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Tom Jolliffe on the 1970s and why it is the best era in cinema history…
There will always be a great deal of debate about the best era for cinema. For my two cents I’ll say with a great deal of assurance that the best period in cinema history was the 1970’s. There was most certainly a transition through that decade which saw the gritty cinema of the late 60’s onward, into the birth of the blockbuster as we know it today.
You could almost split the 70’s into two categories, although I will make some mention of sub-categories like the Blaxploitation period too. On one hand directors were beginning to really move as far from the traditional classic Hollywood production code as they could. Boundaries were being pushed and optimism was being replaced with deeply pessimistic work. It wasn’t all happy endings. Things were getting dark, reflecting »
- Tom Jolliffe
It’s hard out there for Stephen King movies. No, really, it is. For every runaway success like It, there are a dozen other duds that simply fail to make the jump to the big screen. It’s no wonder why, either. For as amazing an author as he is, King’s particular strengths – the parts about his stories that work on paper – aren’t generally what make great movies. He finds the longest possible way to tell a story that he can – tracked through countless back channels of micro-world-building and characterization, of layers upon layers of description and scene-setting, agonizingly
- Brian Hadsell
Channel Zero: Candle Cove surprised just about everyone when it aired on Syfy last year, and was actually pretty good. It’s no secret that the horror genre has a stigma attached to it, and it’s not completely unearned: horror films really do tend to be pretty bad (with the occasional gem sprinkled here and there). Hearing the pitch for a Syfy (known for their infamously bad original films) adapting a horror anthology series based on popular “Creepypastas” didn’t exactly sound like a winning idea. How wrong we were.
The Syfy Channel in general has had a resurgence of compelling programming in the past few years, and Channel Zero has clearly reflected that desire to rebrand. Season 1 gave us an intriguing small-town mystery, and Season 2 looks to be something else entirely. Series creator and Showrunner Nick Antosca recently chatted with Screen Rant about the inspiration for Channel Zero: No End House… »
- Jordan Jones
- Kevin Yeoman
“In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the Vampires, the Demons, and the Forces of Darkness. She is the Slayer.”
There must be about a million films, stories and TV related content that contains one particular scene. A vulnerable young woman, running for her life, terrified of whomever, or whatever, is pursuing her. She is utterly helpless to prevent her oncoming, horrible death – and most of the time is scantly clad. The scenario ends one of two ways – she either meets a terrible fate, or ends up getting saved by a dashing, Harrison Ford look alike male hero. Rinse, lather, repeat.
It once looked like that would be all we’d get from female characters in horror related productions. That was, until, a young writer came along named Joss Whedon, who decided that enough was enough. He had an idea of a young woman »
- Ben McCarthy
Duncan Bowles Sep 21, 2017
While Matthew Vaughn has been the director responsible for a string of fantastic movies, his talisman in front of the camera and a core part of his cinematic journey since Stardust, is Mark Strong. As the superbly villainous (or some might say driven) Septimus, a character just as mesmerising dead or alive, Strong imbued him with a roguish evil that really made him stand out in a packed and stellar cast line-up. His next project with Vaughn saw him take up arms (and fists) against a teenage due in Kick-Ass, doling out a new definition of ‘Daddy issues’ yet giving Frank D’Amico a »
Jamie Lee Curtis will star in and executive produce a new multi-cam comedy in development at CBS, Variety has learned exclusively.
The project, titled “Quality of Life” is described as a multi-generational sitcom set at a family-run funeral home, tackling life through the unique perspective that growing up in a funeral home gives you. Curtis will play the family matriarch. She and Janis Hirsch came up with the story for the project, with Hirsch writing the script. Both Curtis and Hirsch will also executive produce, along with Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. CBS Television Studios will produce.
The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Curtis will reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming “Halloween” film. Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, the ghoulish masked figure who has plagued her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Franchise »
- Joe Otterson
Going off the beaten path on vacation can be a picturesque experience, but it can be a perilous one as well. An American couple accidentally disturbs a deadly spirit in Thailand in the new horror film Ghost House, and with the supernatural thriller out now in select theaters from Vertical Entertainment and on DVD and VOD platforms from Lionsgate, Daily Dead caught up with director Rich Ragsdale to discuss filming in Thailand, the presence of ghosts on set, and working with Scout Taylor-Compton and James Landry Hébert.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Rich and Kevin! What attracted you guys to the story of Ghost House and made you want to tell this story on screen?
Rich Ragsdale: Ghost Houses (also known as spirit houses) are ubiquitous in Thailand, but are pretty much unknown in the west, so we thought they would make a »
- Derek Anderson
From her upcoming album “Utopia” comes Björk’s new music video “The Gate,” which is the album’s first single. The video, released on Sunday, is yet another collaboration with experimental filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang.
As we venture into the oneiric world of “The Gate,” we initially see Björk playing the flute in a land that is so heavenly that it resembles Planet Mül from Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” While she sings “I care for you,” the visually stunning music video then proceeds to show the Icelandic artist create and control the most ensnaring light orb you’ve ever seen, which she uses to animate other beings to make them whole.
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Björk’s latest album “Vulnicura” was, according to Pitchfork, about the conclusion of her long-term relationship with Matthew Barney. »
- Alberto Achar
Universal Pictures has announced a release date for the next Halloween movie, which will return the beloved franchise to its roots and away from the previous reboot, while revealing Jamie Lee Curtis will return for one final showdown...
John Carpenter is hoping to bring horror fans another great movie in the franchise he started nearly 40 years ago. As previously announced last year, the iconic director has jumped on board as a producer of the Universal's new Halloween movie and this weekend has brought our first real details on the upcoming film, including a release date.
