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‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ Turns 40 and Demands a Re-Watch

22 November 2015 12:50 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As a teenager, you probably wouldn’t expect to come home after a night out with friends to your parents enthusiastically holding up a Netflix copy of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, insisting that you watch it with them at that very moment. Indeed, it’s something that can happen. Seeing that film in my vulnerable teenage years certainly left an impression. As a budding movie addict, it contributed deeply to my quest to watch great films, classics as they can be called. As a person, it made me realize the complexities of human nature and how fragile the mind is. My teenage self did recognize its power then to an extent, but re-watching it now so close to its 40th anniversary brings up a lot of new emotions.

Based on the book by Ken Kesey and directed by Milos Forman (Amadeus, Man on the Moon), One Flew »

- Sarah Pearce Lord

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How Cuckoo's Nest swept the Oscars and the 5 films that came close

20 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

On the surface, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s 1975 release seems like an exercise in perfect timing. An incredible cast, expert direction and instant-classic source material make the film seem like the kind of project that nowadays goes from page to screen in a matter of months.

However, as the film celebrates its 40th anniversary, it remains a stunning combination of luck and endurance.

True, Jack Nicholson was the perfect candidate to play Randle McMurphy. His manic magnetism made him the perfect actor to overtake a mental hospital like a whirlwind. The same goes for Louise Fletcher, who – though inexperienced on the big screen – proved a revelation as the icy-blooded Nurse Ratched. Veteran Czech director Milos Forman had also made some of the finest European films of the 1960s and would use the film to help launch a long Hollywood career that eventually brought him around to films »

- Shane McNeil

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Hidden Agenda | Blu-ray Review

10 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Shortly before news broke of British auteur Ken Loach’s latest production (a surprise since his 2014 title Jimmy’s Hall was intended to be his last film) his 1990 film Hidden Agenda received a Blu-ray release. An interesting footnote in Loach’s extensive filmography, the film is a definite departure from a director whose work is usually invested in portraits of British Socialist realism. Sandwiched between 1986’s Fatherland (a co-production with West Germany, also seeing a Blu-ray release this November courtesy of Twilight Time) and 1991’s Riff-Raff, Loach tried his hand at a political thriller based on actual events. It took home the Jury Prize at that year’s Cannes Film Festival (of the many times Loach has competed for the Palme d’Or, he’s won this particular distinction three times, and the Palme itself in 2006) and caused a significant furor in the UK thanks to its blunt references to »

- Nicholas Bell

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25 Great Horror Movies for Halloween

31 October 2015 4:41 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.

First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions: 

Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »

- (Rob Young)

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200 Greatest Horror Films (140-131)

15 October 2015 11:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by Dario Argento

Screenplay by Dario Argento

1970, Italy

Genre: Giallo

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Blu-ray Release Dates for The Serpent And The Rainbow and The Guardian

15 October 2015 10:16 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With Halloween right around the corner, the folks at Scream Factory already have their sights set on the new year with January Blu-ray release dates set for Wes Craven's The Serpent and the RainbowWilliam Friedkin's The Guardian, and more.

Scream Factory will release The Serpent and the Rainbow Collector's Edition Blu-ray (originally scheduled to come out this past summer) on January 26th. The company has also slated The Guardian Blu-ray for a January 19th debut and set a January 26th release date for the James Spader-starring Jack's Back Blu-ray / DVD.

Also coming out on Blu-ray in January from the diligent distributor is 1989's Sonny Boy (January 26th) and a double feature of The House Where Evil Dwells and Ghost Warrior (January 5th).

Due out next spring is the Blu-ray debut of 2000's Cherry Falls. Official details and a look at the »

- Derek Anderson

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Review: "Mississippi Burning" (1988) Starring Gene Hackman And Willem Dafoe; UK Blu-ray Release From Second Sight

13 October 2015 3:36 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Diane Rodgers 

“What’s got four eyes and can’t see?...  Mississippi!”, quips Gene Hackman as FBI Agent Anderson in Alan Parker’s Mississippi Burning, a cynical joke about racist attitudes of the backward-looking American south.  This heavyweight dramatic crime thriller, based on one of the most notorious race-related murder investigations in U.S. history, gets its first ever UK Blu-ray release courtesy of Second Sight.

Set in 1964, endemic racism and race-related violence throughout the southern states is scrutinised to an uncomfortably realistic degree, as Roger Ebert wrote: “More than any other film… this one gets inside the passion of race relations in America”; the film understands and explains events, whilst Parker’s direction criticises and highlights prejudice without undue sensationalism.    The plot revolves around the historical events related to the murders of three civil rights activists (two white and one black) who go missing deep in the heart of Ku Klux Klan territory. »

- (Cinema Retro)

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl star Bel Powley to headline Wildling

6 October 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rising British actress Bel Powley has signed on to star in director Fritz Bohm’s new film Wildling, which will see her star alongside Liv Tyler, Deadline reports.

