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The Death Kiss | Blu-ray Review

21 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Kino Classics refurbishes public domain title The Death Kiss, a 1932 release made purely to capitalize off the success of Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula by casting three of the main leads from that film. The title retains little interest except for Lugosi completists, who isn’t given much to do this time around as a rather miffed film studio manager. However, film historians may appreciate the film for its locale, set almost entirely within the back lot of what was termed a Poverty Row studio, shackled by the meager prospects of the Great Depression.

As director Tom Avery (Edward Van Sloan) films his final sequence on his new film The Death Kiss at the sound stage of Tonart Studios in Los Angeles, his lead actor Myles Brent (Edmund Burns) is shot with a real bullet. All the prop guns on set are checked. Investigating Detective Lt. Sheehan (John Wray) and Sergeant »

- Nicholas Bell

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From Vampires to Cave Girls: The History of Hammer Films

13 October 2014 9:01 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

That a little studio located in the English countryside consistently put out high quality films on a very limited budget is one of the great stories in filmmaking history. Hammer Films was the most successful independent film company ever, producing comedy, drama, mysteries, and war movies before finding their niche in horror. Hammer became a name synonymous with horror, a name that still means something today.

They took their horror stories from English literature set in Europe in the 19th century and their carefully designed and constructed sets created an atmosphere that made the time and place as much a part of the film as the story. After securing remake rights from Universal for their catalog of classics from the 1930s and 1940s, Hammer became the leading producer of horror films. Hammer’s philosophy was straightforward: always be entertaining, have plenty of sex appeal, and lots of violence and blood. »

- Gregory Small

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Dracula Untold | Review

10 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Play It Again, Vlad: Shiner’s Debut Attempts to Reboot Legendary Monster

It’s a bit hard on the undead when you shackle their malevolent natures into the censorship of the PG-13 vehicle, one of many reasons that Gary Shiner’s directorial debut, Dracula Untold, doesn’t quite fly right. Another attempt to reboot its slim grab bag of classic movie monsters, Universal at least manages to buoy this bastardization with a decent budget, though its nonsensical narrative isn’t much better than the stench of I, Frankenstein. Cinema’s greatest villains are being replaced by hunky, B-grade actors (sorry to lump you in there Aaron Eckhart) that now have to compete with the action extravaganzas of the Marvel glut at the box office, and until that ever ends, all these reboots can do is reflect what they are—pale, lifeless, inferior copies of the original material they keep recycling. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Dracula Untold – The Review

10 October 2014 8:41 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oh, what Marvel Studios hath wrought! In 2012 their movie universe was brought together with Marvel’S The Avengers which became the number three top grossing film of all time. Leading up to that flick and in the follow-ups, characters like Nick Fury and the Black Widow bounced about from franchise to franchise along with countless dialogue references. Well, the studios that had already licensed Marvel characters are attempting the same kind of “synergy”. At Sony, Spider-Man will have spin-offs with supporting characters and even villains, like Venom and the Sinister Six. There’s even talk of the X-Men bumping into the Fantastic Four over at Fox. Finally Warners, with their DC comics’ icons, has followed Marvel’s lead by pitting Superman and Batman in 2016, setting a foundation for their own hero team, the Justice League. Now, how will Universal Studios have a shared movie universe?  Since a comic book company »

- Jim Batts

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The fall and rise of the werewolf in cinema

10 October 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With WolfCop out now on disc, Ryan takes a look at how werewolf myths have faded in and out of cinema history...

It might seem strange, from our interconnected, know-it-all 21st century perspective, that people really did once believe that werewolves existed. Legends of wolf-men date back to antiquity, but really began to bite into society’s fear centres in Europe of the Middle Ages.

