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With this year almost completely behind us, we wanted to take a look back at 2008 and all the content we were fortunate enough to share with you wonderful fiends! Below you'll find links to every interview, convention report, commentary & Top 10 list we put together in 2008! It was quite a year! And as always, we have You to thank for your continued support! Here's until 2009!
Icons Of Fright’S Best (And Worst) Horror Movies Of 2008!!!
January’S Fright Exclusive Interviews:
February’S Fright Exclusive Interviews:
March 2008 Edition Of Icons Of Fright!!!
We've just updated our Trilogy Picks column! This month's inspiration was actually a Icons holiday party we all attended last night where the features of the evening ended up being Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2, Creepshow 2 and Tales From The Darkside: The Movie. Who knew this random selection of flicks would make for a wonderful triple feature?! Read the new Trilogy Picks section by clicking the logo below! And also check out all the previous editions, all also linked below!
Trilogy Picks – 3 Movies You Should Watch Tonight!!!
Brand New December 2008 Edition – “Happy Garbage Day”! (With Trailers!)
- July 2008 – 3 Movies You Can Watch When You’Re Babysitting (With Intent To Traumatize)! (Grizzly, House 2: The Second Story, Return To Oz)
This past year was a pretty damn good one for horror—as long as you didn’t depend on the mainstream. While most of the wide-release features conformed safely to formula, much more daring and interesting stuff was cropping up all over the art-house, festival and DVD scene.
Perhaps no better example can be drawn than the fact that while the bloodless, predictable Twilight was sucking millions of bucks out of tween girls at the multiplexes, the small Swedish import Let The Right One In, a modern classic on the same theme, was quietly knocking out audiences on a much smaller scale. Not everything the studios gave us in 2008 was negligible; a couple of titles from the majors made my top 10, and The Ruins and The Strangers would be among the runners-up. But there are far more indie features swarming like piranhas just below my list…
1.) Let The Right One In »
Here's a little holiday present we got our hands on just for you! This afternoon we got the working plot details for Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment's The Thing, their supposed "prequel" to John Carpenter's remake from 1982 that starred Kurt Russell and dealt with a shape-shifting creature from outer space that terrorizes researchers at an Antarctic facility. In the screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, the prequel takes place from the Norwegian camps point of view. An American scientific expedition to the frozen wastes of the Antarctic is interrupted by a group of seemingly mad Norwegians pursuing and shooting a dog. The helicopter pursuing the dog crashes leaving no explanation for the chase. During the night, the dog mutates and attacks other dogs in the cage and members of the team that investigate... more inside. »
Troma has announced the lineup of its 2009 TromaDance Film Festival, and it’s well-stocked with fright flicks. The 10th-anniversary edition of the event, which runs alongside the Sundance and Slamdance fests in Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, takes place January 19-23.
The four features headlining the fest are all genre movies: Bad Biology, Frank (Basket Case) Henenlotter’s gruesome and sexually perverse return to filmmaking; Plague Town, DVD producer David Gregory’s directorial debut about travelers stranded in an Irish village inhabited by deformed and murderous children; Lovecraft: Fear Of The Unknown, Frank H. Woodward’s documentary on the venerated occult author containing interviews with John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro, Stuart Gordon, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub and others; and Jon Springer’s The Hagstone Demon, starring Mark (American Movie) Borchardt as an alcoholic writer/caretaker dealing with mysterious deaths in his apartment building.
There will also be screenings »
In an earlier blog entry, I responded to "The Cyber-Horror Elite's Top 50 Horror Films of All Time," posted to Brian Solomon's Vault of Horror blog, which was compiled from the Top 10 lists of "32 cyber-horror notables." A conversation ensued (via blogs, email, private messages, etc), and ultimately I was invited to contribute a Top 10 list towards "The "Cyber-Horror Elite's Top 25 Horror Films of the Modern Era (from 1990 through the present). You can see the end result here: http://thevaultofhorror.blogspot.com/2008/12/cyber-horror-elite-strike-again.html Once again (see my previous blog entry), I referred to Stephen King's Danse Macabre while making my list: "I recognize terror as the finest emotion... and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find I cannot terrify him/her, I will try to horrify; and if I find I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out." This influenced my decision to eliminate films »
Here we are with another dose of Everyone's A Critic, the feature that lets You tell the viewing public what rocks, sucks or just barely passes for entertainment, right here on the front page of Fangoria.com.
