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By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay the famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival.
After screening feature films both old and new and hosting special guests galore in their first two years, the third annual Stanley Film Festival is quickly approaching, and we're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers.
Today, we have the first details on the special experiences and events that will be taking place during all four days of the festival, including musical acts, scare zones, trivia, and a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
- Jonathan James
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Big Spoiler Alert.
You might be on the train on your way to work, or absorbed in your weekly grocery shopping. You and your friends might be queuing to go on a theme park ride, or even simply walking your dog in the park. Suddenly you have the funniest feeling that something isn’t quite right. You glance around, see nothing strange, and shake the feeling off. You don’t realise it, but there’s one of them near you. Skirting the hedges of the grass, sat in the seat on the train opposite you, screaming wildly as you go on a loop-the-loop. They’re everywhere, and you can’t escape them.
We are the Stephen King fans who have supported our favourite author through years of imaginative and compelling story writing. We are the people who cry with joy whenever Amazon releases the pre-order option for his up-and-coming book. »
- Rachel Bailey
1. The Shining (1980)
Back in 1980 legendary director Stanley Kubrick unleashed his iconic horror effort ‘The Shining’. Based on the novel by Stephen King, with plenty of artistic license being taken, the movie was yet another fine example of this director’s absolute mastery in being able to work and direct movies from different genres. Full of terrifying iconic imagery and sequences such as the twins in the hallway, the hag in the bath, the blood-letting elevators and of course the axe-wielding Jack Nicholson’s much parodied entrance through the bathroom door.
2. Psycho (1960)
Alfred Hitchcock’s classic slasher movie ‘Psycho’ is arguably one of the most influential horrors of all time. Another literary adaptation the movie was as shocking as it was successful especially considering its release 55 years ago. The movie was particularly highlighted by the surprising early demise of the apparent leading lady in the iconic shower scene and the even more unexpected finale. »
- Phil Wheat
For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the town's Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay Estes Park and its famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival.
After screening feature films both old and new and hosting special guests galore in their first two years, the Stanley Film Festival is approaching once again, and we're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and other special opportunities for Daily Dead readers.
We've been told to keep an eye out for a full list of events and screenings next week, but, until then, we're giving two lucky Daily Dead readers a pair of Horror Marathon passes for the festival.
"Set at the notoriously haunted and historic Stanley Hotel, inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining, »
- Derek Anderson
It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.
- Derek Anderson
According to Cinelinx via /Film, a live-action Star Wars television show is secretly in development which will use the same sets constructed at Pinewood Studios in London. Reportedly, the show is in a holding pattern until the new Star Wars trilogy and the Star Wars spinoff films are all mapped out. The television show would then shoot between films, when Pinewood and the Star Wars sets were available. This plan is sounds fairly similar to Ron Howard's plan for a live-action adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower book series. This would not be the first time a live-action Star Wars TV show was in the development stage. Prior to Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm, George Lucas tried in vain to get a live-action Star Wars television program of the ground to no avail. Following Disney's purchase, ABC (owned by Disney) president Paul Lee stated that a Star Wars »
Welcome to the March 19, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: Ellen DeGeneres is on board with Elton John's Dolce and Gabbana boycott while Zoe Saldana...isn't, apparently. "No! Not at all," she told E! News on the GLAAD Awards red carpet when asked if she would be boycotting the designers after the two came out against gay adoption and in vitro fertilization in an interview with Italian magazine Panorama. "That would be the stupidest thing if it affected my fashion choice...People are allowed to their own opinion, however, I wouldn't have chosen to be so public about something that's such a personal thing." The "Avatar" actress added later: "Obviously it caused some sensitivity, but then again if you continue to follow the news, you see they all kinda hugged it out, so why »
- Chris Eggertsen
Hulu is getting into the Jason Katims business — and vice versa — by ordering straight to series The Way, a 10-episode drama about a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement, and its struggles with relationships, marriage and power.
The series marks the Parenthood/Friday Night Lights showrunner’s first non-network project. Parenthood scribe/producer Jessica Goldberg will write and exec-produce The Way, along with Katims and Michelle Lee.
Jason Katims is the latest A-list showrunner to set up shop at a digital outlet. Hulu has given a series order to “The Way,” a Universal TV drama about a family at the center of a controversial faith-based movement.
Goldberg previously worked with Katims on “Parenthood,” the NBC family drama that wrapped its six-season run in January. Katims is also showrunner of the NBC comedy “About a Boy,” which is iffy for a third season renewal.
“Way” is billed as a “controversial, dangerous and thrilling world” with a family wrapped up in a faith movement and “struggling with relationships, marriage and power.”