Take, for example, Peter Stumpp, a 16th century man whose strange story was related in a pamphlet published shortly after his death. A resident of a small town in Cologne, Stumpp claimed to have been given a belt of wolf skin by the Devil, which when worn, gave him the ability to transform into a wolf. In this form, Stumpp said he’d killed and eaten a dozen or so people over the course of 25 years - crimes described in grisly detail in that old pamphlet. »

- ryanlambie

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'Dracula Untold' (2014) Movie Review

9 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's sad to see Universal marketing Dracula Untold as some sort of continuation of their classic monster series, which began with Lon Chaney back in the early '20s and saw Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi take over in the '30s, with Lugosi playing what may be the most iconic version of Dracula to date. To suggest this glossy, all over the place prequel to Bram Stoker's tale is in any way comparable to the now-considered classics is to have your head buried in the sand. Certainly the non-discerning young audience this film targets may find it somewhat entertaining, but if you're looking for any semblance of logical storytelling and/or narrative intrigue you've come to the wrong place. All begins as you'd expect, with a lengthy monologue telling us it's the "year of our Lord 1462", which, I have to ask, does adding "of our Lord" add anything »

- Brad Brevet

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11 Freaky Pop-Culture Sideshows

9 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

American Horror Story: Freak Show debuted last night, heir to a long legacy of stories built around the weird world of sideshows and human oddities. If Ahs has whet your appetite for more of the same, step right up and peer behind the curtain for 11 strange and splendid displays of fiction at its freakiest. Freaks Based loosely on Tod Robbins’s 1923 short story “Spurs,” Tod Browning’s 1932 pre-code horror flick stands alone as a subgenre of one. Freaks is notable mostly for its inversion of the traditional evil-freaks-versus-good-guy-normals: In Freaks, the human oddities and sideshow performers are sympathetic and humanized as they face off against a predatory trapeze artist and her strongman boyfriend. The movie was a spectacular flop — it all but destroyed the career of Browning, who had directed Bela Lugosi in Dracula the year prior, and was blamed for at least one miscarriage when it was »

- Rachel Edidin

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Watch Bela Lugosi’s Dracula Come to Life on the Etch A Sketch

8 October 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Etch A Sketch is the source of wonder and frustration. Few toys can equal its seemingly magic ability to bring your creations to life, though patience and skill are required. George Vlosich has both and is a master of the Etch A Sketch knobs, and with Halloween coming up, he has etched and sketched a beautiful rendering of Bela Lugosi’s Count Dracula and Helen Chandler’s Mina from 1931’s Dracula.

The post Watch Bela Lugosi’s Dracula Come to Life on the Etch A Sketch appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe! – ‘Classic Film Series’

6 October 2014 8:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Abbott: “You’re making enough noise to wake up the dead! “

Costello: “I don’t have to wake him up. He’s up!”

Abbott And Costeelo Meet Frankenstein Screens Saturday October 11th at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo) at 10:30am.

It’s interesting that Lou Costello initially was reluctant to do Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein, since it became probably the most popular and successful instalment in their career. It was so popular, in fact, that many of the Abbott & Costello movies to follow were along similar lines — they would go on to meet The Mummy, The Invisible Man and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. You can sort of see where he was coming from … horror/comedy isn’t exactly a highly respected genre, although there have been several classics in it since (Young Frankesntein comes to mind).

The story starts when »

- Tom Stockman

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Why horror games are scarier than horror movies

6 October 2014 4:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The release of The Evil Within has us thinking about the power of horror games, and how they're now even scarier than horror movies...

Midnight. Darkness surrounds my coastal home, its sparse interior illuminated by shards of moonlight reflected from the sea. I look out through the tiny windows of the back door. I think I've prepared well for the long night ahead, but I've made a foolish error: I haven't got anything to eat, and I'm beginning to get hungry.

I glance left and right at the small view through the little windows. No obvious sign of danger. No tell-tale sounds of monsters snorting and shuffling in the night.

Taking a deep breath, I open the door and step out in the starry night, and within a few paces, I've found some mushrooms growing beneath a tree. There's nothing but the sound of the waves breaking gently on the shore. »

- ryanlambie

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Dracula Untold, Dracula undying, Dracula overdone?