The DRofGOREOLOGY is back on duty and this time it's Fetus on the operating table, once again from indie splatter mavens Morbid Vision Films. Will the patient survive the good doctors examination? You'll have to suit up and step into the ER to find out. And remember, as with any review, there are possible spoilers ahead...
Greetings, fellow gorehounds! I am back with a report about another patient from Morbid Vision Films.
Fetus is yet another wet, splattery hit for the company, and was directed by Brian Paulin. I had to watch it twice to make sure I had the right take on it, and let me tell you, the second viewing made it that much better. »
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By John Exshaw
Forty years ago today, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West had its world première in Rome, an event which, it goes without saying, should not be allowed to pass without notice, even though that is precisely what seems to have happened throughout this anniversary year. Whereas 2005 saw the opening of the Once Upon a Time in Italy...: The Westerns of Sergio Leone exhibition at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, followed, in 2006, by commemorative events marking the fortieth anniversary of The Good, the Bad and Ugly, and a season of Italian Westerns at the 2007 Venice film Festival, 2008 has come and (almost) gone with not so much as a screeching train whistle sounded in celebration of what is often called “the greatest Western ever made”.
There was, of course, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The weird and wonderful work of controversial genre filmmaking legend Jesus "Jess" Franco came to my attention via an article in Fangoria, the periodical I currently write for. I was in the late 80's and I was in my early teens and one of my favorite Fango scribes, Tim Lucas, had scribbled a piece based on his intrepid investigations into the serpentine oeuvre of the elusive Eurotrash auteur. It was a fascinating column – the first of an ongoing series that would bleed over into Fango's sister magazine, Gorezone – that attempted to differentiate between authentic "Franco's", those he merely had a hand in creatively and the myriad of none-to-clever forgeries.
Reading Lucas's words was akin to following a sort of cinema obsessed Indiana Jones down a spiraling wormhole of weird movie bliss. It was my first master class in the mind boggling world of vintage international exploitation filmmaking and perhaps more profoundly, »
From classic creatures to modern gore, special effects makeup has always been at the dark heart of movie magic. Now, film fans will go skin deep – and beyond – with Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx, coming from Anchor Bay Entertainment on January 27, 2009. In this Starz Original documentary, viewers will meet the masters of the craft and discover its incredible history.
Directed by filmmaker and visual effects artist Kevin VanHook (Death Row), Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Makeup Efx was lauded as “an enjoyable look at the industry as well as a great nostalgia piece” by IconsofFright.com, while Bloody-disgusting.com said the documentary “offers a unique glimpse behind the lens to a magical place where hardcore film fans who grew up on too many monster movies would love to play.”
From the silent era to today’s blockbuster, this fast-paced documentary examines the techniques, reveals the secrets, and emphasizes »
- Robert Greenberger
Production is gearing up so H2 can be shot starting in March and readied for release in October according to Variety.
“The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, following the aftermath of Michael Myers' murderous rampage through the eyes of the sister he hunted,” said the trade.
Zombie initially told the studio that he wasn’t interested in coming back, despite the remake’s $60 million haul last year.
"I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again," Zombie said. "Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the problem making a movie called Halloween' If you come out Nov. 1 or after, nobody cares. »
- Robert Greenberger
Dimension Films and Rob Zombie are teaming up again for another installment of his reboot of the Halloween series. Zombie will write and direct H2, the sequel to his 2007 remake. Production will begin in March and the film is scheduled for release in October 2009. H2 will continue where Halloween 2007 left off, following the aftermath of Michael Myers’ near-death experience after he went on a killing spree with his estranged sister as its prime target. Instead of following the story John Carpenter, the Halloween series’ original creator, came up with, Zombie made the series his own and treated Myers as a clinical psychopath versus an outright evildoer. The film grossed $60 [...] »
Zombie will once again write and direct and Maled Akkad of Trancas International Films will produce along with Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, Zombie’s long time manager and producing partner. They also sent along the poster and revealed that “H2” will pick up at the exact moment that Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” ended. Read the full press release here and check out the “H2” poster below.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I like Rob Zombie. Any guy that can rock that hard in the '90s then bust out some great horror flicks is A-okay in my book. The best part is that, with all the oddities considered, he seems like you'd be able to talk to him without being stabbed in the eye.
