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Blu-ray Review – Six Gothic Tales

15 December 2014 12:54 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Robert W Monk reviews Six Gothic Tales, a Blu-ray collection of the Roger Corman directed and produced adaptations of the Edgar Allen Poe stories The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Tomb of Ligeia, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Jack Nicholson and Basil Rathbone

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In The Fall of the House of Usher, a young man attempts to uncover the threat of a curse on his fiancée’s family. In Pit and the Pendulum, a brother investigates the untimely death of his sister, played by Barbara Steele. Tales of Terror adapts three Poe classics, Morella, The Black Cat and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, each starring a horror icon. The Raven is a slapstick comedy  about three rival magicians linked by Poe’s most famous poem. »

- Robert W Monk

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Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Day Seven

8 December 2014 2:32 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Happy Monday everyone! For today’s installment of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, we’re bringing you some stellar gift ideas perfect for horror, sci-fi and pop culture fans including collectibles from Neca, a new book celebrating Planet of the Apes, the ultimate box set from Universal and much more.

After you check out today’s gift guide, be sure to enter our Holiday Horrors trivia contest below for your chance to get your hands on some fantastic prizes from our sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Scream Factory.

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And if you’re on the lookout for something non-horror related, Cutestreak »

- Heather Wixson

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Kino Lorber Announces Tales of Terror & The Crimson Cult Blu-rays

8 December 2014 7:47 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Written by Richard Matheson, based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, directed by Roger Corman, and starring Vincent Price in all three of its segments, 1962’s Tales of Terror features legendary names of the horror genre, and Kino Lorber has announced they are releasing the star-studded fright film, along with 1968’s The Crimson Cult (starring Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee), on Blu-ray next year.

In April of 2015, Kino Lorber will release Tales of Terror on Blu-ray/DVD and The Crimson Cult on Blu-ray. No special features have been announced at this time, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

Tales of Terror is also now available in the UK from Arrow Films as part of their Roger Corman/Vincent Price home media release package, Six Gothic Tales.

Tales of Terror (1962, synopsis via Blu-ray.com):

“This triple treat of terror is a three-episode “blood-dripping package that includes murder, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

7 December 2014 11:04 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Christmas is almost here and Arrow Video have a present for horror fans (though you’ll have to buy it of course).  Vincent Price in Six Gothic Tales is a box set of the Roger Corman Edgar Allan Poe films starring not only Price but some of the most iconic horror actors.  Just mentioning the names Barbara Steele, Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney Jr., Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone in the same review as Vincent Price should have you getting your money ready straight away…and let’s not forget a young Jack Nicholson making an appearance too.  All this movie history in just one box, and that’s before we even look at the special features included for each movie.

Roger Corman’s Poe movies are strange beasts though, normally taking only the name and basic plot they sometimes have little connecting them to the actual source material, yet as fans we love them anyway. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Watch Metallica Nail 'Enter Sandman' on 'Late Late Show'

21 November 2014 7:33 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"Here tonight is a band who are the runner-up on American Idol, wasn't it fellas," Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson joked introducing Metallica on the penultimate night of the metal gods' week-long residency. With only two nights left, Metallica decided to bust out "one of their signature tunes," as Ferguson put it, "a song called 'Enter Sandman.'"

Related: Metallica to Issue 27 Live Albums by Year's End

There's nothing flashy about this version of their biggest Black Album track — just another polished, kick-ass performance by a Rock and Roll »

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Universal Exec Says New Universal Monster-Verse Will Be More Action-Adventure Than Horror

20 November 2014 3:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Universal Studios has a long, rich, laudable history of making monster movies. In 1923, Lon Chaney’s work as Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, kicked off what would be a fantastically successful decades-long series of horror films for the studio. Chaney portrayed monsters through the rest of the decade until Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff each first donned their monster makeup in 1931 with "Dracula” and “Frankenstein,” respectively. All through the '30s, '40s, '50s, and into the '60s, Universal rotated a crop of monsters that performed spectacularly at the box office. Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney, and Chaney’s son Lon Chaney, Jr. became widely famous for their work, and the American public turned out en masse to see multiple incarnations of “The Wolfman,” “The Invisible Man,” “The Mummy,” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Indeed, Universal’s monster movies are part of cinema history, which is why recent »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Six Gothic Tales Starring Vincent Price UK Blu-ray Release Details & Special Features

20 November 2014 9:04 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Scream Factory gave many classic horror film fans a Halloween treat with the release of The Vincent Price Collection II, and now Arrow Films is looking to sate the viewing appetites of Price fans in England with Six Gothic Tales, due out on December 8th. Comprised of six Roger Corman movies based on Edgar Allan Poe’s works and starring Vincent Price, Arrow Films has unveiled their collection’s special features:

Press Release - “From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include The Fall of the House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace »

- Derek Anderson

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Metallica goes old school for first night of Craig Ferguson residency