2 October 2014 6:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dracula Untold bites the UK box office this week, but are we reaching vampire overload, James wonders...

Drac is back (in, erm, black, but we're not going to crank AC/DC because it's cliché, it's anachronistic in this medieval setting and it might be mistaken as a reference to Iron Man). If you go to your local cinema this weekend you can see Dracula Untold which has Luke Evans vamping it up as the latest incarnation of the most infamous bloodsucker in cultural history.

Once the movie has been seen the title should be changed to 'Dracula Told' because then it won't be a story 'Untold' but, ah, I digress. The important thing to know is that audiences are going to get to enjoy a new movie expanding the Dracula mythos and this one has a lot to offer cinemagoers getting into the horror mindset in the Halloween month.

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- ryanlambie

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Ten Best: Unforgettable Dracula Performances

1 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Horror cinema has a long tradition of creating iconic characters and none more so than those borne in the early days of the genre: characters such as Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, of course, Dracula – the king of horror. A character who, despite his many cinematic deaths, always returns to the silver screen for one more bite of flesh… As he does this week in Dracula Untold, which features Luke Evans as the evil Vlad Tepes.

With that in mind we thought we’d rundown the ten best unforgettable Dracula performances in cinema. Check them out below and let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree!

Christopher LeeDracula (1958)

Dracula (1958) is the first in the series of Hammer Horror films. Directed by Terence Fisher, Dracula (1958) stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh and Michael Gough. Retitled Horror of Dracula »

- Phil Wheat

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Dracula Untold review

29 September 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Telling the origins of the Prince of Darkness, Dracula Untold is a dark action fantasy starring Luke Evans. Here's Duncan's review...

Dracula has been a popular draw for cinema audiences since the earliest days of cinema. Just the mere mention of the name will conjure up a variety of actors who’ve made the Transylvanian blood sucker their own, from Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee to Gary Oldman and, er, Dominic Purcell. Very little screen time has been devoted to Dracula’s origins, though, so in keeping with the year one (Untold’s original title) trend that’s punctuated many a movie re-launch over the past decade or so -  in the likes of Casino Royale and X-Men: First Class - the prince of darkness finally has a little light shone on how he came to be.

Dracula Untold's opening sees first-time feature director Gary Shore’s unique visual »

- ryanlambie

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Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein Screens October 2nd at Schlafly Bottleworks

22 September 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Abbott: “You’re making enough noise to wake up the dead! “

Costello: “I don’t have to wake him up. He’s up!”

Abbott And Costeelo Meet Frankenstein Screens October 2nd at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood

It’s interesting that Lou Costello initially was reluctant to do Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein, since it became probably the most popular and successful instalment in their career. It was so popular, in fact, that many of the Abbott & Costello movies to follow were along similar lines — they would go on to meet The Mummy, The Invisible Man and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. You can sort of see where he was coming from … horror/comedy isn’t exactly a highly respected genre, although there have been several classics in it since (Young Frankesntein comes to mind).

The story starts when a couple of crates arrive in the Us, to an »

- Tom Stockman

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Nycc-Exclusive Nes Freddy Krueger & Jason Voorhees ReAction Figures Revealed

20 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In addition to terrorizing teenagers on the silver screen, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees stalked and slashed 8-bit characters in the worlds of two 1989 Nes games appropriately titled A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Nostalgic gamers can rejoice now that Funko and Super7 have captured the garish garb of the Nes versions of Freddy and Jason with new Nycc-exclusive ReAction figures.

The Nes Freddy and Jason figures will be available exclusively at Toy Tokyo’s booth at the New York Comic Con, which runs from October 9th – 12th at New York City’s Javits Center, and we have a look at the figures below (thanks to Toy Tokyo for the image!).

