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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
Aussie horror The Babadook, which is currently in UK cinemas and reaches the Us next week, is one of the scariest films of the year. Like a lot of the best fear-flicks, much of its ability to terrify comes down to one truly creepy kid.
In director Jennifer Kent's harrowing debut, six-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) discovers a book called Mister Babadook, which just so happens to coincide with creepy occurrences at home that his mother (Essie Davis) blames on Samuel's overactive imagination. If we reveal any more, we'll ruin the film's surprises, but suffice to say that Samuel's behaviour is every bit as unnerving as the monster that could be lurking in his house.
He's not the only movie kid putting us off parenthood for life. Also responsible for giving Digital Spy a severe case of paedophobia (or fear of children) are these terrifying tots...
1. Gage Creed (Pet Sematary, »
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
“Every kid knows who Freddy is. He’s like Santa Claus or King Kong.” – Heather Langenkamp in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. In a film full of truthful observations, that line always struck me as the truest, or at least the most relevant to my own relationship with Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. I was four when the original came out in 1984, so I was too young to experience that film or most of the first few sequels on their first release. As I grew up, my awareness of Freddy came from what seeped into popular culture. As best as I can remember, my introduction was either a kid in my 4th grade class wearing a Freddy mask for Halloween, or possibly an ad for the costume in a comic book. So “my” Freddy was less the disturbing child murderer whom Wes Craven created for what probably felt like a standalone film »
- The Bitter Script Reader
Before he was the one-line-loving, crassly, campy class clown known as Freddy, Fred Krueger was the stuff of genuine nightmares. Scarred and grinning in his striped wool sweater, Fred prowls the dreamscape realm of the local high schoolers, the children upon whom he once preyed before their parents got smart and burned him alive. Years ago, Fred was a janitor at the elementary school; he lured children into the boiler room, where, it’s insinuated, he molested and maimed the kids. Now, years later, he returns to haunt the dreams of the children of Suburbia, America. Craven conjures the most surreal imagery of his wildly uneven career here, and Robert Englund instills Craven’s iconic creation with sharp, wry kind of terror, his playful delivery still ironic before the sequels declawed him. He wears his ratty old fedora like »
- Greg Cwik
Ja from Mnpp here, with our second week of Final Girl themed "Beauty vs Beast"'s leading up to Ye Olde All Hallows - I didn't intend for this to also become a Wes-Craven-a-thon but whatcha gonna do, the man scribbled his name all over the genre in permanent marker, so here we are heading to the sleepy little hamlet of Woodsboro and the film that reinvigorated a slashed-to-ribbons genre for a new generation (my generation) - 1996's Scream. (And my apologies if this spoils a movie for you but I consider 18 years past-due on that sort of thing.) Let's meet our foes!
poll by twiigs.com
I don't know if putting the tag-team queer-vibe between Billy & Stu counts as plus or a minus for you -- it's a plus for me but I'm probably mentally disturbed so I'll leave just that to y'all to discuss in the comments. You have one week! »
What would the horror genre be without scream queens? Dead. From Fay Wray's flailing helplessness in the 1933 classic "King Kong" to Milla Jovovich's steely-eyed determination in the long-running "Resident Evil" series, the definition of "scream queen" has broadened considerably over the last several decades - and with Halloween right around the corner we thought we'd highlight a few of the greatest examples from every era (and budget level). The final list of 13 (fortuitous!) isn't meant to be an exhaustive list - notable omissions include "A Nightmare on Elm Street" star Heather Langenkamp, Troma icon Debbie Rochon and "Halloween" actor Danielle Harris - but rather to highlight a few of our favorite female genre icons from years past. After checking out the list below, let us know who your favorite scream queens are by voting in the poll further down the page. »
- Daniel Fienberg, Katie Hasty, Chris Eggertsen, Dave Lewis
Ja from Mnpp here, gleeful to say tis the season for spooky shenanigans, aka my favorite time of year - the trees are turning, the Moon is creeping out earlier every day, and the shelves of the local drugstores are stuffed with those beastly orange and purple Peeps - Happy Halloween-time, everybody! Y'all ought to know by now I'll take any chance I can to cram horror up in here, so here's the deal: we're gonna spend the next few ocassions leading up to The Big Night using our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" poll to face off some of our favorite Final Girls and the Big Bad Nasties they've faced off with.