Powley shot to fame this year with her star-making turn in hit indie comedy-drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, as well as earning acclaim for her roles in A Royal Night Out and the upcoming Equals alongside Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.

Wilding is described as a “vampire pic in the vein of Let The Right One In” and sees Powley as a young girl whose father (Brad Dourif) tells her of the horrors of the outside and “a creature known as Wilding, who is eating children.”

Tyler (The Lord of the Rings) is co-producing the film alongside Trudie Styler and her Maven Pictures.

At age 16, Anna is freed by small-town sheriff Ellen Champney (Tyler) with whom she finds a temporary home. »

- Scott J. Davis

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Let the Teenage Girl In: Bel Powley Toplines Friedrich Böhm’s “Wildling”

6 October 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sundance’s 2015 breakout starlet Bel Powley (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) is bringing her star wattage to Wildling, an indie project dewscribed as an “elevated horror tale in the vein of vampire pic Let The Right One In” is set to begin filming at the end of the month. Deadline reports that Liv Tyler will co-produce and co-star as well. Brad Dourif and James LeGros complete the line-up. Maven PicturesCeline Rattray, Trudie Styler and Charlotte Ubben are producing.

Gist: Co-written by Böhm, Florian Eder and David C. Palmer, this centers on young Anna (Powley), who spends her entire childhood in a single room under the care of a mysterious man (Dourif) she only knows as “Daddy.” He makes her fear the “Outside” by telling her of the “Wildling,” a creature with sharp teeth and claws who roams about eating little children. At age 16, Anna is freed by small-town »

- Eric Lavallee

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Bel Powley Joins Wilding

5 October 2015 7:21 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In demand since her breakout role in Marielle Heller’s The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, Bel Powley is headed into the horror genre for the story of an urban legend that might be a little more real than people think. She’s joined the cast of Wilding.Fritz Bohm is directing the film from a script he wrote with Florian Eder and David C. Palmer. The story follows Anna (Powley), a young woman who spends her youth confined to a single room by a man she calls “Daddy” (Brad Dourif). He makes sure she doesn’t leave by telling her terrible tales of the outside world, and especially of the Wilding, a creature who roams the forest hunting and eating children. When she’s freed at the age of 16 by a local sheriff (Liv Tyler), she begins to experience what she’s missed all these years, and discovers that »

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Child’s Play: Ranking The Films From Worst To Best

5 October 2015 6:04 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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For nearly three decades, Chucky has held onto his spot in horror history in spite of a journey that’s led his series through wildly different tonal shifts and from theatrical releases into the direct-to-video market. And while the character has only been in six films, he’s no less a recognizable horror icon than some of his other genre companions, like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.

Small in size but large in life thanks to Brad Dourif’s ongoing work in the role, Chucky and his series have managed to survive what nearly all of his contemporaries have not: The reboot. After nearly a decade of rumors and talks, the Child’s Play franchise sidestepped a relaunch with the release of Curse of Chucky in 2013, a sequel which took the series back to its horror roots and proved popular enough to show that there »

- Geoff Cox

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Is A Deadwood Movie Finally Happening?

13 August 2015 7:41 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

David Milch's extraordinarily sweary HBO Western series Deadwood was abruptly cancelled after three seasons in 2006, meaning it never got to conclude its story. In the aftermath, there was some talk of a couple of TV-movies to wrap up the threads of the tale left to tell. They never materialised, but now, suddenly, there's word of more Deadwood once again. HBO have confirmed that "very preliminary discussions" are taking place.Milch’s superb show took the real history and many genuine characters from the South Dakota territories of the 1870s, and crafted a narrative that was riveting, brutal, often hilarious and always astonishingly written. In a nutshell, it revolved around new arrival to the town Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant), who started out a hardware store owner and ended up the sheriff; Al Swearingen (Ian McShane), the shifty bar owner who unofficially ran the town; and Alma Garrett (Molly Parker), a »

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HBO Comments On "Deadwood" Film Claims

13 August 2015 2:11 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Social media comments earlier today led to some excitement regarding the potential return of one of HBO's most iconic series - the western drama "Deadwood".

Actor Garret Dillahunt, who played Jack McCall in the show's first season and Francis Wolcott in the second, sent out some tweets suggesting the long in the works but unlikely film continuation of the series had suddenly seen some movement after years of essentially nothing.

So uh....I'm hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray

Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) August 13, 2015

Come on made @entouragemovie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure. #Youcandoit.

Garret Dillahunt (@garretdillahunt) August 13, 2015

That wasn't all though. TV Line added that HBO is in negotiations with David Milch for a movie that will wrap up the story line. The report didn't say if the film would be a telemovie or a full on theatrical release.

HBO has now responded to Dillahunt's tweets, »

- Garth Franklin

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'Deadwood' Movie to Finally Wrap-Up HBO Series?