As a reminder, Funko and Super7’s ReAction Horror Series figures and Universal Monsters figures are now available. Similar to previous releases, the figures are 3 3/4 inches and come in retro Kenner-like packaging. These figures are priced at $9.99 apiece. »

- Derek Anderson

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The World Needs A Monster In First Dracula Untold Clip

16 September 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit that I am a big fan of vampires. By vampires, I mean proper vampires: blood-sucking Nosferatus with pallid skin and bloody fangs whose ultimate goal is to create an army of the undead, or something like that. As a result, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to almost any new attempt to tell a vampire story. But with the upcoming Dracula Untold looking more and more like Underworld Redux, it’s a bit of a struggle even for me.

Dracula Untold is not, as might be hoped, the true story of Vlad Tepes, the Romanian ruler whose reputation as “Vlad the Impaler” partially inspired author Bram Stoker to create his famous vampire. No, Dracula Untold is a vampire movie about how Vlad transforms into a bloodsucker in order to keep the peace in Transylvania and stop Mehmet »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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See How Terrifying Dracula Untold Looks

15 September 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Bram Stoker.s Dracula is one of the most enduring works of horror fiction. The book has spawned what feels like a billion films about the vampiric count and his lust for blood, with actors like Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee classically donning the donning the fangs. Luke Evans is the latest leading man to bring the character to life, but will his work compare with that of the greats? See for yourself in these new clips for Dracula Untold. Coming Soon shared two new previews for the upcoming feature, which looks to merge historical fact and popular fiction in an effort to create an origin story for one of cinema.s most enduring monsters. Evans will play Vlad Tepes (better known as Vlad the Impaler), the real life-inspiration for Stoker.s Count. Old Vlad earned his nickname because he had a propensity for impaling his enemies on giant pikes »

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Brand New 'Dracula Untold' Clip Shows Evans Going Bad Plus Extended TV Spot

15 September 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

As you likely know by now, Hollywood is taking another crack at Dracula. Yes, pop culture's most famous vampire is about to make his gazillionth appearance on-screen in Dracula Untold. This time, the man taking on the storied role of Dracula is Luke Evans. His name will now sit on a list that includes the likes of Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler, and many, many more who have played the fanged mad man. 

This iteration of the vampire extraordinaire will seemingly position him as a sort of anti-hero. Here's an all-new clip, showing the character's descent into darkness:

Here is the extended TV spot for the film.

Dracula Untold is directed Gary Shore, who is making his feature directorial debut. It will make its way into cinemas on October 10. The cast also includes Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Sarah Gadon (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Charlie Cox (Daredevil), and »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Venice Film Review: ‘Burying the Ex’

4 September 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“He took what could have been B-movie exploitation and made it into arthouse cinema,” gush two Val Lewton enthusiasts at one point in Joe Dante’s comedy-horror doodle “Burying the Ex.” Dante, by contrast, has no such intentions with this of a nerdy horror fanatic (Anton Yelchin) struggling to shake the zombified, zealously clingy corpse of his micromanaging g.f. (Ashley Greene). Unflattering similarities to the recent, superior zom-rom-com “Life After Beth” aren’t the only factor portending a swift interment for this listless return from the beloved director, with VOD the likeliest avenue of access for devoted cultists.

Four years have passed since Dante last came to the Lido with his nifty 3D kids’ adventure “The Hole,” an imperfect effort that nonetheless suggested the alterna-Spielberg of the multiplex had regained some of his energy and invention. His idiosyncrasies have been firmly tamped down, however, in this visually inert new effort, »

- Guy Lodge

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Throwback Thursday: The Wolf Man

3 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Universal Pictures didn’t own a chain of movie theaters, as Warner Bros., Paramount, Fox, MGM, and Rko did, so it had a tougher time getting premium bookings for its product, but in early 1942 they scored with a double bill of The Wolf Man and The Mad Doctor of Market Street in Los Angeles. Not to leave any stone unturned, the Vogue Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard added a live horror stage-show featuring Wolf Man costar Bela Lugosi. You could see it all for as little as 30 cents (plus tax)!

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- Leonard Maltin

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