This week we're getting the ball rolling with Wes Craven's classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which celebrates it's 30th anniversary next month, to give you the choice between the police chief's haunted daughter Nancy Thompson »
A Nightmare on Elm Street was such a fun and entertaining horror movie. The amazing concept of a monstrous character who haunts and kills teenagers in their dreams has scared audiences for years! I don't know why, but this is a movie that never really scared me, even though I saw it at such a young age. I might have been 9 or 10 when I first saw it, and I thought it was the coolest horror flick ever. It holds a special place in my heart. This is one of the horror movies that I enjoy revisiting during the Halloween season, and I've put together a list of 20 fun facts about the movie that you might not know.
The first time Robert Englund put on the iconic Freddy glove, he cut himself.Johnny Depp went with his friend Jackie Earle Haley who was auditioning for the film. Depp was spotted by director Wes Craven, »
- Joey Paur
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Wes Craven
Wes Craven intended Nightmare to be an exploration of surreal horror as opposed to just another stalk-and-slash horror movie, and not only did Nightmare offer a wildly imaginative, inspired concept, but it was a solid commercial genre entry for the dating crowd. Elm Street was New Line’s first genuine mainstream cinematic venture (after Alone In The Dark), and made the company a huge pile of money. The film was shot in 30 days at a cost of roughly $1.8 million, but it made back its figure and then some on opening weekend. New Line Cinema was saved from bankruptcy by the success of the film, and was jokingly nicknamed “the house that Freddy built.” Perhaps the most influential horror film of the ’80s, Craven’s 1984 slasher about a quartet of high school kids terrorized in their dreams »
If you were a child or a parent during the early '90s, there's a good chance that ABC's Tgif lineup graced your TV set. Remember Tgif? A two-hour block of family-friendly comedies that tried to make it seem fun staying in on Friday nights? It officially debuted 25 years ago this month - on Sept. 22, 1989, with a lineup that included Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Full House and Just the Ten of Us. And notably, it debuted four years before that other landmark '90s TV block, Must See TV. The early promos are a trip, as they're both introducing the »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
If you weren’t at this year’s Montreal Comic-con, which was held from the 12th until the 14th of September at the Palais des Congres, then did you ever miss out. Although the Montreal convention isn’t normally known for its selection of guests, this year the con managed to not just pull in a few stars, but a few living legends too.
Gracing the city with his iconic presence was legendary film writer and director, George A. Romero. The man who invented zombies with his film Night Of The Living Dead (1968) not only came to Montreal, not only had his own Q&A panel with Ken Foree (known best for his work in Dawn Of The Dead, 1978), but had a booth where fans of his work could meet him one on one and speak with him. He was down to earth, quick as a whip, and a genuinely »
- Caitlin Marceau
For the last hundred years or so promotional images have been one of the most important marketing tools in the movie industry. From movie posters, to publicity stills, to candid behind-the-scenes photos; these images have the difficult job of getting us interested in a film with a single glance.
Nobody can deny that this is a hard thing to do and when it’s done well we rightfully acknowledge it. For instance, who could forget the poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? The one featuring Uma Thurman laying on the bed smoking a cigarette with a handgun laying in front of her? Nobody knew what this movie was all about but the poster alone was enough to spark our curiosity.
On the other hand, sometimes promotional images simply try way too hard and end up becoming quite ridiculous. From low-budget ’80s horror movies to recent big-budget »
- Jesse Gumbarge
This is definitely the news of the week. Horror actor/director William Butler (Leatherface: TCM III, Night Of The Living Dead remake, director of Madhouse) has just announced The Survivors, an upcoming horror ensemble, featuring quite an impressive cast of some of horrors most beloved final girls, all banding together to stop a serial killer. This is a horror lover’s dream, as it’s always been a topic of conversation among fans regarding what it would be like if all of horror’s final girls got together to kick some ass and thansk to Butler and his Transition Entertainment company, that topic is about to see the light of day.
