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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
That '70s Show star Topher Grace wanted to learn how to edit film, so as an exercise, he took it upon himself to make a one-film cut with footage from the three Star Wars prequels, which includes Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. What resulted was an 85-minute sci-fi adventure that is lean, mean and has been quite enjoyed by those who've seen it. It was never meant to be released outside Topher Grace's circle of friends, but that might have changed after a couple years being asked repeatedly about it. We don't have a confirmed release date for Star Wars: Episode III.5, but we may finally get to see it as Topher has cut together and released a teaser trailer, which helps to remind fans why »
The sequel to Disney's 1975 smash Escape To Witch Mountain sees alien siblings Tony and Tia (Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards) return to Earth and straight into another adventure. Their supernatural powers come into play from the moment they land as they uncover a mind control plot led by villainous professor Victor (Christopher Lee) and his nasty benefactor Letha (Bette Davis). Outlandish fun for the kids with performances to match from the veterans. »
Most fans and collectors of vintage action figures have a soft spot for the toys turned out by Mego Corporation in the '70s. Their 8” action figure collections included classic monsters, Marvel and DC superheroes, and TV & movie characters based on everything from The Wizard of Oz to Charlie's Angels and Planet of the Apes. While Mego rode off into toy history in the early '80s (and we let out a collective sigh of mourning), custom artisans have taken it upon themselves to resurrect that company's style, from figure designs and costumes to the vintage box art. One of the new players in the retro-figure game is Thailand-based outfit Distinctive Dummies, who create limited-edition series of 8” retro-style horror movie figures, in addition to their original 12” figure line. Distinctive's limited editions include incredible likenesses of Vincent Price's characters in The Abominable Dr. Phibes and House on Haunted Hill (including »
- Gregory Burkart
When it comes to movie monsters, there is no comparison. Dinner with a zombie would inevitably get messy. Frankenstein's Monster is a lousy conversationalist. Werewolves are boring three weeks out of every four.
But vampires? Now you're talking. Vampires are suave, stylish and sexy. Even when they turn on you, you get the benefit of eternal youth and an excuse to stay up all night, every night.
The simplest way to become a vampire is to don fake teeth and fangs very much, I vant to suck your blood. Yet Max Schreck went much further, perfecting a chillingly inhuman look as Nosferatu with a bald head, rat's ears and long nails.
The reclusive Schreck kept his acting »
Although Hammer Films will always be associated with British horror, the studio did have stiff competition. Amicus specialised in the successful horror anthologies and Us counterparts American International Pictures established a permanent UK base in the mid sixties. Other smaller independents took their own bite from the cherry tree of horror with some success, the best known being Tigon Films.
Tigon has received some belated recognition in recent years. Andy Boot’s book on British horror Fragments of Fear devotes a chapter to the company while John Hamilton’s excellent book Beast in the Cellar covers the varied career of Tigon’s charismatic founder Tony Tenser.
Like Hammer’s Sir James Carreras, Tenser was one of the British Film Industry’s great entrepreneurs. Born in London to poor Lithuanian immigrants and a movie fan since childhood, he was an ambitious man with a natural talent for showmanship. Combining shrewd business »
Voluptuous vampire vixens, undead slaves, cobra-women, grisly murders and creepy aliens. Yes, Hammer heaven continues throughout March as the UK’s number one TV destination for all things horror brings you five more Hammer horror double-bills, which broadcast from Sat March 1st – Sat March 29th from 9.00pm on the Horror Channel!
Sat 1 March @ 21:00 – The Plague Of The Zombies (1966)
Directed by John Gilling, this is Hammer’s sole foray into the Zombie genre and centres on a mad Cornish squire who solves a labour crisis in his tin mines by turning local villagers into voodoo-controlled zombies. Dr. Thompson (Brook Williams) and his daughter Alice (Jacqueline Pearce) soon discover the unpleasant nocturnal habits of the shambling undead slaves, and Sir James Forbes (André Morell) arrives to investigate.
Sat 1 March @ 22:45 – Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)
Considered one of the last great Hammer films, this swash-buckling vampire yarn, features a master swordsman, a »
- David Agnew
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 06:24
Whether they're bleak, shocking or sad, the endings to these 22 movies have haunted us for years...
Warning: There are spoilers to the endings for every film we talk about in this article. So if you don't want to know an ending for a film, then don't read that entry.
It's probably best to start by talking about what this article isn't. It's not a list of the best movie endings, the best twists, the most depressing endings or anything like that. Instead, we're focusing here on the endings that seeped into our brain and stayed there for some time after we'd seen the film. The endings that provoke in an interesting way, and haunt you for days afterwards.
