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The character of Igor has become part of horror movie lore, thanks to horror film legend Bela Lugosi who played him in the Son of Frankenstein and the Ghost of Frankenstein (See picture above) as well as Marty Feldman who played the hilarious parody character Eye-Gore from Young Frankenstein. The first image that comes to mind of Igor is of a crazed, misshapen guy, dressed in peasant clothes. However, we’ll be getting a new interpretation of the character in director Paul McGuigan’s currently-filming Frankenstein.
Daniel Radcliff continues to distance himself from Harry Potter-type roles, and is taking on the part of Igor. However, he will be playing a more attractive and well-dressed version of the character. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Season 5 of "The Voice" has become something of a spectator sport for returning coach CeeLo Green ever since he lost his final Team CeeLo artist when the Top 8 was whittled down to the Top 6. But don't count him out completely.
Speaking with reporters backstage after Tuesday's (Dec. 3) episode, Green admitted that he's hoping to have a hand in at least one artist's remaining weeks on the show. "You know Cole [Vosbury,] who's on Team Blake [Shelton] now, was originally discovered by me," he says. "No one turned around for Cole but me. I'm so pleasantly surprised that he's still in the race. I support him and so, I'm going to go over tomorrow and visit with him and see what's going on, see if I can put my two cents in."
Cole and his coach may need all the help they can get, with rival coach Adam Levine absolutely dominating the season, »
Vampires on TV aren’t anything new. From Grandpa Munster to Benny Lafitte, viewers have seen a variety of them. Some are funny, some are grotesque, and some are such wildly overblown paragons of sexy masculinity that the reach an unparalleled level of ridiculousness. No matter your favorite flavor, these days, you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a vampire to strike your fancy.
“The Munsters” has always been one of my favorites, just because Grandpa Munster was so darn lovable. Oh, of course he had fangs and the whole Bela Lugosi formal outfit thing going on, but Grandpa Munster really meant well. He was dedicated to working in his lab and he tried to help his family at every opportunity. Herman got in the way entirely too much, but Grandpa Munster still had grudging affection for him. He was kind of like a wayward pet.
“The Munsters” turned the »
Without a doubt, when I was looking through the schedule for the first day of Stan Lee’S Comikaze, “Vampires In Pop Culture And Myth” stood out as the must-see. This was due not only to my love of monsters, but also to a star-studded panel moderated by Buffy and Angel star Juliet Landau (Drusilla!), who was joined by the masterminds of Grimm, writers David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf (who also worked on Buffy and Angel), Mariana Klaveno of True Blood fame (Lorena to you), musician David J (from the bands Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Gavin Hignight of FEARnet, and Georges Jeanty, the artist for Buffy Season 8, 9, and for the upcoming Firefly series.
The panel came together, in part, due to a feature length documentary in the works from Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes, a project that will explore many of the themes and topics discussed in the panel. I »
- Andy Greene
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 1 Nov 2013 - 06:28
Next year’s full of potentially great films, so to help, here’s a list of 25 movies we're most looking forward to in 2014...
These lists of anticipated forthcoming movies have become an annual fixture by now, and as ever, our selection has been tricky to whittle down. In restricting our list to just 25, we've tried to create a mix of the high-profile and the less obvious. Movies such as Non-Stop, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Big Hero Six and Edge Of Tomorrow came close but didn't quite make the cut, even though they have much to offer for their own reasons.
Furthermore, given the number of films competing for space, we've left the latest chapters of The Hunger Games and The Hobbit off the list. We're keen to see both, but we're wary of taking up slots with movies »
One of the best things about working at a record store for a good portion of my young adult life was that I was turned onto so much music that I otherwise would've never heard. Before I got to tackle fixing the "horror" section in video at Tower Records or creating the foam core art displays that dressed the store, I was assigned the "world" section. I knew nothing about World Music, but it was in the Jazz room, which also harbored some of the weirder more obscure stuff sold on CD. One October, I stumbled upon a promo CD for an album titled "Music Of The Vampires" which featured 8 original songs composed, arranged and performed by a musician named Matt Fink. This was around 1994 that this CD came into circulation and although Fink would long be associated with horror themed music, at the time I was unfamiliar with his work. »
- Rob Galluzzo
Looking for suggestions of what to watch this Halloween night? Well, the Internet Movie Database may just have the exact recipe you're looking for to add a heaping helping of spooky to your evening!
