cinematic History, but by the end of the decade, an entire film studio would become a box office tyrannosaur thanks to several refined, masterful depictions of the horror genre. And yet staring at that line of people is a man of supposed high social standing, uninterested by the fascinating in immoral and undignified cinema as he makes his way to his local library. »

- Jerry Smith

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9 mind-blowing movie fan theories on Joker, James Bond and more

23 September 2014 10:23 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.

Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...

Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran

The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.

The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »

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This is the Part I Really Like: Top ten movie-in-movie moments

23 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.

The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.

Gilda (1946) in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.

The Evil Dead »

- Daniel Bettridge

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September 23rd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Elvira, Halloween, StageFright

22 September 2014 6:54 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This is a huge week for horror fans, as the highly anticipated Halloween box set arrives from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory to officially set the mood for autumn and begin the countdown to the spookiest day of the year. There are also several other fantastic Blu-ray and DVD collections joining the ranks of Michael Myers as well, including Elvira, Jigsaw and Pazuzu!

One of my personal favorites, The Innocents, is also getting the hi-def treatment from Criterion this week, as well as the late 80’s cult classic StageFright, which is being released by Blue Underground. There are also a few new films getting released, including Wer, Found and the sci-fi thriller The Signal. Fans of Sonno Profondo will also be able to pick up a copy of the film on VHS this week too.

Spotlight Titles:

Elvira’s Movie Macabre: The Coffin Collection (Entertainment One, DVD)

26 horrifying films on 13 DVD’s! »

- Heather Wixson

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Heather’s Favorite Things About Halloween: The Complete Collection (Deluxe Edition)

22 September 2014 4:39 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The long wait for Halloween fans is almost over- Scream Factory and Anchor Bay’s stunning box set, Halloween: The Complete Collection, finally arrives tomorrow and I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity recently to immerse myself in all things Michael Myers in order to take a look at what they put together for their definitive Deluxe Edition Blu-ray set.

While I believe that The Complete Collection is absolutely a worthy addition to any fan’s home entertainment library, I know that there are some concerns out there from Halloween fans that buying the pricey set means they are forced to re-buy several of the franchise’s titles once again (especially considering most of the Halloween films already celebrated their individual releases in high-def over the last two years). That sentiment is true to a certain degree but, as a fan, I couldn’t imagine not picking »

- Heather Wixson

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‘The Guest’ is an absolute blast of genre-blending cinema

20 September 2014 9:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Guest

Written by Simon Barrett

Directed by Adam Wingard

USA, 2014

As soon as the title card interrupts an otherwise calm beginning, it’s clear that this film is going to be absolutely bonkers. More importantly, it’s going to be so much fun to watch. It delivers on that first impression and more, never letting up in its sense of genre-bending glee and always doubling down on its extremes while maintaining a level head aesthetic tension. This is a film that puts a wicked grin on the audience, similar to the wicked grin its mysterious central character sports.

The plot finds a soldier named David (Dan Stevens) appearing at the doorstep of a family and claims he was good friends with their son who died in action. They welcome him in as the whole family warms to him, but as strange murders occur across town the daughter Anna (Maika Monroe »

- Dylan Griffin

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Ten Best: Indie horrors to watch on TheHorrorShow.TV

19 September 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

We’re just over a month away from Halloween and there are no less than four major UK horror festivals on the horizon, so what better time to take a look at you choice of “home video” horror – with ten of the best independent horror movies to rent or buy on TheHorrorShow.TV

The Top 10, in no particular order, are…

Camp Dread

Mixing the slasher movie with reality TV doesn’t seem like the best idea for horror movie, especially considering the mainstream backlash against both genres, but surprisingly Camp Dread manages to overcome it’s much-maligned origins. Of course any slasher movie set at a summer camp is going to be filled with the tropes of the genre and this film is no different – although this time around the stereotypes and cliches which would typically hinder such a production actually work in its favour. By embracing what made the »

- Phil Wheat

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Enter Our Giveaway to Win Hannibal Season Two and Halloween: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray

17 September 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Damn I wish I was eligible for this giveaway.  NBC's Hannibal might be the best looking show on network (or cable, for that matter) television.  It's so well shot, gory and archly funny that Blu-ray is really the only option (don't forget that even those 1080p iTunes downloads are still compressed).  And Halloween: The Complete Collection captures all of the films in that series, from John Carpenter's all-time original on down to Rob Zombie's two interpretations.  This also includes a pristine remaster of the long-lost producer's cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.  I can't wait until I can see that cut myself. The contest opens today.  Hit the jump to see how you can win Hannibal Season 2 or Halloween: The Complete Collection on Blu-ray.  We've got three copies of Hannibal and one copy of the Halloween box to unload.  In order to enter the contest, »

- Evan Dickson

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