18 November 2014 1:36 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Metallica will be serenading exiting late night fixture Craig Ferguson all week, and they've decided to kick off their residency with an old chestnut dating back to the Reagan administration. For their first of five performances on "The Late Late Show" this week, James Hetfield and co. put the pedal to the metal with a slightly wobbly performance of the thrashy "Hit the Lights," from their killer 1983 debut album "Kill 'em All." Hetfield unfortunately doesn't have the voice he used to and Lars Ulrich's snare drum threatens to overpower the whole thing, but the half dozen or so Kirk Hammet solos make it all worth it. He's even playing a real horrorshow custom axe featuring Boris Karloff as "The Mummy." Watch the performance here: With a new album due sometime in 2015, Metallica will first release the 12-inch single "The Lords Of Summer" on November 28 for Record Store Day Black Friday. »

- Dave Lewis

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King Baggot – The Story of the First ‘King of the Movies’ Begins in St. Louis

14 November 2014 6:31 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium beginning at 7pm as part of this year’s St. Louis Intenational FIlm Festival. The program will consist a rare 35mm screening of the 1913 epic Ivanhoe starring King Baggot with live music accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Ivanhoe will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and films of King Baggot presented by Tom Stockman, editor here at We Are Movie Geeks. After that will screen the influential silent western Tumbleweeds (1925), considered to be one of King Baggot’s finest achievements as a director. Tumbleweeds will feature live piano accompaniment by Matt Pace.

Here’s a comprehensive look at the life and career of King Baggot

Article by Tom Stockman

They gathered to see the stars at St. Louis Union Station on Saturday March 25th 1910. President Taft had »

- Tom Stockman

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Update: More Universal Monsters Are On The Way

12 November 2014 10:33 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Update: 

Deadline is now reporting that the next film in Universal's Monster Slate will be The Wolf Man. According to the site, Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) is writing the movie.

Original Story:

Back in the day, Universal Pictures was the king of the monster mountain. Their stable of classic monsters, from Bela Lugosi's Dracula to Lon Chaney Jr's Wolfman, from Boris Karloff's iconic Frankenstein to...Boris Karloff's iconic Mummy, and more, Universal cornered the market on Hollywood monsters. From standalone films, to crossovers, to Monster v Monster movies, one could easily argue that they established the blueprint that modern day comic book films are now so eagerly adopting. So it makes sense now that Universal is looking around at what their rivals at Disney, Warner Bros, Sony, and Fox are doing and saying, "Oh, yeah? You want to talk about your 'cinematic universes'? Well, we're going to relaunch the granddaddy of'em all. »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Watch 12 More Great Horror Short Films

6 November 2014 8:46 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Welcome to the third installment of my ongoing series of articles that collects great horror short films.

If you have not already done so, please check out the first two installments of this series “Watch 15 Great Horror Short Films” and its follow-up “Watch 13 More Great Horror Short Films” not only because you’ll love them but also because films and filmmakers mentioned in those articles are referenced in this one.

Short form horror aficionados will also want to check out a recent article I wrote called “The Greatest Horror Anthology Film Segments of All Time”.

As you readers know, the horror short film is an artistic endeavor that can serve as a film industry calling card.  A perfect example of this is the recent announcement of the feature film version of Can Evrenol’s superb horror short Baskin.

Combine successes like that with the very strong film festival presence of »

- Terek Puckett

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

5 November 2014 5:15 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The King Baggot Tribute will take place Friday, November 14th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium beginning at 7pm as part of this year’s St. Louis Intenational FIlm Festival. The program will consist a rare 35mm screening of the 1913 epic Ivanhoe starring King Baggot with live music accompaniment by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Ivanhoe will be followed by an illustrated lecture on the life and films of King Baggot presented by Tom Stockman, editor here at We Are Movie Geeks. After that will screen the influential silent western Tumbleweeds (1925), considered to be one of King Baggot’s finest achievements as a director. Tumbleweeds will feature live piano accompaniment by Matt Pace.

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 »

- Tom Stockman

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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

31 October 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »

- Andre Soares

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The Chicago Critics' Top 100 Horror (or Just Plain Creepy) Films in History

31 October 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scariest movies ever made: The top 100 horror films according to the Chicago Film Critics (photo: Janet Leigh, John Gavin and Vera Miles in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho') I tend to ignore lists featuring the Top 100 Movies (or Top 10 Movies or Top 20 Movies, etc.), no matter the category or criteria, because these lists are almost invariably compiled by people who know little about films beyond mainstream Hollywood stuff released in the last decade or two. But the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the 100 Scariest Movies Ever Made, which came out in October 2006, does include several oldies — e.g., James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein — in addition to, gasp, a handful of non-American horror films such as Dario Argento's Suspiria, Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre, and F.W. Murnau's brilliant Dracula rip-off Nosferatu. (Check out the full list of the Chicago Film Critics' top 100 horror movies of all time. »