The new Halloween movie is slated to launch on October 19, 2018, but the most exciting thing (for long time fans) is the fact that Jamie Lee Curtis will be back to reprise her role as Laurie Strode for one "final confrontation" with Michael Meyers. This will be interesting considering Curtis' Strode was killed off in Halloween: Resurrection »
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Harry Dean Stanton passed away yesterday at the age of 91 and Hollywood has taken to social media to pay tribute to the screen legend who starred in Alien, Twin Peaks and everything in between. According to TMZ, the actor passed away peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Stanton's career spanned more than 6 decades in numerous television and movie projects and he was also a Navy veteran of World War II.
Harry Dean Stanton was born in Irvine, Kentucky and raised with a musical background while attending Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Stanton sings, plays guitar, and plays the harmonica. After performing theater in college, Stanton said that he had to choose between being an actor and a musician while also mentioning that he could have been a writer as well after studying journalism. He was convinced to get into acting and the rest is history. »
Tributes have been pouring in for Harry Dean Stanton, who died yesterday at 91 after a six-decade career that saw him steal scenes in movies as varied as “Pretty in Pink,” “Repo Man,” and “The Godfather Part II.” Stanton left behind a huge number of friends and colleagues, many of whom have taken to social media to honor the late performer.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 15, 2017
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017
- Michael Nordine
It was strongly hinted on social media that True Lies star, Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her role as the virginal Laurie Strode in the upcoming Halloween sequel, scheduled to be released on October 19th, 2018.
A message on her official Facebook page read as follows:
Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.
A picture of Jamie Lee Curtis wearing the same clothes that her 40 year younger self wore in the original Halloween back in 1978 with her knife wielding adversary, Michael Myers in the background accompanied the post. It has gotten fans wild over her return and there is already a lot of speculation on a lot of things about the new movie. Here it is below.
- Lee Skavydis
Earlier this year it was announced that John Carpenter is returning to the iconic slasher series Halloween to produce a new instalment in the franchise from director David Gordon Green, and now Jamie Lee Curtis has taken to Twitter to announce that she will be reprising the role of Laurie Strode.
“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues,” wrote Curtis on her Twitter account. “40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.”
Curtis portrayed Laurie in the original Halloween and its 1981 sequel Halloween II, but the character was said to have died prior to the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. However, Curtis then returned to the franchise for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, with the character said to have faked her death, before being killed by her brother Michael Myers in the 2002 instalment Halloween: Resurrection.
None of this will matter however, as »
- Gary Collinson
Before Linda Hamilton’s “Sarah Connor,” before Sigourney Weaver’s “Ellen Ripley,” before Angelina Jolie’s “Lara Croft,” there was Jamie Lee Curtis’ horror heroine Laurie Strode. Battling pure evil Michael Myers, Strode was one of the first female characters that young women could see not as the victim, but as the strong, never-give-up survivor. Keeping her wits about her in John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 classic, Halloween was Curtis’ feature film debut and launched her career as a “scream queen” horror star.
The final line “It was the boogeyman” still invokes goosebumps.
- Michelle Hannett
It'll be released 40 years after John Carpenter's original classic »
- Jacob Stolworthy
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Short Film of the Day: Spike Jonze filmed part of a new short dance film starring Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield on The Tonight Show: Music Video of the Day: John Carpenter revisits and pays tribute to his adaptation of Christine in his new music video: Movie Parody of the Day: James Corden is Pennywise the clown at the office in this Late Late Show parody of It: Cosplay of the Day: Speaking of Pennywise, watch a time-lapse video of a BFI staffer being turned into the It clown: Visual Effects Reel of the Day: Ilm shared a look "behind the magic" of its visual effects...
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- Christopher Campbell
Earlier this year, we heard that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green had been tapped to create a new version of Halloween. Now comes word that Jamie Lee Curtis will star as the character she first played in John Carpenter's original horror thriller. Curtis will reprise "her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago," according to an official statement. "Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs." As for Curtis, she appeared as Laurie Strode in...
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- Peter Martin
Incredible to think that after the plethora of Stephen King film adaptations over the years (this year alone boasts five), that his beloved Horror story It, has – until now – not had a big screen retelling. The nearest we have gotten is the flawed but ambitious Tommy Lee Wallace Mini-Series from 1990, which featured an iconic turn by Tim Curry as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. However, if you only have this version of the story in mind upon entering Andres (or Andy as he is credited) Muschietti’s adaptation, you may be a little startled, as this is far darker, far more intense and truly the king of King adaptations.
Utilising the dark cinematography (by Chung-Hoon Chung) and CGI-aided scares that helped him make a mark with his 2013 debut Mama, Muschietti beautifully and savagely captures the essence of the source material, while leaving a distinctive imprint of his own. Set mostly in »
- Jack Bottomley
Out of all the places I visited at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the most memorable was the screening of the Channel Zero: No-End House premiere episode. The way the series has lingered in my mind makes me think that I haven't truly left the house since first seeing it... making me even more eager for the new season to premiere on the Syfy channel beginning Wednesday, September 20th. To help hold me over until then, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Channel Zero showrunner Nick Antosca about the psychological scares of the suburban-set second season, and we've also been provided with an exclusive clip from No-End House to share with Daily Dead readers.
Congratulations on Candle Cove and the upcoming Channel Zero, Nick. Coming from the subtle, mind-melding psychological horror of Candle Cove, when you were planning the No-End House season in the writers’ room, were »
- Derek Anderson
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