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The Final Years of King Baggot – From the ‘King of the Movies’ to Bit Player

20 September 2016 2:45 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here

Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.

King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity. »

- Tom Stockman

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September 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Conjuring 2 and Raising Cain

12 September 2016 7:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

September 13th boasts over 30 horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, so I hope you guys have been saving up, because there are a lot of great choices to spend your money on this week. The highly anticipated 30th Anniversary Edition of Aliens comes home this week courtesy of 20th Century Fox, and if you are a big fan of James Wan’s latest sequel, you’ll undoubtedly want to pick up The Conjuring on Blu-ray or DVD this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is keeping busy this Tuesday with two Universal Monster collections celebrating Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, and Scream Factory’s Raising Cain Blu-ray arrives this week, too. Also, if you happened to miss the special edition of the giallo classic Tenebrae earlier this year, Synapse Films is putting out a basic Blu that fans will definitely want to nab (as a proud owner of the Collector’s Edition, »

- Heather Wixson

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

3 September 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly »

- Scott Drebit

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The Fovc Guide To The Drive-in Movie Part 3: Drive-in Movie Movies

21 August 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

11 Drive-in Movie Movies (in alphabetical order):

Blue Thunder (1983) One key sequence in this thriller about a high-tech urban surveillance helicopter is staged (during the daylight hours) at the Pickwick Drive-in in Burbank, California, which was razed in 1990. The Pickwick, due to its proximity to the local movie studios, hosted many movie premieres, most famously that of Blazing Saddles in 1974, for which everyone in attendance was on horseback.

Brokeback Mountain (2005) In one scene after his return from Brokeback Mountain, Ennis (Heath Ledger) takes his wife Alma (Michelle Williams) on a date to a drive-in movie theater, which is lovingly (if briefly) recreated in the film. And it’s a very effective moment of movie magic too—the scene wasn’t filmed at a drive-in at all, but instead a converted softball field in Alberta, Canada.

Cars (2006) During the end credits, the cars are shown at the drive-in cinema enjoying parodies »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Q&A: Mark Steger Discusses Bringing The Monster to Life on Netflix’s Stranger Things

20 August 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If your summer this year will forever be synonymous with Netflix’s Stranger Things, then you’ve discovered the wonders and dangers that lurk within the small town of Hawkins on the nostalgic new series. For our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Mark Steger, the actor who plays The Monster on Stranger Things, to discuss what attracted him to the role, getting into the mindset of the creepy creature, the films that influenced his performance, and much more.

Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Mark, and congratulations on your excellent work on Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Mark Steger: Thank you, I’m glad it’s resonated with so many people.

How did you prepare—mentally and physically—to portray The Monster on the series?

Mark Steger: In my work, I’m was always driving my body to transformed states and »

- Derek Anderson

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

13 August 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the 1950s, independent film was just as keen to stick its nose in the atomic blender as the Hollywood big boys. Of course, budget restrictions frequently left most of the monsters wanting, be they big or small. But sometimes a shot of quirk was enough to stand apart from the Tinseltown terrors. I give you Fiend Without a Face (1958), a low budget romp content with showing less until it has to show it all, with giddy results.

Produced by British company Amalgamated Productions and distributed by MGM (in the States), Fiend was sent out on a double bill with The Haunted Strangler, a Boris Karloff vehicle. With a combined budget of 130,000 pounds, the double feature brought in domestic and international receipts of over $ 650,000 dollars, filmic diplomacy at its finest.

Filmed in Britain but taking place in Winthrop (?), Manitoba, Canada (never heard of the town, and if I haven’t drank in it, »

- Scott Drebit

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Chandu the Magician

9 August 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Hissable villain Bela Lugosi is in denial --- no, it's actually star Edmund Lowe who is in the Nile, deep-sixed in a sunken sarcophagus. Lugosi's up top trying to get his art deco death ray in running order -- opposed only by some nubile babes and a Great White Hypnotist from the Swami school of mind control. Chandu the Magician Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1932 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 71 min. / Street Date August 23, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Edmund Lowe, Irene Ware, Bela Lugosi, Herbert Mundin, Henry B. Walthall, Weldon Heyburn, June Lang, Michael Stuart, Virginia Hammond. Cinematography James Wong Howe Art Direction Max Parker Written by Barry Conners, Philip Klein, Guy Bolton, Bradley King, Harry Segall from a radio drama by Harry A. Earnshaw, Vera M. Oldham, R.R. Morgan Directed by William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Around 2008 Fox Home Video made a last big push with genre releases on DVD, »

