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‘It’s Alive! It’s Alive!’ Why Hollywood Keeps Trying To Spark Life Into Frankenfilms

27 September 2014 6:12 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Filmmakers have been obsessed with Frankenstein since James Whale brought Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel to life and instantly gave birth to an iconic monster franchise that remains a major priority for Universal. It’s one of the most important public domain properties in fiction, but reanimating the Green Guy into a worthy anti-hero isn’t easy. Everyone from Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and Aaron Eckhart have discovered you need more than neck bolts to spark a good movie. The futility hasn’t stopped Candyman and Immortal Beloved director Bernard Rose, who’s returning to horror filmmaking with his own modern take on the Frankenstein legend. He shot his in downtown Los Angeles, with Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss, Danny Huston, and Tony Todd starring in a Frankenfilm set against the backdrop of the contemporary 3D bio-printing revolution. “They’re already 3D-printing organs, so to actually print an entire human being »

- Jen Yamato

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Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster Comes Alive in Pumpkinstein Pumpkins

25 September 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“It’s alive!” Dr. Frankenstein’s exclamation after bringing his creation to life is an iconic moment in horror history, but imagine if the same scene took place in a sun-splashed field rather than a shadowy lab. A farmer is giving new life to Dr. Frankenstein’s monster with a batch of pumpkins grown to look like the face Boris Karloff made famous in his film depictions of the monster from Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel.

Coompletely organic, the Pumpkinstein Pumpkins come from Cinagro Farms in Santa Clara Valley in Ventura County, California. Over the past four years, farmer Tony Dighera has perfected a special mold that he places on the pumpkins as they grow. The pumpkins form into the face of Dr. Frankenstein’s monster as they mature, as the mold allows enough sunlight and air to keep the pumpkins healthy.

Those looking for a unique addition to their »

- Derek Anderson

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Watch: Roger Corman Talks Edgar Allen Poe on Trailers From Hell

22 September 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As the tortured 19th century nobleman terrified that his catalepsy will lead to being buried alive, the morose Milland combines with the grim storyline to position this as Corman’s most morbid Poe film, unleavened by any glimmer of humor (which Price might have suggested with a slightly raised eyebrow). With its stately photography by Floyd Crosby and a wickedly seductive turn from ravishing Hazel Court,  "Premature Burial" is nevertheless bleakly compelling… though you may want to revisit Price, Lorre and Karloff in "The Raven" as a quick pick-me-up after it’s over.  »

- Trailers From Hell

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Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein Screens October 2nd at Schlafly Bottleworks

22 September 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Abbott: “You’re making enough noise to wake up the dead! “

Costello: “I don’t have to wake him up. He’s up!”

Abbott And Costeelo Meet Frankenstein Screens October 2nd at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood

It’s interesting that Lou Costello initially was reluctant to do Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein, since it became probably the most popular and successful instalment in their career. It was so popular, in fact, that many of the Abbott & Costello movies to follow were along similar lines — they would go on to meet The Mummy, The Invisible Man and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. You can sort of see where he was coming from … horror/comedy isn’t exactly a highly respected genre, although there have been several classics in it since (Young Frankesntein comes to mind).

The story starts when a couple of crates arrive in the Us, to an »

- Tom Stockman

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Nycc-Exclusive Nes Freddy Krueger & Jason Voorhees ReAction Figures Revealed

20 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In addition to terrorizing teenagers on the silver screen, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees stalked and slashed 8-bit characters in the worlds of two 1989 Nes games appropriately titled A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Nostalgic gamers can rejoice now that Funko and Super7 have captured the garish garb of the Nes versions of Freddy and Jason with new Nycc-exclusive ReAction figures.

The Nes Freddy and Jason figures will be available exclusively at Toy Tokyo’s booth at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th at New York City’s Javits Center, and we have a look at the figures below (thanks to Toy Tokyo for the image!).

As a reminder, Funko and Super7’s ReAction Horror Series figures and Universal Monsters figures are now available. Similar to previous releases, the figures are 3 3/4 inches and come in retro Kenner-like packaging. These figures are priced at $9.99 apiece. »

- Derek Anderson

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The Importance of Blondes in Classic Horror

19 September 2014 1:29 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.”  — Alfred Hitchcock To be a person of virtue, one must possess the characteristics of being morally just and kind-hearted.  It is rather easy to determine whether or not a person is virtuous based on interactions with them, but to be able to convey cinematically that a person is of virtue, unfortunately must be expressed through the way an actor or actress looks and acts.  In the world of the early horror films, filmmakers did not have the luxury of time to develop the personalities and back-stories of secondary characters.  Filmmakers were to generate a tale of a monster to scare the masses, and quite honestly, couldn’t be bothered finding time to explain why the damsel in distress was worth anything other than eye candy and something for a monster to desire. The color »

- BJ Colangelo

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A Nite to Dismember NYC Halloween Movie Marathon Includes Evil Dead 2 & The Bride of Frankenstein

5 September 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After handing out candy, scaring trick or treaters, or camping out on your couch with a big bowl of candy corn, New York City area horror hounds can continue their Halloween celebrations by heading to Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema for the second annual A Nite to Dismember scary movie marathon that begins at the witching hour and will feature sequels of the direct and indirect variety.