"Not long after the Rubik's cube was introduced to Americans came this tale of a different kind of puzzle box, the kind you really don't want to solve...or open. While the creepy Cenobites promise their victims eternity in a world of pleasure, pain and suffering, we only get see the pain and suffering part of that guarantee, underscored by the demon Pinhead's assurance that, in his words, "We'll Tear Your Soul Apaaaaart."
2. "The X-Files" episode "Home"
"There are many episodes of "The X-Files" that will keep a person up at night, but "Home" took the show's queasiness factor to new levels of ickiness by liberally playing with the horror trope of backwoods murderous maniacs. »
- Uncle Creepy
Define Gothic and Dracula immediately comes to mind. The high-arches and cobwebs, the creatures that scurry across the floor and the long drapes that falls from the ceilings – blood on the tips of fangs and white-skin like moonlight in the night. Kim Newman goes as far to state that 1931’s Dracula this “was the true beginning of the horror film as a distinct genre and the vampire movie as its most popular sub-genre”. Indeed, only in this month’s Empire magazine, they have noted how 31 actors have portrayed the fanged-villain – and Bela Lugosi’s unforgettable performance surely remains the most defining portrayal. The double bill of Dracula and The Mummy may initially appear to be connected by their supernatural content alone, but the Universal Horror films are joined by their »
- Gary Collinson
Review Laura Akers 29 Oct 2013 - 07:15
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Blood is the Life
When Jonathan Rhys Meyers signed on to do The Tudors, I had my doubts. With a couple of degrees in Renaissance studies, I’m tough to please when it comes to narratives set in the sixteenth and seventeenth century. And how on earth did a skinny and somewhat effeminate guy who seems to have stopped aging at 25 and who falls short of 5’10 expect to pull off playing twenty years at the end of the life of a he-man known to tower above the rest of his court while sporting a waistline almost three quarters his own height? It wasn’t just improbable. It was outright laughable.
And yet, by »
While we anxiously await the return of Spooker Washington and his Halloween picks this year, IMDb (the 'self-proclaimed' authoritarian voice on movies and TV) have revealed their top 13 must-see movies and TV episodes to watch this Halloween, as selected by their own team of experts. From sinister classics like Hellraiser (which we included in our own classic horror movies list), The Shining and Alien, to family fare like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the diverse list covers a spectrum of genres and tones. Also included among the (un)lucky 13 are episodes of The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as a documentary on the history of witchcraft called Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages*. And if that wasn't enough, our own Spooker Washington has chimed in with alternative picks in case you've already seen these.
Not long after the Rubik's cube was introduced to Americans came »
From Nosferatu to Twilight, gothic films have explored what frightens us – and why we are willing victims of our fear. A few days before Halloween, and as the BFI begins a nationwide season, Michael Newton is seduced by horror, sex and satanism
Beyond high castle walls, the wolves howl. The Count intones: "Listen to them! The children of the night! What music they make!" And those words usher you into a faintly ludicrous cosiness, the comfortable darkness of gothic. For gothic properties are altogether snug, as familiar as Halloween costumes – a Boris Karloff mask, the Bela Lugosi cape, an Elsa Lanchester wig. So it is that many of us first come to the form through its parodies; I knew Carry On Screaming! by heart before I saw my first Hammer film. And yet, within the homely restfulness, something genuinely disturbing lurks; an authentic dread. And watching these films again, we »
- Michael Newton
Halloween season is upon us, and so is the South African HorrorFest. In its 9th year, the all-encompassing Fest has established itself as the ultimate Halloween event in Africa and has plenty lurking in its coffin for 2013!
This year's Fest kicks off 30 October and runs through 8 November. With movies, literature, short films, special guests, a live soundtrack performance, Halloween dress-up, market day, free sneak previews, prizes, and giveaways plus loads more, the South African HorrorFest is not to be missed!
A wide range of movies will make up the feature film slots of the event (from 1-8 Nov at The Labia Theatre, Cape Town and 31 Oct at Sk Cavendish) - from classics and rarities to amazing indies and underground strangeness you won't see in any other local cinema, most making their Sa big screen premiere. Here is the line-up, including a free sneak preview on Halloween night of Insidious Chapter 2.
