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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
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
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.
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
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, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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
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
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, »
The Locarno Film festival will fete U.S. “King of the B’s” Roger Corman, who is expected to attend and hold an on-stage conversation at the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge cinema.
Corman, who is 90, has agreed to make the trek to Locarno as guest of honor of the fest’s Filmmakers Academy, which provides training for young directors. The festival, now in its 69th edition, runs from Aug. 3 to 13.
The tribute to Corman will comprise screenings of his 1962 school desegregation drama, “The Intruder,” starring William Shatner as a rabble-rousing racist, and 1964’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, top-lining Vincent Price.
“As director and screenwriter, [Corman] made a long series of films whose low-budget model combined principles of quality and popular appeal in unprecedented ways,” the fest said in a statement.
“And through his auteur approach he reinvented the world of genre filmmaking, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman
Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range. He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.
Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:
During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films. While »
- Movie Geeks
The legendary story of Roger Corman’s 1963 thriller The Terror is one for the books. It was directed by Five directors (including Corman, Jack Nicholson and Francis Ford Coppola just to name a few) and was made in a leftover set from Corman’s previous film, The Haunted Place. It’s definitely one for the books.
Thanks to the gang over at The Film Detective, the infamous film will be released on May 31st, in a brand new digitally restored Bluray, made from 35mm archival elements and featuring some pretty nifty artwork to go along with it.
In 18th century France, Lt. Andre Duvalier (three-time Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson, The Departed, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men, The Shining), an officer in Napoleon’s army, has been separated from his regiment. Wandering near the coast, he spies a young woman (Sandra Knight, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Blood Bath) and calls out to her. »
- Jerry Smith
While Dracula Untold is the official first movie in Universal's Monsters Universe, The Mummy is fully opening up this world that will include a number of iconic crossovers with some of the studio's most infamous ghouls. The remake is set to hit theaters in 2017. It stars Tom Cruise in the lead role, with Sofia Boutella playing the title monster, the first time in series history that this mummified zombie has ever been played by a woman. Universal Pictures has released the official synopsis, which gives us an idea of what we can expect.
"Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the »
Arrow Video have developed a reputation for being the foremost distributor of cult movies on Blu-ray and DVD over the last few years, and it’s a very justly deserved one. The love and attention that they put into releases of not only the more widely known classics like Hellraiser, Dawn of the Dead and Deep Red but also more obscure films that deserve a wider audience as they did with their recent American Horror Project box set, is second to none and ensures that any Arrow release is one that’s worth taking a look at.
Many of the releases include new essays discussing the particular films, and it’s from these that this limited edition book, Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion, has evolved. Rather than aiming at being a definitive guide to cult cinema, an endeavour that would take more than the almost two hundred and fifty pages on offer here, »
Benedict Cumberbatch and his silky, sinister voice born for "it was a dark and stormy night..." tales (and greedy dragons) is now going to voice the Grinch.
Illumination, the studio that made "Despicable Me" and "Minions," made the announcement at CinemaCon. Cumberbatch will voice the Dr. Seuss character in a movie simply titled "The Grinch." (Sorry, Cindy Lou Who, you'll have to wait for your own standalone movie.) Why Cumby? Well, it's probably obvious, but producer Chris Meledandri said he has a voice that exudes "comedic wickedness while embodying vulnerability."
It sounds like it's early days for "The Grinch," but it will be adapted for the screen by writer Michael LeSieur and directed by Pete Candeland and Yarrow Cheney. According to Entertainment Weekly, the current release date is November 10, 2017.
- Gina Carbone
The news was announced by Illumination Entertainment, the animation studio offshoot of Universal which produced the supervillain movies and last year’s spin-off Minions.
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- Ben Child
The Hollywood Horror Museum presents two very accomplished visionaries in horror as board members, directors John Carpenter and Greg Nicotero. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: details on the all-female directed anthology, Xx, a Toxic Avenger marathon on El Rey Network, and Nitehawk Cinema’s screening of both Wicker Man movies in New York.
