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Here’s another wonderful Christmas present from the good people over at the BBC Archive.
Following their captivating James Bond at the BBC online exhibition the BBC Archive have collected recorded interviews with the giants of Hollywood’s past which offer a wonderful and unique retrospective on Hollywood and movie making.
Giants of the silent era are captured in conversation and hearing Chaplin talk about his life in film is truly fascinating. Buster Keaton, Louise Brooks, Bette Davis are all present as are Alfred Hitchock, Orson Welles, Boris Karloff – it’s a goldmine. Some are amazing accounts of movie making from the 50s, others have the actors and directors reflecting on their careers and the changing face of Film.
A particular favourite is the brief interview with Louise Brooks who talks about her film Pandora’s Box, and the direction she received from Georg Wilhelm Pabst, which was simply – “In the afternoon, »
- Jon Lyus
Our friends across the pond at Scream Magazine are offering three lucky Dread Central readers in the UK a chance to win a copy of the latest issue of Scream, Britain's all new premier horror magazine.
The issue up for grabs, only the second one printed by the fledgling company, has everyone's favorite, Frankenstein's Monster, on the cover and features the following articles, including lots more:
An in-depth examination of Boris Karloff's Frankentein A chat with David Schmoeller, director and co-writer of Puppetmaster An interview with the directors of The Dead, Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford
To enter to win your free copy, hit us off with an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address, and we'll take care of the rest.
Check out the Issue #2 cover below, and for more info visit the official Scream website, where you can also get a sneak peek »
- The Woman In Black
With pop’s first lady of bizarre – the indomitable Lady GaGa – returning to the o2 Arena tomorrow for a third time this year, crazy costumes, elaborate set pieces and irritatingly catchy electro/pop beats will once again reign supreme. Whilst GaGa has caused oodles of controversy with a large number of her outfits, there’s no denying that her fashion choices are anything less than theatricality at its most elaborate!
So when would be a better time to take a look at the bizarre offerings from movieland!? Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but below are ten costumes that have caused as much controversy, generated as many sniggers and left equal numbers perplexed as Lady GaGa’s pyjamas probably do…
Ok, so depending on taste this isn’t exactly terrible attire, but it is bizarre! Apparently Crawford hated her shoulders, which were very broad »
- Stuart Cummins
Fellow monster fans, there’s a disturbing fact we must face around the same time each year: Few gift buyers immediately associate the post-Halloween holidays with horror movies! The everyday shopper can therefore be forgiven for not realizing that you’d be especially thrilled to receive one of your favorite chiller classics (past or present) in your stocking, or that mega-size gift set under the tree.
So, in the spirit of the holidays, I’m here to help you out and provide a service to relatives, longtime companions, and any other colleagues, best pals, or associates eager to please their beast fiends. If you don’t already own at least one of the following 10 fright-acular films, you may feel free to forward this post to all those concerned.
I’m going to endeavor to avoid some of most obvious of gift items. We all know that the Alien Quadrilogy has »
- Movies Unlimited
If you're a fan of old school radio horror like The Weird Circle, Lights Out!, Sleep No More, The Hermit's Cave, there's a new treasure trove of horrific stories being told by some of today's best filmmakers and actors called Tales from Beyond the Pale that is just waiting to keep you up at night!
We've got an exclusive look at the artwork for this week's episode, Paul Solet's "The Conformation". Solet received numerous awards for his short films before writing and directing his highly lauded first feature, Grace, in 2008. Since its premiere at Sundance ‘09, where two men in the audience passed out from the intensity of the film, Grace has played at festivals all around the globe, including SXSW, Brussels, and Gerardmer, where it won the prestigious Prix du Jury.
- Uncle Creepy
Matt Tolmach, the former co-president of Sony, stepped down from his post in order to serve as a hands-on producer for films like this one. Sony is developing a contemporary version of Mary Shelley's classic Gothic monster story Frankenstein with Tolmach at the helm.
Frankenstein was originally made iconic as a Universal film back in the 1930s starring Boris Karloff, and another later version starred Robert DeNiro with Kenneth Branagh as the director. There aren't many details on the updated version, but Craig Fernandez will pen the script. Here's hoping it won't lose all of its vintage charm in the update.
Tolmach is also behind the Spider-Man reboot starring Andrew Garfield. »
- Anna Breslaw
80 years later there have been many-a-version of Frankenstein portrayed on the big-screen, in everything from the classic 1931 film starring Boris Karloff to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the latter of which was directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) and starred Robert De Niro as the monster itself/himself.