As such, whilst not every ending we're going to talk about here is a flat out classic - although lots of them are »
It’s a familiar and ever recurring theme in the cinema that some actors and actresses are hand-picked for the same sort of roles time and time again. Sometimes this can translate into literally playing the same character in almost every film, for example Stallone/Schwarzenegger, or Jack Black. Other times you just need someone who can fill a role similar in principle to most of their other parts, but with subtle changes depending on the mood of the movie, such as Scarlett Johansson. But then you just have the actors who are more or less stealing a living by doing the exact same thing every single time they turn up on set…because they aren’t even acting.
As an honorable mention for an example, we’ll use Sir Christopher Lee’s appearance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, where he played all round nasty-moody wizard Saruman. »
- Stephen Kennedy
Review written by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Director: Dario Argento
It took me a while to warm up to Francis Ford Coppola’s take on Dracula from 1992. No cape, and morphing from an old guy in a geisha outfit to one of the Doobie Brothers in a Victorian pimp suit. I was accustomed to the refined stylings of Christopher Lee and Frank Langella. I’m glad, because even more takes on the classic vampire tale would follow, and being a purist just isn’t conducive to having an open mind.
There have been Italian vampire tales before, but never by the master of the giallo himself. I’ve got a good friend who summed up Italian horror cinema perfectly. »
In the long history of horror fiction, few characters are as iconic and well-known as the Frankenstein monster. Mary Shelley’s creation has appeared hundreds of times across different media, and his name and image are instantly recognizable the world over. While the most famous cinematic depiction of the creature is, of course, Boris Karloff in James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), many other actors have played the role over the years, including Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Christopher Lee, David Prowse, Clancy Brown, Chris Sarandon, and Robert De Niro. Now we have I, Frankenstein, a fantasy-action film based on the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux and starring Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster. Despite some nice visuals and a good cast, I, Frankenstein is pretty mediocre overall, and largely squanders what potential it did have.
Shortly after the death of his creator in 1795, the Frankenstein »
- Timothy Monforton
Dracula: The Dark Prince, 2013.
Directed by Pearry Reginald Teo.
In his quest to find the only weapon powerful enough to destroy him, Dracula (Roberts) falls in love with Alina (Kelly Wenham), a woman who bears a striking resemblance to his long-deceased bride. He then has her kidnapped and taken to his home where he plans on seducing her, but with the legendary vampire hunter Van Helsing (Voight) in hot pursuit, he'll have to act fast to win her over...
If you’ve ever felt that there weren’t quite enough cinematic offerings about Dracula, then you might be pleased to know the just for good measure we have another adaptation coming straight to Netflix. Hollywood hasn’t been blessed with originality for years, and in recent times the amount of sequels, remakes, re-imaginings, or rip offs has become almost epidemic. »
- Gary Collinson
Without putting too much emphasis on it, Skyrim is an epic game, using the word in its truest form. With its convoluted storyline, massive landscapes and Norse-esque lore, it’s a game that has so much to explore and so much complex back story to uncover.
Fighting dragons is completely badass and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Combined with everything it has to offer, Skyrim is one of the most metal games to be released. Heroic battles are rampant throughout and mead and meat are served in local taverns by buxom wenches. In fact it’s so epic, it’s surprising Christopher Lee hasn’t released an album as the sound track to it.
You could literally play any part of this game along with your favourite heavy metal CD and it would fit perfectly. We here at WhatCulture have gone a bit further and »
- Andrew Heaton
Feature James Clayton 31 Jan 2014 - 07:30
"We belong dead." Frankenstein's Monster in Bride Of Frankenstein (1935).
No, friend, you don’t belong dead. The masses definitely disagree with the Monster. (Ignore the mob of parochial peasants bearing pitchforks and flaming torches, because they're only film extras and their opinion on anything doesn't matter.)
Time has proved that Frankenstein's Monster (a.k.a. The Creature) is eternally popular and ever- relevant and, thus, should never be allowed to just die.
He's easy to revive. A few zaps of electricity and some dramatic lighting and, oh God! It's alive! It's alive! He is, indeed, alive again, shaped like Aaron Eckhart and gracing the big screen now that fresh release I, Frankenstein has found its way into theatres. You needn't worry if you don't get a chance »
What do the secretive men inside the Daft Punk helmets actually look like? Chris Lee profiles the duo, which won Sunday's top Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo speak fluent English and work inside the Jim Henson complex in Hollywood. Since 2001, they have refused to appear in public without their robot disguises, but at a Grammy after-party they took off their helmets and celebrated with a celebrity crowd including Beyonce, Jay-z, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and Jared Leto. L.A. Times. The rumors are not true that there will be a four-hour director's cut of "The Wolf of Wall Street" on Blu-ray. Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese edited down a much longer rough cut to the three-hour version currently in theaters. Without yet announcing a release date, Paramount says that "there is not a director's cut version of the film for home »
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