The event runs from midnight to noon on November 1st and will include costume contents, drink specials, trivia, a free breakfast, and more, all in addition to the screenings of the following five horror films:

Evil Dead II The Bride of Frankenstein Friday the 13th Part 2 Dracula: Prince of Darkness The Return of the Living Dead

Tickets can be purchased for $50.00 apiece at:

http://www.nitehawkcinema.com/movie/a-nite-to-dismember-2014/

“Rating: R

Run Time: 432 minutes

Director: Sam Raimi, James Whale, Steve Miner, Terrence Fisher, »

- Derek Anderson

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September 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Dracula (1979), Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, Universal Classic Monsters Collection

1 September 2014 4:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

September gets off to a fantastic start if you’re a genre fan, as Universal Home Entertainment is unloading a Ton of Universal Monsters-related titles on Blu-ray and DVD, including Universal Classic Monsters: The Complete 30-Film Collection and Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella as the titular bloodsucker.

Also being released by Universal this week are a handful of horror and sci-fi themed 4-Movie Packs, an 8 Film Collection of Hammer horror titles and several other modern horror classics in high definition, including The People Under the Stairs and Firestarter. The third Cabin Fever film, Patient Zero, is also finally arriving on DVD & Blu-ray as well.

Spotlight Titles:

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (Rlj Entertainment, Blu-ray & DVD)

A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, »

- Heather Wixson

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See the Original Illustration of Frankenstein's Monster

29 August 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Frankenstein’s monster is so familiar to us that we don’t even call him by his actual name. He preferred Adam, but we just call him Frankenstein, even though that was the name of the Doctor who created him. But it’s the monster, not the doctor who has taken hold in the popular imagination, and we’ve seen versions of him ranging from Boris Karloff to Herman Munster to this arthritis commercial (my all-time favorite prescription drug ad). This, however, is the original iteration, the frontispiece illustration from the first edition of Mary Shelley’s horror classic. Rather than the green stitched up skin quilt with neck bolts that we know and and love, he looks like a pretty normal guy, albeit oddly feminine.

The illustration is on display at The British Museum as part of an exhibit called "Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination." There are also »

- Mily Dunbar

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Den of Geek Book Club: Lord Of Misrule

29 August 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Aliya reads Christopher Lee's autobiography Lord Of Misrule, and finds a witty book full of anecdotes and a surprising amount of golf...

Christopher Lee holds the world record for the most amount of on-screen swordfights, having wielded a variety of swords, billiard cues, and lightsabers in 17 films. And that’s a small percentage of his body of work, with over 250 performances in some of the biggest, smallest and weirdest films you could hope to watch. I don’t know how he found time to write this autobiography back in 1977. And I also don’t understand how so much of that autobiography could be about golf.

How does he find time to play so much golf? And how does he make it sound so interesting? Maybe it’s the people he plays with: a mixture of stars, professionals, statesmen and politicians grace the pages, all of them deserving an anecdote or two. »

- ryanlambie

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Win a Copy of the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection DVD Box Set

28 August 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Attention, Universal monster fans... that means, well, all of you. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956, and we have your chance to score a copy on us!

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on September 1st.

Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Description

They informed our dreams and nightmares, each and every one. Brilliant actors, craftspeople, and filmmakers combined to deliver these indelible characters who may have died on screen, but they will surely live forever. They are the one and only Universal Classic Monsters.

Now, for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Pictures' Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in »

- Steve Barton

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15 Horror Franchises that Helped Define the Face of the Genre

27 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.

Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.

It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.

Alien:

Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »

- Matt Molgaard

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Mezco Unearths Nycc-Exclusive Black & White The Mummy Figure

19 August 2014 12:07 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In ancient Egyptian times, forbidden love brought a severe fate upon Imhotep (Boris Karloff) in Universal’s The Mummy (1932) that would make even Romeo and Juliet shudder: being mummified alive. Hot on the heels of their Son of Frankenstein announcement, Mezco has now revealed a New York Comic Con exclusive black and white figure of The Mummy.

A 9-inch scale figure with 11 points of articulation, The Mummy is depicted in black and white to commemorate the monster’s appearance in the 1932 Universal film. Only 250 figures were made, making The Mummy one of Mezco’s most limited figures ever released.