Mr. Zombie will be returning to Haddonfield, Illinois in H2, the sequel to his reinvented take on the John Carpenter slasher classic, Halloween from 2007. Zombie will again be writing and directing the feature that will be due out, hopefully, October of 2009. If he misses that date, don't expect it hit theaters until Halloween 2010.
"I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again," Zombie said. "Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the problem making a movie called 'Halloween': If you come out Nov. 1 or after, »
Q: When is a horror movie not a horror movie?
A: When it was never intended to be a horror movie in the first place.
In the short story anthology Prime Evil, Douglas E. Winter states, "Horror is not a genre, like the mystery or science fiction or the western. It is not a kind of fiction, meant to be confined to the ghetto of a special shelf in libraries or bookstores. Horror is an emotion."
Having been released in the '80s, I think it's time this idea gets a "re-imagining."
It's difficult to support the claim that horror is not a genre. There are obviously common elements that attract some fans and repel others. The question is, "What are those elements?"
It can't simply be the inclusion of a "monster," as there are too many examples of both horror films without monsters (for example, most slasher films), as »
Zombie's 2007 remake of John Carpenter's classic horror film proved a huge hit, grossing $60 million (GBP40 million) at the U.S. box office.
Studio chiefs were keen to tie him down to a sequel, but he vehemently refused, until a break helped him fall in love with the franchise again.
He explains, "I was so burned out, but I took a break, made a record and I got excited again."
Zombie now faces a race against time to have H2 ready to hit cinemas in time for Halloween on 31 October 2009.
He says, "Now we'll be hauling ass. That's the problem with making a movie called Halloween. If you come out on November 1st or after, nobody cares. If it was called anything else, it'd be fine." »
Dimension Films has confirmed that Rob Zombie will write and direct H2, the sequel to 2007's horror remake Halloween. Zombie, who also directed last year's reinvention of the John Carpenter classic, is hoping that the new movie will be ready for release by October 2009. "I was so burned out. But I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again," he told Variety. "Now, we'll be hauling ass, and that's the (more) »
- By Lara Martin
Hollywood is an interesting place where anything can happen. Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween was downright awful. It scored a 25% at RottenTomatoes on its way to a manipulative $58 million at the box-office. It wasn't scary and it had none of the tension John Carpenter's original brought to the table. Everything having to do with the iconic Michael Myers was explained all the way down to what he ate for breakfast as a child, growing up with a stereoptypical white trash family. So who would think to bring Zombie back for the sequel? Why, those madcap execs at Dimension Films is who as Zombie is now officially attached to direct Halloween 2, or H2 as the teaser poster attached to the Variety announcement showcases. Zombie will write and direct H2 with production set to begin in March with the new film picking up right as the first remake ended, following »
- Brad Brevet
Shock Till You Drop broke the news several weeks back, and now it's official! According to a post on Variety, it's been confirmed that Rob Zombie will in fact return to write and direct the sequel to his remake of John Carpenter's classic Halloween, Halloween 2 (going by the title H2)! Shooting begins in March of 2009 with an expected October 2009 release! (Good! Let's skip the August release this time around!) Tyler Mane is back as Michael Myers, and while yet-to-be confirmed, we expect Malcolm McDowell and Scout Taylor-Compton will also be back.
The article says, "Dimension Films and Rob Zombie are teaming for another chapter of "Halloween," and he's racing to scare up the pic for release in October."Zombie will write and direct "H2," the sequel to his 2007 reinvention of the John Carpenter horror classic. Production will begin in March.
The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, »
Rob Zombie is packing up and heading back to Haddonfield for H2, the sequel to his remake of John Carpenter's classic film from 1979. While other horror websites patronized us for reporting the story broke by Shock, it appears the egg is in their face as Zombie will return to both write and direct the sequel to Halloween for Dimension Films. Read on for the official news and full details on the deal. The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, following the aftermath of Michael Myers' murderous rampage through the eyes of the sister he hunted. »
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