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Feature Alex Westthorp 16 Apr 2014 - 07:00
In March 1981, as he made his Doctor Who debut, Peter Davison was already one the best known faces on British television. Not only was he the star of both a BBC and an ITV sitcom - Sink Or Swim and Holding The Fort - but as the young and slightly reckless Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great And Small, about the often humorous cases of Yorkshire vet James Herriot and his colleagues, he had cemented his stardom. The part led, indirectly, to his casting as the venerable Time Lord.
As the undisputed king of American gothic, Vincent Price holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher (1960), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge. »
To mark the release of Hammer’s The Quiet Ones (in cinemas now – our review here) we look at some of Hammer Films’ greatest scary moments! That Hammer’s power to shock has diminished over the years is no surprise. An ever-increasing permissiveness and escalating developments in special effects mean that films so terrifying that they threatened the security of your very soul back in 1956, now make an ideal afternoon viewing companion to a pot of tea and a hot buttered crumpet. Horror movies have spent each of the last 100 years trying to outdo a previously existing outrage, so the limitations of 1960s special effects teams are often made laughable by the sophistication and realism of 21st century blood-letting.
However, there is still something inexplicably chilling about Hammer films at their best; something primal about the unease they create. The ‘Bad Man in The Forest,’ usually represented by Christopher Lee, »
- Cai Ross
Hammer release their latest film tomorrow and though we’re a long way from the dread sight of Christopher Lee’s blood-red eyes staring into our soul there is a tangible sense of anticipation for each new release.
The Quiet Ones, which is included on this list, may not leap out at you as a must-see but it has a fine cast and a great concept (to create a ghost, rather than to find one). Bradley Hanson has chosen ten horrors out this year which you may not have heard of, but which you need to remember.
Here we look at the top ten horror films expected to be released in 2014, it was a tough choice whittling down to a meagre ten. So what thrills, spills, splatters and chills can we expect in the year to come?
Did we miss any you’re looking forward to? Leave us a comment »
- Brad Hanson
News Louisa Mellor 10 Apr 2014 - 10:15
Contains spoilers for The Musketeers series one finale.
Now that Peter Capaldi's swapped 17th century Paris for the Tardis, a villain-shaped hole was left in the now-filming second series of The Musketeers. Enter Marc Warren (Hustle, Mad Dogs), who has joined the BBC Sunday night drama as a series two regular.
Warren plays Rochefort in the second series, a man described by the official press bumf as "nursing many secrets and a dark past". Dangerous and charming, Rochefort also has, we're told, "a sinister web". Nasty.
The Comte de Rochefort is an antagonist created by Alexandre Dumas and has appeared in a number of Musketeers adaptations over the years, played by the likes of Christopher Lee (in the 1970s Musketeers trilogy) and most recently, Hannibal Lecter himself, »
This weekend, get ready to fall in love.
"Only Lovers Left Alive," the latest oddball concoction from American auteur Jim Jarmusch ("Mystery Train," "Ghost Dog"), is a flawless jewel of a movie -- a sweeping love story about two disaffected vampires, named, of course, Adam and Eve. As played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton they are the kind of creatures of the night that you are just dying to hang out with.
We were granted an audience with the queen, aka Tilda Swinton, at this year's SXSW Film Festival, where the movie played to a rapturous audience response. Talking to Swinton, even for a few minutes, gives you a euphoric high -- she is so thoughtful and precise and emotionally articulate (things that, it goes without saying, most actors are not). It's hard to not want to spend a lifetime just chatting with her (the bloodsucking aspect of a »
- Drew Taylor
Mark Rylance has joined the cast of Walt Disney Pictures' Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass . Variety reports that the actor, best known for his stage work, will play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter in director James Bobin's followup to Tim Burton's 2010 box office hit. The original film, itself a sequel of sorts to Carroll's 19th century texts, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass," starred Mia Wasikowska alongside Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse and Barbara Windsor and grossed more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Linda Woolverton, who scripted the »
It has been dismissed over the years as cheesy, cheap and laughable but, as has been the case on many occasions, Hammer Films have had the last laugh. They boast a back-catalogue that is to horror movies what The Rolling Stones’ discography is to rock music. Fifty-nine years after the release of their first horror movie proper (The Quatermass Xperiment), Hammer’s films have survived scrutiny and re-evaluation and have now attained National Treasure status. Moreover, in terms of sheer importance, the Hammer films were some of the most influential of the past half-century. The ripple-effect of their imitators cashing in on their success would beget the careers of some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.
And yet since 1984 Hammer has been a dormant entity, existing only in the memory: a pile of ashes, a cape and a signet ring waiting to be reanimated by the crimson, jugular discharge of some poor, »
- Cai Ross
Feature Alex Westthorp 9 Apr 2014 - 07:00
Like their fellow Time Lord actors, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker also shared certain genres of film. Both appeared, before and after their time as the Doctor, in horror movies and both worked on Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.
Patrick George Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London on March 25th 1920. He made his film debut aged 28 in the 1948 B-Movie The Escape. Troughton's was a very minor role. Among the better known cast was William Hartnell, though even Hartnell's role was small and the two didn't share any scenes together. From the late Forties, Troughton found more success on the small screen, »
What makes films about religion so interesting is the way some manage to tread a line between support and criticism, while some are vehemently anti-religion or pro-religion. When all is said and done, it’s up to the audience to decide whether or not the film (or the faith portrayed) is a respectful or perceptive study on faith and the dogmatic principles that may or may not surround it. Not every religious film is uplifting. In fact, there are plenty of non-religious films that do a better job of building viewers’ faith. But that’s another list for another time.