- Glenn Erickson

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Guillermo del Toro Interview: ‘At Home with Monsters’ and That Missing Sketchbook – Exclusive

8 August 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“There’s a love in the marvelous that intertwines in all my projects.” —Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein

“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”

 

Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”

Culled by Lacma curator Britt Salvesen from Del Toro’s extensive and eclectic home collection, which he calls Bleak House (after Charles Dickens »

- Anne Thompson

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Guillermo del Toro Interview: ‘At Home with Monsters’ and That Missing Sketchbook – Exclusive

8 August 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“There’s a love in the marvelous that intertwines in all my projects.” —Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein

“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”

 

Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”

Culled by Lacma curator Britt Salvesen from Del Toro’s extensive and eclectic home collection, which he calls Bleak House (after Charles Dickens »

- Anne Thompson

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Universal to Release Frankenstein and The Wolf Man Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays

4 August 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Two of the most iconic Universal movie monsters will be celebrated in Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays due out on September 13th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Containing several discs and packed with multiple films and plenty of bonus features, both The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray and Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays are priced at $29.72 apiece. We have each release’s bonus features and a look at their cover art:

The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray details (via Amazon): “The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the »

- Derek Anderson

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The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s Lacma Exhibit

30 July 2016 5:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to co-organizing museums in Minneapolis and Ontario next year. Containing almost 600 eerie objects from the filmmaker’s private collection — including sculptures, paintings, costumes and books — the exhibition reflects his lifelong obsession with monsters.  

“You can see my movies over and over again, and you will see that I adore monsters. I absolutely love them,” del Toro said at Saturday’s preview, adding “I think humans are pretty repulsive!”

Though he doesn’t consider himself a horror filmmaker these days, del Toro’s Lacma exhibit is filled with the type of ghoulish artifacts most often associated with a Fangoria convention. »

- Matthew Chernov

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Cartoonist Jack Davis dies at age 91

29 July 2016 8:39 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

So, wise reader, you may have heard of the passing of this giant in the world of cartooning, and are now wondering what he has to do with the world of motion pictures. Well, Mr. Davis did have one screen credit, which we’ll discuss in a bit. No, more importantly John Burton “Jack” Davis, Jr. has added to the fun, or to use an old term “ballyhoo”, of promoting movies for well over fifty years. It’s difficult not to think of his work when recalling so many classic films.

First, a little bio background. He was born on December 2, 1924 in Atlanta Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Jack landed several cartooning gigs including a stint with the newspaper comic strip based ion the classic character “The Saint”. Then in 1950 he joined the staff of the legendary comics publishing company Entertaining Comics (EC). Jack produced amazing art »

- Jim Batts

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Watch: Tour of Guillermo del Toro’s “Bleak House” Verifies the Director’s Love of Cinema

28 July 2016 12:14 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Director Guillermo del Toro is undeniably one of the most gleefully geeky directors working in Hollywood. His love of horror, fantasy, and the history of cinema blends effortlessly into his works, just as his painstaking attention to detail demonstrates his true care for the world of movies. Andy Richter of the Conan O’Brien Show recently visited the Pan’s Labyrinth director’s wondrous and bizarre “Bleak House,” more akin in many ways to a museum than a humble abode.

From a massive Boris Karloff head as Frankstein’s Monster greeting guests in the foyer to incredibly detailed, life-sized recreations of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen poe in the den, del Toro’s locale proves the director’s inspirations (and creations) are truly dear to him. See the full tour below, with a countless number of classic cinematic artifacts and recreations — along with Andy’s cameraman accidentally breaking an object. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Javier Bardem to Play Frankenstein’s Monster in Universal’s New Monsters Universe?

11 July 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Another actor could be joining Universal’s monster mash, as it’s being reported that Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) could potentially play Frankenstein’s monster.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bardem is in early discussions to portray Frankenstein in Universal’s new monsters universe. It’s not yet known if Bardem would play Dr. Frankenstein or the scientist’s resurrected monster, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details.

THR also reveals that a standalone Frankenstein film—other than the Bride of Frankenstein movie that’s in the works—isn’t exactly around the corner. Since Bardem is in talks to play the iconic character in the overall rebooted Universal Monsters cinematic universe rather than a Frankenstein film, the actor would likely first appear in another monster’s movie before getting his name on the marquee.