Now we’re hearing word that one of the big studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, has decided to get back in on the classic movie monster scene – following the aforementioned De Niro version – as the studio is set to develop a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein tale.
Deadline reports the news that Matt Tolmach is at the center of a preemptive pitch…
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- Ross Miller
Growing up as a horror fan, there were few characters I was able to relate to more than Frankenstein's monster. There are tons of fans out there who feel the same exact way so for better or worse, the character has become one of the most beloved icons in film history. Being fully aware of this, Sony Pictures is going to the well again to bring forth a new telling of this classic story.
According to Deadline New York Sony Pictures Entertainment producer Matt Tolmach is at the center of a preemptive pitch deal for yet another Frankenstein. The film will be a contemporary version of the Mary Shelley novel. Craig Fernandez pitched the project and will write the script. Tolmach will produce through Matt Tolmach Productions.
Of course since Universal isn't the driving force behind this one, the creature will look nothing like the one Boris Karloff created »
- Uncle Creepy
To celebrate the release of Splice on DVD and Blu-ray, Ryan salutes Dren, a B-movie monster for the 21st century…
Cinema is filled with mad professors and hubristic doctors meddling with nature's natural course, and while James Whale's classic adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is anything but a B-movie, it undoubtedly set the template for the decades of rampaging monsters of science that followed.
From the oddly beautiful cyborg created by the crazed scientist/master of the occult Rotwang in Fritz Lang's Metropolis, to the beast men of 1996's The Island Of Doctor Moreau and beyond, generations of mad doctors have been playing God for our viewing pleasure.
David Cronenberg was undoubtedly one of the finest directors of 'science out of control' movies, and his early work was filled with unnerving creatures and experiments gone terribly wrong. See the disease-spreading parasites of Shivers (1975), the blood-sucking, disease-spreading armpit »
As has been widely reported, 84-year-old actor Leslie Nielsen died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. Though the general public may identify Nielsen with his roles in comedy classic like Airplane! and The Naked Gun, the actor also starred in his share of genre flicks, like the groundbreaking sci-fi epic Forbidden Planet. There were a few horror movies on Nielsen's resume as well. As far back as his numerous appearances on the 1950s anthology shows Tales of Tomorrow and Alfred Hitchcock Presents -- as well as Night Gallery and the premiere episode of Boris Karloff's Thriller -- Nielsen was willing to go to some pretty dark places. My generation of »
And now, an item from the "Bad Ideas" desk: Producer Bryan Fuller is planning to resurrect the classic '60s television series The Munsters and has signed a deal with NBC to deliver a pilot episode, with the logline "Modern Family meets True Blood." Oy! While I love what Fuller did with Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and even the short-lived Wonderfalls, I really don’t think the world needs another iteration of the Munster clan, especially one filtered through Fuller’s patented whimsy.
Actually, this has been tried once before to disastrous results. The Munsters Today ran from 1988 to 1991 for 72 episodes (which was two more than the original series), and I totally understand if you’ve erased it from your memory. Lord knows I’ve tried. A film version of the show — à la The Addams Family — had been planned by the Wayans brothers a few years ago, but that thankfully disappeared. »
A couple of weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about the fact that this rare teaser poster (the only one known to be in existence) for the 1935 The Bride of Frankenstein was poised to break the world record for the sale of a movie poster. The record, held since 2005, was for one of four known copies of a 1927 German poster for Metropolis, which sold at London’s Reel Poster Gallery for $690,000. Prior to that the record had been held for 8 years by a poster for the 1932 The Mummy sold in auction at Sotheby’s in New York for $453,500. (The third highest selling poster of all time, for the record, is also Metropolis). It was hoped that the Bride poster would fetch over $700,000 at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills (Heritage, based out of Dallas, handles 70 percent of the world's movie poster auction sales) but it failed to reach its »
Over the last few weeks, we've been going "Back to Basics" by looking at the horror films produced by Universal Studios. After my previous post, I realized that before we dive into anymore of the horrors created for us by Universal, I really should set the stage and provide a little background information on the studio itself. We'll be looking at James Whale's 1935 masterwork, Bride of Frankenstein, next. But, until then, let's go back and take a look at where it all began.