Hulu’s Svod service has been slower out of the gate on the original content front than rivals Netflix and Amazon. »
- Cynthia Littleton
Aside from a lot of basketball, I didn't watch a lot this week other than attending a screening of Insurgent and I watched Backcountry on a screener and will be reviewing soon enough. Other than reading, I did finish Nick Cutter's "The Deep" recently and if you're a fan of early Stephen King and John Carpenter's The Thing, then I definitely recommend you pick it up. You'll love it. Recently I started reading Dennis Lehane's "The Given Day" and I really love Lehane's writing, he sets a scene and drops you smack dab in the middle of it. This week I have a screening Get Hard on Monday and I might check out Home on Tuesday, but I can guarantee you it will be all about basketball once again come next Thursday and all day tomorrow. Now... what did you watchc »
- Brad Brevet
We’re going to go through a Half-life Marathon. Every official computer Half-life game is going to be hypothesized, analyzed, and thoroughly tested. So let’s start with the game that started it all: Half-life.
For those of you who were either too young or never got around to playing it, Half-life is pretty simple to understand from a distance. You play as Gordon, a young physicist working for research facility Black Mesa. An experiment goes horribly wrong, opening a rift to an alien world and sending terrifying monsters into Black Mesa. Now Gordon Freeman must fight his way through aliens, marines, and a hazardous facility as he finds a way to stop the world of Xen from intruding on Earth in a puzzle-fps game.
That’s all there is to it. »
- Andrew Hudson
Wolfcop, the highly entertaining new horror comedy from filmmaker Lowell Dean, has just slashed its way on to DVD – so I figured this was the perfect time to highlight some of the other great lycanthrope films out there. If you’re ready to bark at the moon, or just like finding opportunities to drop the word “lycanthropy” into casual conversation, then these films are guaranteed to please. Silver Bullet Corey Haim and Gary Busey headline this 1985 feature, which was based on a Stephen King novella titled Cycle of the Werewolf. The small town of Tarker’s Mills has a murderer walking amongst them in King’s tale, but the killer isn’t a man – it’s a vicious werewolf with a taste for people. Haim plays a paraplegic...
- Mike Bracken
Norman Bates and the resurrected people of The Returned could be getting more company in the growing horror community on A&E, as the network is developing a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that A&E is collaborating with Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf showrunner) and Brandon Boyce (who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's Apt Pupil and also played Dr. Vandenburg in Teen Wolf) on the adaptation of the 2004 novel, Let the Right One In, aka Låt den rätte komma in, with both Davis and Boyce set to scribe the script.
A&E and Showtime were both looking to adapt the vampiric coming-of-age story, with the former outbidding the latter in the end and gaining the optioned story from Hammer Films Productions.
A&E is currently developing the series in-house along with Tomorrow Studios. »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill, recently attended a special advance screening of Guillermo del Toro’s new film Crimson Peak, and they’ve weighed in with their verdicts. Hint: It’s frighteningly good! Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
One of the most anticipated genre films of the year has to be Guillermo del Toro's take on romantic gothic horror with "Crimson Peak," a spin on classic films of the genre like "Jane Eyre," "Rebecca," and "The Innocents".
Though it's not debuting until mid-October, the filmmaker reportedly is almost finished crafting the film and apparently has a version ready that's good enough to show off.
Two of the few who have gotten to see this early version have been horror author Stephen King and his son and author in his own right Joe Hill. The pair have posted their reactions on social media which you can see below:
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) March 15, 2015
Remember that list I tweeted the other day, the 13 most beautiful horror films. Crimson Peak is the most beautiful of all. »
- Garth Franklin
So far we've only seen a teaser trailer and some first look photos from Guillermo del Toro's anticipated gothic horror flick Crimson Peak. We don't have much to go on yet, but it looks pretty damn creepy, the kind of horror film that usually doesn't get made anymore. And now we have an idea of just how scary it might be. It seems del Toro had an early screening of his film and shared it with some of his friends in the horror business, specifically the master of suspense Stephen King, and he had some exciting praise for the film. Also in attendance and saying kinds words was King's son Joe Hill, also a respected horror writer. Here's what Stephen King had to say about Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak from Twitter: Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro's new movie, Crimson Peak, this weekend. »
- Ethan Anderton
Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak" horror film, starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam, is set to hit theaters on October 16th. But today we have the first reactions to the film from horror authors Stephen King and his son Joe Hill, who were treated to an early screening. "Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro's new movie, Crimson Peak, this weekend. Gorgeous and just f*cking terrifying," King wrote on his Twitter page. "Crimson Peak electrified me in the same way Sam Rami's Evil Dead electrified me when I saw it for the first time way back in the day." Hill added: "Remember that list I tweeted the other day, the 13 most beautiful horror films. Crimson Peak is the most beautiful of all. Crimson Peak is Del Toro's blood-soaked Age Of Innocence, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne Du Maurier territory." »
The King of Horror has opened up on one of the most anticipated films of the year, and his high praise has only given us more to look forward to. When you're a world renowned horror author with an incredible cult-following, your opinions matter. So when Guillermo del Toro gave Stephen King a first look at his upcoming film, Crimson Peak the author.s reaction was sure to put some weight on how the film was received. And from the King.s response, it looks like we.re in for a real treat with this horrifying flick. Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro's new movie, Crimson Peak, this weekend. Gorgeous and just fucking terrifying.. Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015 And King didn.t stop there either. Just the phrase .fucking terrifying. would be welcomed praise from the best-selling author. But, the film touched King so much so »
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