Hollywood Horror Museum Members: Press Release: “The Hollywood Horror Museum is proud to announce today, that legendary directors John Carpenter and Greg Nicotero are its two newest board members. The museum which has been showing up at various conventions will be touring later in the year before it finds it’s permanent home in 2017. The interview will be made (if available) upon request.
John Carpenter is the writer, producer, and director of many genre classics including Halloween, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing and They Live. Greg Nicotero is director and producer of The Walking Dead, »
- Tamika Jones
Sometimes actors are cast in a movie together and instantly display great onscreen chemistry. You look at them and think, “These two should work together again. They make a good team.” Sometimes they do reunite and it leads to a series of great screen collaborations, but sometimes they don’t and we’re left wishing the pair would have made more films together.
Back in the days of the old ‘Studio System,’ movies studio execs would look for actors who had good on-screen chemistry and repeatedly cast them together in films. This was called “packaging”, and it lead to the frequent teaming of people like Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers; William Powell & Myrna Loy; Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall; Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi; Bob Hope & Bing Crosby; Errol Flynn & Olivia de Havilland; Nelson Eddy & Jeannette MacDonald; etc., etc.
The ‘Studio System’ is long gone and so is “packaging”. It’s a pity »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Portrayed by the legendary Boris Karloff, the iconic creature from Universal’s Frankenstein (1931) now has its own figure from Mezco. The figure comes with film and character-specific wardrobe, portraits, attachable left and right hands / forearms, and will ship between Sept. – Oct. 2016.
From Mezco: “Perhaps the most iconic movie monster of all time, Frankenstein first terrified audiences in 1931. Portrayed by legendary actor Boris Karloff as a terrifying yet misunderstood and tormented creature, Universal’s Frankenstein monster has gripped moviegoer’s imaginations ever since.
Cobbled together from corpses stolen from graves and the scaffold — reanimated by lightning — Frankenstein terrorized a small village while seeking vengeance on his creator.
Meticulously developed to capture the terrifying look of the iconic creature and outfitted on a One:12 Collective body, the figure’s detailing is incredible; the final product captures the look and spirit of the character as he appeared in the legendary film.
The One: »
- Tamika Jones
When I was just a boy I had a paperback that included Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson in one volume. There were certain books I would reread every year, that was one. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury every summer, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens every December and that three in one book every October. I read it so many times I knew how to parcel it out daily up until Halloween, starting the first page of Dracula on October 1st up to the last page of Jekyll And Hyde on October 30th. That reading was just to get in the mood for Halloween.
- Sam Moffitt
By 1934 Boris Karloff was certainly no stranger to great movie entrances. In 1931, under the direction of James Whale, he seared his image, and that of the monstrous creation of Dr. Henry Frankenstein, into the collective consciousness by shuffling on screen and staring down his creator, and of course the terrified audience, embodying and fulfilling unspeakable nightmares. Frankenstein, an instant phenomenon, was one of 16 pictures Karloff made that were released in 1931.
And in the following year, 1932, in addition of Howard Hawks’ Scarface, Whale’s The Old Dark House and Charles Brabin’s The Mask of Fu Manchu, Karloff had another terrifying entrance in cinematographer-turned-director Karl Freund’s horror landmark The Mummy. As the title fiend, Imhotep, Karloff is first glimpsed in full bandage, sarcophagus laid open behind an unfortunate archaeologist who, engrossed in the parchments he’s discovered, doesn’t notice the mummy’s arm slide down from its bound position. »
- Dennis Cozzalio
After several years of delays, Universal is finally moving forward with their Untitled Mummy Reboot. Last month, the studio confirmed that Tom Cruise is set to star, with Sofia Boutella portraying the title creature, and the studio setting a June 9, 2017 release date. Today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Annabelle Wallis has signed on to play the female lead alongside Tom Cruise.
The site reports that Tom Cruise is playing "a special forces soldier (or former soldier)" in the reboot, which is set in modern-day. The previous Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser were all period pieces, but this project will fall in line with 2014's Dracula Untold, which ended with a prologue that brought the title character into present day. The Untitled Mummy Reboot will be the first movie in the studio's new monster universe that will be set entirely in present day.
Variety reports that Annabelle Wallis »
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