Before there was Universal Studios, there was Carl Laemmle. Laemmle was born in 1867 and emigrated with his family from Germany to the United States in 1884. Soon after he arrived, Laemmle became entranced with a wondrous new technology and art form: moving pictures. At that time, nickelodeons were all the rage, and Laemmle was so mesmerized by motion pictures that he soon left behind his bookkeeping career »
Francis Ford Coppola wasn’t around to give writer W. Somerset Maugham his father’s famous advice about “stealing” from the best to create your own art, but mystic Aleister Crowley accused the British author of doing just that after he read Maugham’s 1908 novel, The Magician. Maybe it was just sour grapes—seeing as how Maugham’s fantasy-terror tale was said to be inspired in part by Crowley’s life—but in Maugham’s story of a mad medical student who dabbles in the occult secrets of creating life (not to mention unnecessary surgery), Crowley saw elements he felt were directly lifted variously from Rosenroth’s Kabbalah Unveiled, as well as a book about 16th-century physician/alchemist Paracelsus and H.G. Wells’ man-beast classic The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Sounds like that could be a great movie? Not only has the obscure 1926 silent thriller made from Maugham’s book, produced and directed by Rex Ingram, »
- Movies Unlimited
By 1933, Universal Studios had become a veritable fear factory, thanks to the efforts of production head Carl Laemmle Jr. After the amazing profits earned from Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy, he was eager to find Universal's next horror property, and fast.
Carl Junior had been trying to get a Frankenstein sequel off the ground, but director James Whale, who had been so instrumental to the original film's success, had been resistant to the idea. Whale was a true artist who did not like to repeat himself, so the idea of a sequel was distasteful at best, even if it was guaranteed to be a hit.
In an effort to mollify Carl Junior and satisfy his desire for something in the realm of the fantastic, Whale expressed interest in filming The Invisible Man, based on H. G. Wells' 1897 sci-fi novella. It presented some special challenges and was just different enough from »
This coming Friday, Heritage Auctions will be selling a teaser poster for James Whale's 1935 film "The Bride of Frankenstein" that is expected to sell for $700,000, making it the most expensive movie poster in history. The current record is held by a poster for Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film "Metropolis," which sold for $690,000 in 2005. The extremely rare red poster was designed by an unknown hand and is the only one of its kind. "The Bride of Frankenstein" starred Boris Karloff as the famed monster, and Elsa Lanchester as the title »
By Doug Gerbino
The Warner Archive Collection released six rare Lon Chaney, Sr. films on October 26 -- five silents and one talkie (his one and only talkie). The films are He Who Gets Slapped (1924); The Monster and The Unholy Three (both 1925); Mr. Wu and Mockery (both 1927); and The Unholy 3 (1930), the sound remake of the 1925 film with a numerical title and a different ending. Lon Chaney, Sr. was a fascinating actor. It's a shame that he is pigeon-holed as a horror star. This is due to the over-availability of two of his most famous films: Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and Phantom of the Opera (1925/29). The fact that these two films are public domain has made them the most widely available of his movies. Within recent years, Warner Home Video has been releasing some of Chaney's MGM films. In 2003, Warner Home Video and TCM released The Lon Chaney Collection, which contained three films: The Aces of Hearts, »
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London, Nov 07 – A one of its kind poster of the world’s most famous monster is set to become the most expensive film poster in history when it goes under the hammer this week.
The Style E teaser poster for ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ is expected to sell for over 700,000 dollars.
The one being sold by Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills this week is a teaser poster-created by an unknown artist before the film’s release to stoke up interest.
"I really am looking for absolution for all the things I had to do for money's sake."
Everything about Ulmer's last film, The Cavern (1965), speaks of hope battling despair. Ulmer, known informally as "King of the Bs," was a man who toiled in the darkness of the underfunded, unregarded B-movie, Z-list, exploitation world for practically all of his career. After making the surreal death-dream that is the Karloff-Lugosi horror The Black Cat (1934), Ulmer found himself informally blacklisted and worked on the margins of the film industry, going wherever the money could be scraped together to make something... anything.
Of course, the reason he's remembered is that within the impossible limits of micro-budget genre film-making (two-week schedules, one-week schedules), he kept producing films, or at least moments, that aspired to our achieved greatness. He didn't wait for the right project. He couldn't afford to. »
For the last week or so, FanGirlTastic has been going "Back to Basics," examining movies from horror's past to discern what relevance they have in the present. So far, we've looked at Dracula and Frankenstein, the first two major films from the golden age of Universal Studios.
These movies not only helped form the foundation of modern horror, they also feature two of the most enduring horror icons. Coincidentally, both of these flicks are also based on novels that are classics of the genre. That The Mummy managed to join Dracula and Frankenstein in that vaunted horror hierarchy is something of a mystery, because The Mummy is easily the weakest film of this diabolical trinity of terror.
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