Filming is nearly finished on The Mummy, »

- Derek Anderson

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Universal's Monster reboots may have just bagged another A-list star

11 July 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The A-list cast roster for these Universal Monster reboots just keep growing. Today’s addition: Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem. The Skyfall star is “in talks” to play “Frankenstein” in the studio’s planned Marvel Cinematic Universe-style series of films, according to Variety, though the trade doesn’t specify whether the role in question is that of Dr. Victor Frankenstein -- the man who creates the flat-topped monster originally played by Boris Karloff -- or the creature himself. My guess would be the latter, given that the Monster is the more iconic role. Karloff’s performance is by far the most-remembered element of the original movies. Variety also isn’t clear which film in the interconnected franchise Frankenstein/The Monster would first appear in, citing unnamed “sources” who claim the character(s) will show up in a non-Frankenstein film prior to toplining their own movie (Bride of Frankenstein is currently »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘The Mummy’ Photos: Sofia Boutella as the Sexualized Monster in Universal’s Tom Cruise–Starring Reboot

11 July 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like just about every other franchise, “The Mummy” is in the process of being rebooted as part of a shared universe. Tom Cruise is headlining the new series, which differs from the Brendan Fraser–led trilogy in that it’s set in the present day, with Sofia Boutella as the eponymous monster. Set photos from the film’s shoot in London reveal an early look at her version of the character.

Read More: ‘Kingsman’ Star Sofia Boutella Will Play Title Monster In ‘The Mummy,’ Tom Cruise In Negotiations To Join

Boutella, who previously appeared in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and will next be seen in this month’s “Star Trek Beyond,” is preceded by the likes of Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler and Arnold Vosloo. Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe all star in the film as well, with Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — part of »

- Michael Nordine

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Review: "Nightmares" (1983) Starring Cristina Raines, Lance Henrikson And Emilio Estevez; Blu-ray Special Edition

10 July 2016 3:07 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

By the early 1970s there had been a revival of interest in the format of anthology suspense/horror stories. This genre had been all the rage in the late 1950s and early 1960s with shows like "The Twilight Zone", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Thriller!" (hosted by Boris Karloff) attracting loyal audiences. "Twilight Zone" creator and host Rod Serling had two bites at the apple when he introduced "Night Gallery" as a TV movie in 1969 (giving young Steven Spielberg his first major directing gig) and then spun it off into a moderately successful weekly TV series. The early to mid-1970s also saw a major resurgence in horror-themed anthology feature films. The concept was hardly a new one for the big screen as the first major film of this type was "Dead of Night", released in 1945.  Roger Corman oversaw some similarly-themed big screen anthologies in the early to mid-1960s, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Universal's 'Walking Dead' attraction: Lots of blood, but hoping for more

30 June 2016 11:39 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

About two months ago, I tried out to be a zombie for the upcoming Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. As documented, it went horribly wrong. I overthought the entire process about being a member of the undead. That, combined with my lack of flexibility and rhythmic ineptitude, doomed my chances. I didn’t even make the first cut. I was Doa. Well, the Twd attraction is just days away from opening up — officially on July 4. When I got a press invite to tour it, I was more than curious to see what the final outcome was. For selfish reasons, I also wanted to know what those hired to zombie did right. So I went to the man in charge, John Murdy, the Creative Director of Universal Studios Hollywood. Wearing a baseball cap with an embroidered skull and crossbones and a shirt to match, Murdy explained exactly what he »

- David Eckstein

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The Horrors of Faith and Childhood in Night Of The Hunter and Whistle Down The Wind

9 June 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock looks at two classic films that examine the horrors of impoverished childhood and misunderstood faith. Actor Charles Laughton’s only directorial outing was the phenomenal The Night of the Hunter (1955); a hybrid of horror and noir complete with the terrifying and terrific Robert Mitchum aping Karloff’s Frankenstein monster in one electrifying scene. The…

The post The Horrors of Faith and Childhood in Night Of The Hunter and Whistle Down The Wind appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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How The Grinch Stole Christmas remake delayed to 2018

7 June 2016 7:15 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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All of Whoville will have to wait till 2018 to see the remake of the Dr. Seuss classic...

Universal has just announced that the animated remake of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, in which it has partnered with Illumination Entertainment, has been delayed by a year. It was originally set to release on November 10th 2017, but has been shunted back to November 9th 2018. No reason has been given, but we'd wager it just wouldn't be ready in time.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who showed us just how irredeemably evil he can sound as the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, will voice the eponymous green grouch who is bent on making Christmas vanish by stealing every last candy cane.  Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney will co-direct, with Michael LeSieur adapting the screenplay, Audrey Geisel (the wife of the late Dr Seuss) and Chris Renaud executive producing, and Chris Meledandri, »

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