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The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. Prom Night is a Canadian slasher film from 1980 that tried to capitalize on the “theme” craze of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Mad Magazine’s sadly never produced Arbor Day, but not even the presence of Jamie Lee Curtis can make it all that worthwhile. The pacing is mostly to blame as it takes far too long for the killings to start — something that would be forgivable if the earlier time was spent giving depth to the characters — and once they do even the deaths are stretched out to ridiculous lengths. Curtis »
- Rob Hunter
What's scarier than an evil clown? How about an evil Gingerclown? Or something like that... Anyway, here's a new movie featuring a grease-painted psycho and Tim Curry. That should be enough to keep you reading.
Terrifying nightmares come to life in the thrill ride Gingerclown, arriving on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand November 11 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, the Gingerclown DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
When a group of high school kids break into an abandoned amusement park, they come to find it is overrun by monsters. A house of horrors reminiscent of It, Gingerclown stars Tim Curry (Charlie's Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), Brad Dourif (Halloween), Michael Winslow (Spaceballs), and Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective).
To impress the football team and the girl of his dreams, Sam dares to enter an old amusement park, »
- Steve Barton
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Directed by: Don Taylor
Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)
I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two, »
I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.
Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »
- Heather Wixson
There have been a few stars over the years who started brightly only to see their career fade and sometimes even plummet. Perhaps one of the best examples of someone looking set to become a regular face at Award shows, particularly during the nominations montage, before falling from grace, was Eric Roberts. In fact one of his earlier films, The Pope of Greenwich Village, saw Roberts star with Mickey Rourke, whose career followed the same trajectory. An early run of solid films with critical acclaim, followed by a lengthy spell largely spent in B-movies, with the occasional more high profile bit part thrown in. Whilst Rourke had a second coming with The Wrestler recently, Roberts is still waiting for such an opportunity, and it’s an opportunity that would be fully deserved.
Before becoming something of a sitcom gag, »
- Gary Collinson
Joseph Maddrey has definitely kept himself busy throughout the last few years. Having written the Excellent “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film” a decade ago, Maddrey didn’t stop to rest before co-writing the Lance Henriksen bio “Not Bad For A Human“, as well as “A Strange Idea of Entertainment: Conversations with Tom McLoughlin“.
In celebration of his most recent book, “Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead“, Maddrey wrote a bit about his Top Ten Stephen King Books, as well as partnering up with Icons of Fright to give one lucky reader a copy of “Beyond Fear” (after the list). So by all means, check out Maddrey’s list and enter the contest, as the book looks to be quite the read!
#10 – Duma Key (2008)
This is the »
- Jerry Smith
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Tom Hardy stars as a construction foreman who's driving to London to attend the birth of his child. You really shouldn't have stressful conversations on your cell while driving, but Ivan (Hardy) doesn't care. He has to make sure his big job tomorrow goes as planned, confess to his wife that he cheated on her with a co-worker, and coaching the aforementioned co-worker through the premature birth of their baby. Yikes.
Why We're In: Hardy is more than capable of commanding the screen for the entirety of the movie. Although you hear other characters' voices, it's all Hardy, all the time. Who could argue with that?
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Love Streams" (Criterion)
- Jenni Miller
In collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are putting "Halloween Horror Nights'" guests in the middle of an epic and primal war between the universe's most deadly species in an all-new, horrifying maze inspired by the cult sci-fi franchise Avp: Alien Vs. Predator, beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.
Avp: Alien Vs. Predator is a sci-fi horror franchise that brings together the two iconic species spawned from two blockbuster films, Alien and Predator, to create a terrifying crossover of eponymous monsters in a raging battle against mankind struggling to survive amid the chaos that ensues from these two vengeful creatures. To mark the 35th anniversary celebration of Alien, and the 10th anniversary of Avp: Alien Vs. Predator, "Halloween Horror Nights" guests and fans of these celebrated films will have a chance to live the horror of these diabolical beasts as they come face to face »
With the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention kicking off later this week, we thought this would be a perfect time to give all you Midwest genre fans a look at all the happenings going down at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (Rosemont, Il) from Friday, August 8th through Sunday, August 10th.
And if you’ll be attending Flashback Weekend, be sure and say hi as Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson will be on hand co-hosting alongside Steve “Capone” Prokopy from Ain’t It Cool News and Wgn Radio’s Nick Digilio, and will also be bringing some horror goodies to share throughout the weekend!
Friday, August 8, 2014
12:00Pm – 8:00Pm Registration Booth Open
3:00Pm – 8:45Pm Dealers room open (Ballrooms 3-5)
4:00Pm – 8:45Pm Celebrity signings (Ballrooms 3-5)
5:00Pm Robert Englund Freddy Krueger Makeup Photo-Ops (Balmoral Room)* Line-up according to your assigned number outside of Balmoral »
- Jonathan James
With the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention just right around the corner, legendary special effects artist Robert Kurtzman recently shared some cool photos of the make-up appliances that he’ll be using next weekend when Robert Englund is transformed into Freddy Krueger one last time.