12 August 2015 9:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nine years ago this month, HBO's hit series Deadwood aired its last episode after just three seasons on the air. Ever since then, fans have been clamoring for the show to return in some form, with series star Kim Dickens saying last year that Deadwood creator David Milch still wants to give the beloved Western series a proper ending. Earlier today, star Garret Dillahunt told his Twitter followers that he's heard rumors of a Deadwood movie. Here's what the actor had to say on his Twitter page.

"So uh....I'm hearing credible rumors about a #Deadwood movie. #Everybodypray. Come on made @entouragemovie. Give the #Deadwood fans some closure. #Youcandoit."

TV Line also reports that HBO is actually in negotiations with David Milch for a movie that will wrap up the story line, though it is not stated whether or not this will be a movie that airs on HBO or in theaters, »

- MovieWeb

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Why You Should Revisit Faye Dunaway's Kinky Giallo 'Eyes of Laura Mars'

3 August 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Irvin Kershner’s stylish thriller is reminiscent in more ways than one of Mario Bava’s 1964 giallo, "Blood and Black Lace"; each film contrasts the glamorous world of high fashion with the lurid crime spree of a brutal serial killer. As the fashion photographer whose sadistic photo spreads resemble crime scenes, Faye Dunaway begins to experience visions of real-life murders, including her own. Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Dourif co-star and John Carpenter co-wrote the script (from his own story) with David Goodman. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Eyes of Laura Mars

2 August 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Director Irvin Kershner’s stylish thriller is reminiscent in more ways than one of Mario Bava’s 1964 giallo, Blood and Black Lace; each film contrasts the glamorous world of high fashion with the lurid crime spree of a brutal serial killer. As the fashion photographer whose sadistic photo spreads resemble crime scenes, Faye Dunaway begins to experience visions of real-life murders, including her own. Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Dourif co-star and John Carpenter co-wrote the script (from his own story) with David Goodman.


- TFH Team

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Jovy Skol’s Ten Best Opening Kills In Horror

2 July 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Alfred Hitchcock shocked audiences in 1960 with his black and white classic Psycho when he decided to kill of leading lady Janet Leigh in the first 45 minutes. Her death scene was considered brutal and almost pornographic in the standards of that day, but Hitchcock didn’t care. He wanted to scare and take you by surprise. Since then, many films have successfully utilized this technique of opening their films with murder and here some that had me hooked.




Definitely one of the most famous scenes in horror story, the original 1978 classic opens with a Pov scene of a mysterious voyeur. We watch through his eyes as two teenagers make out while he grabs a huge knife and mask, waits for the boyfriend to leave and makes his way upstairs. He finds the girl in just her underwear, combing her hair unaware that she’s about to be stabbed to death. »

- Jovy Skol

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100 Essential Action Scenes: Battles & Combat

9 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.

Whether storming a beach or a besieging castle, marching on foot or charging on horseback, in a historical epic or a fantasy extravaganza, battles scenes are some of the most complex and intricately choreographed of all action scenes. Capable of zooming in to a one-on-one fight between two foes or zooming out to show a big picture look at the action–and featuring anywhere from dozens to hundreds to thousands of extras, either flesh and blood or digital–these are the scenes in which wars are fought, tides are turned, and glory is won. »

- Shane Ramirez

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Joel McHale Is Cast In The X Files, Confirming The Re-Boot Is Getting It Right

4 June 2015 4:37 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Over the course of its 202 episodes, The X Files attracted many notable guest stars. Some appeared before they hit the big time (Ryan Reynolds, Jack Black, Seth Green, Felicity Huffman, Shia Labeouf, James Franco, Jane Lynch, Bradley Whitford, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Luke Wilson, Grant Heslov, Giovanni Ribisi and Titus Welliver), while many appearances were made by people who were already legends in their own fields, with talented performers such as Lily Tomlin, Ed Asner, Michael McKean, Peter Boyle, Gary Shandling, Lance Henriksen, Roy Thinnes, Veronica Cartwright, Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman, Brad Dourif, Kathy Griffin and Ricky Jay providing some of the show’s most memorable moments. With six new episodes about to shoot for a limited series event, that prestigious list of guest stars is already expanding, with Joel McHale being the latest addition.

The plot of the brief new series remains unknown, but Deadline is reporting »

- Sarah Myles

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Texas Frightmare Weekend Haunts Dallas, TX This Weekend

28 April 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The beginning of May every year means one thing to me and thousands of other horror fanatics around the world. For the past ten years, it’s meant we’ve arrived at another annual Texas Frightmare Weekend. It’s the only event in the Lone Star State that brings together genre actors and artists that we not only grew up watching but are still enjoying on the silver screen and television. 2015’s convention lineup is no different as we welcome actors from Scream, The Craft, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, and Phantasm to name a few. The terrifying fun kicks off this coming Friday, May 1st at the Hyatt Regency located on the grounds of the Dfw Airport.

I’ve attended Texas Frightmare Weekend for the past few years and only regrettably missed it once. It’s one of the best conventions in the South. All the celebrity guests are »

- (Eric Shirey)

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