- Andre Soares

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The Stack: Canfield Talks Vintage William Castle And Much More

31 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Stack is back with a last look at what's truly "out there" for Halloween. First up is some vintage Blu-ray goodness from Kino, The Death Kiss starring Bela Lugosi and a late career entry from Boris Karloff, Cauldron of Blood finally becomes available on Blu-ray via the good folks at Olive Films. Scream Factory has a bunch of stuff out for Halloween but I picked the late seventies schlocker Squirm and the gorgeous Directors Cut of Night Breed. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has never looked as stunning as it does in this new 40th Anniversary Edition from Dark Sky Films and IFC offers up a DVD of Alex de la Iglesia's weird and wonderful Witching and Bitching. Cult Epics truly blew my mind with the surreal...

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Halloween Fiends: Monsters then and Now-Which Are Better?

28 October 2014 9:25 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Old monsters or new? Dracula or Freddy Kruger? The Bride of Frankenstein or the Bride of Chucky? How do you like your monsters…Classic or neo-nasty contemporary?

 

Most people like a good horror film around Halloween. It’s the time of year for a good scare. But what kind of scare do you want…classic or modern? Do you prefer the gothic grand guignol of yesteryear or the deranged demons of today? Who’s cooler and creepier?

Just for clarity’s sake, we’ll draw the old vs. new line at 1978, with John Carpenter’s excellent Halloween being the start of the modern age of Horror. Everything before that (The B&W Universal monster films, the Hammer Studios films with Cushing and Lee, the Poe/Hawthorn adaptations with Vincent Price, etc.) are classic horror flicks.

Let’s start with the names of the monsters. In this category, you have to go with old Hollywood. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Haunting the Suburbs: How White Flight Changed Paranormal Cinema

28 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Where would horror cinema be without gothic fiction? The careers of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, James Whale, Roger Corman and many a German expressionist owe a great deal to the storied architecture that characterized the settings of 18th and 19th century literary classics. Moreover, from The Uninvited and Rebecca in the 1940s to the modern takes of the early 1960s (The Haunting and The Innocents, just to name a couple), the grand haunted house has proven to be a mainstay in horror, whether as a foreboding living space harboring dark secrets, a site for challenging and torturing tourists and skeptics, or an active site of dark experiments. The notion that houses – namely, large estates – contain histories which resonate beyond mortal bodies that inhabited them has vastly defined and influenced not only the terms of a cinematic genre, but what we find scary in general. But as postwar suburbanization came to redefine the relation between people and the »

- Landon Palmer

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Classic Film Series presents a creature feature double bill

27 October 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

In 1931, Universal Studios made a killing with their scary movies Dracula and Frankenstein. Audiences loved the supernatural characters, and to capitalize on the burgeoning movie monster craze, Universal rolled out The Mummy (1932) and, nine years later, The Wolf Man (1941).

The Mummy casts the incomparable Boris Karloff  as a 3,000-year-old Egyptian priest who was mummified alive for attempting to bring back the dead. Archaeologists accidently revive the wrinkly man-monster, who wreaks havoc searching for his lost love.

The Wolf Man stars Lon Chaney Jr. as an American who is bitten by a werewolf while visiting his ancestral home in Wales. He transforms into a hairy beast who kills villagers, and only his father (Claude Rains) can stop the mayhem.

Neither the Mummy nor the Wolf Man possess the star power of their more popular monster brethren Drac and Frank, but they’re still creepy enough to spawn chills.

Watch as our »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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The Greatest Horror Anthology Film Segments of All Time

25 October 2014 7:35 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Popular in the 1960s and early 1970s with more rare appearances in the 1980s, 1990s and the 2000s, the anthology-style horror film has made a solid resurgence in recent years with such portmanteau releases as The ABCs of Death films and the V/H/S series.

With Mexico Barbaro, Fear Paris and other projects in various stages of completion, the anthology horror film looks to continue to be an important part of the horror cinema landscape.

Some anthology films employ a framing or wraparound sequence in an attempt to connect the segments that make up the film while others dispense with this classic Amicus-style approach entirely and simply present a collection of short films connected by genre.

Either way, a horror anthology film is ultimately about the quality of its individual segments and this article will take you on a tour of the greatest horror anthology segments of all time. »

- Terek Puckett

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Rumored plot details for Alex Kurtzman's reboot of The Mummy leak online

24 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

It has been a little while since we have heard anything about Alex Kurtzman's upcoming reboot of The Mummy for Universal. Part of a planned cinematic universe of monsters that began with Dracula Untold, The Mummy will be a distinct retelling of the classic Boris Karloff creature that shares no plot similarities to that film or the Brendan Fraser-starring trilogy. Superhero Movie News claims to have gotten their hands on the screenplay for The Mummy and shared a fairly detailed synopsis for »

- Alex Maidy

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