30. Beyond the Hills (2012)
Directed by Cristian Mingiu
Five years after his punishing 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Christian Mingiu delivered an interesting look at a lifelong friendship formed at an orphanage. Beyond the Hills tells the story of two women, based on non-fiction novels by Tatiana Niculescu Bran: Alina (Cristina Flutur) has fled to Germany, »
- Joshua Gaul
Let’s face it: being bad is always so much more interesting than being good. Much of my early years were spent in a small church, filled with many youth sleepovers in which a young Jerry would get scared shitless by people saying that Satanists were kidnapping and killing kids everywhere and that I would burn in hell if I listened to metal or watched horror films. Bummer for those folks, because talks of cults and the devil and metal and horror films only led to what ended up becoming an obsession, due to those subjects being so “bad” and taboo.
I grew up with an obsession and adoration of horror films involving cults, the devil and witches, and since April is Icons of Fright’s 10-year anniversary, we wanted to provide a nonstop assault of fun, original content, all written in our own respective voices. When thinking of that, »
- Jerry Smith
Well, the big day is finally here! After leading the Avengers in stopping an alien invasion Summer before last, our favorite shield-slinger returns to the multiplexes in an all new solo adventure (well, he’s got some help from the Black Widow and the high-flyin’ Falcon)! Before you head out, you may want to brush up on all things Steve Rogers (don’t worry, this won’t be on the final!)! Have fun and buy bonds!
Read my original review of Captain America Here.
Here’s my original article that ran on Wamg before Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011.
The very first appearance of the sentinel of liberty.
Okay fellow movie geeks! Ready for a bit of pop culture history? Before you head out to the multiplex this weekend to see Paramount’s Captain America: The First Avenger, let’s get better acquainted with the story of this star-spangled superhero. »
- Jim Batts
Cinema Epoch has recently acquired the rights to two films: Jinnah (1998), starring Sir Christopher Lee, in what some consider to be the finest and most important role of his illustrious career as Mohamaad Ali Jinnah, the little-known founder of Pakistan who, in 1947, achieved independence for the country peaceably from Colonial India; and Creeporia (2014), an epic live-action/animated horror-comedy that runs 270 minutes and was written, produced and directed by John Semper Jr.
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- Jonathan Stryker
Back in August 2012 when the world’s attention was squarely focussed on London, down in Wales, and in point of fact Bridgend, a quiet town just outside Cardiff, in a warehouse in an industrial estate of all places, a brand new science fiction film was being filmed, one that takes place in a world dissimilar enough to where we are. “We haven’t seen much of it [Bridgend] because we’ve been filming in here [The Warehouse], this is an underground bunker, and we’re shooting in a real MoD site in St. Athans, which is just outside Cardiff, so we’re using that as the exterior.” producer John Giwa-Amu tells us as we sit down for an introduction to The Machine in the back of the warehouse, where light breaks into the room just enough to remind some of the cast and crew what the outside world is like.
In an effort »
- Andrew Jones
The company is keen to adapt feature films such as the 1973 horror movie for the small screen, after being acquired by Studio Canal last year.
"This is one part of a fairly substantial expansion ambition that we have while keeping our domestic projects going."
The movie gained a cult following after its release in the '70s and spawned a 2006 remake starring Nicolas Cage. »
Helena Bonham Carter is making plans to return to Wonderland. Variety reports that she's now set to reprise her Alice in Wonderland role as the Red Queen for director James Bobin's upcoming sequel, Through the Looking Glass . The original film, itself a sequel of sorts to Carroll's 19th century texts, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass," was directed by Tim Burton and starred Johnny Depp alongside Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse and Barbara Windsor and grossed more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Linda Woolverton, who scripted the Burton film, is again providing »
When it comes to scary, it’s not the monsters or ghosts that do it for me. The most terrifying thing is an individual who can convince an entire group of people to follow one belief. Even more terrifying than the leader are the people within the group, whose views are so extreme that they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a prophecy. Recently, cults have made their way back onto our screens with the hit HBO series True Detective and the upcoming Ti West horror feature The Sacrament. In honor of my cult fascination, I take a look at some of the creepiest cults in the horror genre, and learn that evil always prevails. To the Devil…a Daughter (1976) When a father is trying to save his daughter from Satanists, naturally he would seek help from a writer who specializes in the occult. Author John Verney »
- Amanda Tullos
As horror fans, we make it our business to know the most obscure details about our favorite films. We watch the bonus features on the Special Edition releases of our favorite DVDs; we read retrospectives and interviews in support of our most beloved titles. But even the most diligent fan is bound to miss something along the way. So, to help you get the lowdown, we're launching a new segment that rounds up some lesser-known trivia from your favorite horror films.
For this installment, we're setting our sights on the 1978 classic Halloween. Most horror fans probably know that the Michael Myers mask used in Halloween was a William Shatner mask with a few modifications but we have uncovered some lesser-known facts for your reading enjoyment. Feast your eyes on 10 things you may not have known about John Carpenter’s Halloween.
The man who portrayed ‘The Shape’ later collaborated with John Carpenter »
- Tyler Doupe
What is it about immortal beings with an insatiable hunger for blood that has captured our imaginations for so many years? Vampires have moved from folk legend to literature to cinema to television and from horror to fantasy to somewhere in between, and yet their popularity remains undiminished. TV may be their newest home (although not as new as you might think), but it has reinvented and reimagined bloodsuckers to produce some of the most compelling genre shows ever made.
In this article we’re listing the best of the best vampire TV shows, right from the earliest efforts to the present day. It seems that every time someone declares that vampire shows should be left to rest in peace, they rise with renewed strength and vigour and sink their teeth into us once again. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
8. Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows aired on »
- Grace Murray
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.
A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.
The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the »
- Don Groves
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