Starting on August 22nd, Mezco will have collector’s items available to purchase online while supplies last at http://www.mezcotoyz.com/exclusives/ . You can pick up The Mummy Limited Edition figure at Mezco’s booth #1855 at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th. We have the press release with full details, »

- Derek Anderson

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Mezco Reveals Nycc-Exclusive Son of Frankenstein Figure

18 August 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After the events of 1935′s Bride of Frankenstein, the man-made Monster played by Boris Karloff was down for the count… until he was revived by a son of the experimental doctor in 1939′s Son of Frankenstein. To celebrate the final film to feature Karloff as the Monster, Mezco has revealed a New York Comic Con exclusive Son of Frankenstein Figure.

Scaled to 9 inches, Mezco’s Son of Frankenstein figure is limited to 500 items and can be purchased while supplies last at Mezco’s booth #1855 at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th. We have the press release with full details, as well as an early look at the figure:

New York- “Many thought the fire that destroyed the windmill destroyed the monster as well…they were wrong!

Following the success of their Universal Monsters Frankenstein, Mezco opens their laboratory door and reveals the Son Of Frankenstein limited edition figure. »

- Derek Anderson

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Cauldron of Blood Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

8 August 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Reclusive blind artist Franz Badulescu makes beautiful life-like sculptures, but as photographer Claude Marchand discovers, they may be a little too realistic. There’s something macabre going on at Franz’s Spanish castle in 1971′s Cauldron of Blood (aka Blind Man’s Bluff), starring horror legend Boris Karloff, and Olive Films is bringing the film’s murderous mystery to Blu-ray and DVD this fall.

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th, Cauldron of Blood will be available in time to secure a spot in Halloween movie marathons. For those unfamiliar with the Euro horror film, we have the synopsis and a look at the cover art (image courtesy of Amazon!):

“In a clever twist on the sculptor/murderer theme that runs throughout horror film history, the legendary Boris Karloff stars as blind artist Franz Badulescu, who creates startlingly lifelike statues with the help of his protective daughter, Viveca Lindfors »

- Derek Anderson

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‘The Mummy’ Reboot Gets Alex Kurtzman as Director

30 July 2014 6:29 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the days leading up to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Sony/Columbia announced that their Amazing Spider-Man franchise spinoff Sinister Six will see a 2016 release, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018. This all came on the heels of mooted Venom director Alex Kurtzman’s vague answers on the state of that film and TASM3.

Kurtzman was clear on his main priority, however: developing the possible shared-universe reboot of Universal Studios’ classic line-up of movie monsters, starting with The Mummy. Now, The Wrap reports that Alex Kurtzman will be directing the film, with the intention of getting the supernatural horror flick in theaters by Spring 2016.

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- Anthony Vieira

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Super-8 Movie Madness Goes To War! August 5th at The Way Out Club

28 July 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspired filmmakers and drawn audiences. We’ll be celebrating the Great War films On August 5th at The Way Out Club with Super-8 Movie Madness Goes To War!

We’ll be showing six films in the condensed (average length: 15 minutes) Super-8 sound film format projected on The Way Out’s big screen that tells heroic stories of World War Two. They are: William Holden and Alec Guinness in The Bridge On The River Kwai, Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton in Where Eagles Dare, Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson in The Dirty Dozen, Frank Sinatra in Von Ryan’S Express, Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw in Force Ten From Navarone, and John Wayne and an all-star cast in The Longest Day.

Movie that we’ll be »

- Tom Stockman

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Are CG characters now the main attraction in blockbusters?

21 July 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...

Feature

This article contains spoilers for Godzilla and Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Also, there are some mild spoilers for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, but nothing you haven’t seen in the trailers.

In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.

Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »

- simonbrew

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It’s Alive…Universal Monsters Are Back!

18 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Universal Studios was home to some of the most iconic horror movies of the twentieth century, including Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and Dracula. Acting legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Jr lurched, stumbled and swooped across our screens, spawning a thousand nightmares and Halloween costumes.

Now it looks like the studio is planning a relaunch. Universal dipped its toe into its bank of monsters previously of course, with Van Helsing and The Wolfman among others. But this new project will present a unified approach.

At the moment Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-man) and Chris Morgan (The Fast And The Furious) are on board. First Universal Monster to get the modern treatment is The Mummy, pencilled in for 2016.

So horror fans, is this good or bad news? Will you be doing the monster mash or diving »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Josh Soriano’s Five Best “Old Dark House” Films

14 July 2014 3:07 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

On a stormy night, amidst the the trees on a fog-shrouded​ hilltop, a large house sits. Inside, a group of people have come together to hear the reading of a will. As the night continues, the ​​storm’s grasp strengthens and renders it impossible for the group to leave. They’ll have to spend the night. However, one amongst them is a murderer and will do anything in his/her power to be the next heir, including killing the guests off one by one. Before daybreak the killer will traverse throughout the house by secret passages, terrorizing each guest and creating a panic, while our protagonists race to solve the mystery.

Sound familiar? It should. It’s the classic scenario ​of what are known as ​”Old Dark House​​​” films that were popularized in the 30s and 40s in cinema. If you’ve ever watched a Saturday night horror film on basic television, »

- Josh Soriano

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