“Butler and writer Patrick J. Doody (Beneath) are currently penning the story for “The Survivors” a horror-action feature-film about a multi-generational group of strong female survivors who decide to get revenge as they ban to together and turn »
- Jerry Smith
“I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.” It may be hard to believe, but it’s been thirty years since Robert Englund’s Freddy Krueger said those words to Heather Langenkamp’s Nancy in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street. A 30th anniversary screening of the film is taking place at this year’s Film4 FrightFest, and Englund has been announced as a member of a guest lineup that includes Alan Moore.
Taking place at London’s Vue West End, the 15th Film4 FrightFest will run from August 21st – 25th. In addition to celebrating the 30th anniversary of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Robert Englund will also be unveiling his latest film, The Last Showing.
- Derek Anderson
I’ve always loved seeing Heather Langenkamp in things, as the Elm Street spotlight typically goes to Freddy himself, bypassing how integral the character of Nancy was in the original film. While Freddy is the star of the series in most fans’ eyes, my preferences tend to fall more with the protagonists of horror, and when someone does something heroic or special in real life, well that’s just awesome in itself. A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Heather Langenkamp recently made the awesome choice to take part in the first “Scares That Care’ haircut-auction, and filmmaker Michael Stever (Saturday Nightmares, It’S A Hard Act To Follow) was there to document the whole thing. We thought it would be awesome to share it with you fright fanatics, so feel free to check out the official press release, along with the video, documenting the special auction haircut.
“June 27, 28 & 29th 2014 marked »
- Jerry Smith
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
*Author’s Note: With this 3rd and final article on whether it’s time to say goodbye to the Halloween, Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises, the subject at hand is everybody’s favorite dream stalker, Freddy Krueger. Going on nine films having to do with Krueger, this editorial article takes you fans (and myself) through the Anoes series, and asks if you fans think that Freddy has anymore dreams to haunt. Read on!
Ending this short series of articles is somewhat bittersweet, as it’s been very nostalgic to look back throughout the films that I have spent so many hours of my life watching, enjoying, and now, dissecting. It’s helped me pinpoint where the Halloween series began to frustrate me, and where the Friday The 13th series began to make me downright upset. With the A Nightmare On Elm Street franchise though, things »
- Jerry Smith
Despite being fortunate enough to be raised on a healthy diet of horror, I can’t deny the fact I was born in 1990. I was born long after our most beloved genre actors got their start and made their mark in horror, and there are plenty of horror icons that I didn’t first see in their iconic roles. Tony Todd, Bruce Campbell, and Jamie Lee Curtis were three actors I was fortunate enough to see in their career changing roles. However, I know a good amount of horror icons from films they probably wish they could expunge from their resumes.
Horror Icon: Lance Henriksen
Role I Know: Kerchak from Disney’s Tarzan
- BJ Colangelo
A Nightmare On Elm Street - Freddy Krueger Cosplayer: Lollipop Bunnie * Photographer: Jota Jota RugalCLICK Here To See The Full Set Can your nightmares be fatal? In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movie franchise, a hideously scarred pedophile who was murdered by a lynch mob returns years later in the terrifying nightmares of his killers' teenage children -- and the dreaming teenagers are starting to die in their sleep. Starring Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Johnny Depp ("Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy"), Golden Globe-winner John Saxon ("Enter the Dragon," "The Appaloosa"), Heather Langenkamp (TV's "Just the Ten of Us") and Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger ("Urban Legend," "The Mangler"). Actors: Amanda Wyss, Blakely Ronee, Charles Fleischer, Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, Johnny Depp, Jsu Garcia, Nick Corri and Robert Englund. Director: Wes Craven »
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