And for those of you who may have missed the original announcement, Englund will be appearing in full Freddy Krueger make-up for one final time, courtesy of Kurtzman who will be doing the Freddy make-up application himself on Friday, August 8th. Fans in attendance at Flashback Weekend will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Robert Englund in his full Freddy make-up as part of a special photo-op that evening which will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as help benefit the Digital Projector Fund for the Midway Drive-in in Dixon, Illinois.
Later that evening, »
- Heather Wixson
Video Games: The Movie takes a breezy tour of history, but shows mainstream gaming in a less than favourable light, Ryan writes...
There is no propaganda in the Star Wars movies. You don't see posters devoted to praising Emperor Palpatine's benign leadership. You don't see adverts or bill board posters positioning Darth Vader as a wheezing man of the people.
But if you did see propaganda in the Star Wars universe, it might look a little bit like Video Games: The Movie - a slickly-produced, 105-minute hymn to an industry that is itself an all-conquering empire. Valued at approximately $66bn in 2013, gaming is now the most lucrative form of entertainment on the planet - and filmmaker Jeremy Snead's documentary charts the medium's rise with unquestioning fervour, from its bleeping, rudimentary inception in the middle of the 20th century to its technically astonishing achievements in the present.
There are contributions »
Thirty years ago, a killing machine from 2029—assuming the form of an Austrian bodybuilder—arrived with a lethal directive to alter the future. That he certainly did. The Terminator, made for $6.4 million by a couple of young disciples of B-movie king Roger Corman, became one of the defining sci-fi touchstones of all time. Its $38 million gross placed it outside of the top-20 box-office releases for 1984, yet the film grew into a phenomenon, spawning a five-picture franchise that’s taken in $1.4 billion to date and securing a place on the National Film Registry, which dubbed it “among the finest science-fiction films in many decades. »
- Joe McGovern
Jason Momoa is a very talented and diverse actor—not just a really big guy who fights on screen.
In his directorial debut with “Road to Paloma,” Momoa has shown his talent range as an actor, director, writer, producer and even with wardrobe, music and location scout. He did it all.
The film is about an American-Indian outlaw wanted by the authorities for murdering the man who raped his mother. He comes out of hiding to retrieve his mother’s ashes to give her a proper sendoff.
Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with Momoa. We discussed a range of topics including his directorial debut, challenges in production, using his friends on set and his dream film project based on a Hawaiian hero. We didn’t ask him an Aquaman question (he’s not going to »
- Gig Patta
Scream Factory is at it again, with the announcement of special features/release info for their upcoming (September 9th) Pumpkinhead collector’s edition Bluray. The 1988 practical effects-filled film directed by effects legend Stan Winston is a favorite among horror fans, and it looks to be yet another title given that Scream Factory attention, full of awesome new special features and boating some impressive new artwork from artist Justin Osbourne. I’m excited as ever for this one, what do you fright fanatics think?
“When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about »
- Jerry Smith
Right at the tippy top of my list of most anticipated 2014 home video releases is Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Pumpkinhead Blu-ray, which has just been dated for September 9th.
Read on for a full listing of the disc's bonus features, including brand new material never before featured on previous releases!
From the Press Release
Scream Factory has announced a September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.
When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed »
- John Squires
Scream Factory has announced an September 9th Blu-ray release of the cult creature feature classic Pumpkinhead. Special features have been unveiled as well and the late, great Stan Winston is going to be paid tribute. Check out the list of bonus content below which includes newly-produced features and stuff imported from the previously-released special edition. When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust.
- Ryan Turek
Scream Factory has officially announced their Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead. Due out in September, we have a look at the final cover art and list of bonus features, including new content that was created specifically for this release:
“Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory has announced an September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.
When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks it’s slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection »
- Jonathan James
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
When I first started working on the Stan Winston Week series, the only real hopes I had were that I would be able to get a few cool interviews with some hugely talented folks for our readers to enjoy and put together a series that was worthy of Winston and his legendary talent and vision. What I didn’t expect was that, throughout the interview process, I’d be privy to so many incredibly touching and personal stories about Winston and how even the littlest things that he did in his career ended up having a huge impact on the special effects industry.
For award-winning special effects artist Howard Berger, the influence Stan would have over his life and career, began at a very early age. “I first met Stan when I was 12-years-old. I was living up in Northridge at the time and I was only about three miles »
- Heather Wixson
Did you Lance Henriksen is part of the cast of The Strain? Yes, when the show begins this Sunday night on FX you won't be seeing then veteran genre actor who has starred in films like Aliens, Pumpkinhead and the upcoming Harbinger Down, but you will certainly hear him. Similar to the work he contributed to in the When a Stranger Calls remake and various video games and cartoons, he's lending his recognizable vocal talents to Guillermo del Toro's horror series. The series doesn't even appear on the actor's IMDb page, strangely enough. But he is a participant and I had a chance to ask Del Toro about Henriksen's vocal contributions as "The Master" (the show's big bad).
- Ryan Turek
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