Get the full schedule, »
- Debi Moore
Halloween is nigh, and that means horror movies aplenty, not that we need any more of an excuse to dust off the classics of our favorite genre. But Beyond Fest, an event taking place in La throughout this October, is making that experience interactive, bringing together some of the finest filmmakers, the best movies, and even infusing screenings with live music from the likes of Umberto, Goblin, and Alan Howarth.
Perhaps the day I was most looking forward to was this past Saturday’s “Full Moon” double feature, serving up perhaps the two best werewolf movies of all-time, right after one another. Kicking off the evening is 1981′s The Howling, followed by the movie that it (and every werewolf movie) is indebted to: Universal’s The Wolf Man, with Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, and Bela Lugosi. That right there is reason enough to make the trek to the movie theater… »
- Andy Greene
Hungary’s official foreign-language Oscar submission The Notebook will open the 13th Hungarian Film Festival Of Los Angeles, set to run from November 15-21.
Event organisers will also recognise Joe Eszterhas with the lifetime achievement award.
Screenings include Krisztina Deak’s Aglaja, the Hungarian submission for Golden Globes consideration, as well as The Two Of Us supported by director Barbara Kulcsa. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
It’s time for another episode of Wgtc Radio, the official podcast of We Got This Covered! Remember to subscribe for free in iTunes by following this link!
This week’s episode is a fun one, in which we not only talk some really interesting video game news – namely, the delay of Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Sony’s DriveClub – but also share some thoughts on a slew of other video games – including this week’s biggest release, the pleasantly surprising Pokemon X and Y - and, at the end, offer our first of several Halloween retrospectives! In celebration of the horror movie season, Sean, our resident horror expert, chose to talk about one of the greatest films in the history of the genre: Dracula, from 1931, starring the incomparable Bela Lugosi. In addition to sharing our thoughts on the film itself, we also give some historical context, and explain exactly »
- Jonathan R. Lack
Mondo released a number of Jason Edmiston’s Universal Monsters posters yesterday, but they saved their best for last:
“In celebration of Bela Lugosi’s birthday (October 20th), we are pleased to present Jason Edmiston’s incredible portrait of the man behind some of the most iconic characters the silver screen has ever seen.
Working tirelessly with D&L Screenprinting, Jason has taken his incredibly detailed original painting of Bela Lugosi and created a screen print that really nails the look of the original piece.”
This poster is a 18″x24″ screen print and is hand signed and numbered. It’s a limited edition release of 175 pieces that will sell for $45. The poster will be available at a random time on Friday, October 18th. In order to find out when it will go on sale, you’ll need to keep an eye on the official Mondo Twitter account.
The post New »
- Jonathan James
A couple of days ago we showed you Mondo's take on Universal's classic monsters, but conspicuous by his absence was Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Well, guess who just checked in and is waiting to join his beastly brood!
From the Mondo Newsletter:
In celebration of Bela Lugosi's birthday (October 20th), we are pleased to present Jason Edmiston's incredible portrait of the man behind some of the most iconic characters the silver screen has ever seen.
Working tirelessly with D&L Screenprinting, Jason has taken his incredibly detailed original painting of Bela Lugosi and created a screen print that really nails the look of the original piece.
This poster will be available online at a random time on Friday, October 18th.
Each print measures 18"x24" - hand numbered - limited to 175 each. In case you missed seeing them, below Bela is the rest of the crew - Mondo style! »
- Uncle Creepy
'The Strange Game of Hyde and Seek' is a modern day adaptation of the classic story 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson. Director Nathan Hill which was first released through Shock Entertainment on DVD as a limited edition, is now available on DVD through Amazon. Hill states that the movie was influenced by the sort of movies he grew up watching, such as the Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Vincent Price horror films of the mid 1900's. The movie did a round of film festivals Internationally, first screening at 'Out to the Lights' in his home town of Melbourne, Australia. Following this screening at Shadowstar in the UK and finally picked up a Best Short Film and Best Screenplay Award at Shriekfest in Los Angeles. »
Taking on a classic is a gutsy move, even for an award-winning filmmaker. And when director Kimberly Peirce signed on to re-imagine Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," about a teenage girl with telekinetic powers hellbent on revenge, she knew she had some sky-high expectations to meet.
"I'd make a joke and say, 'I didn't give a f*ck,' but of course I felt pressure!" she told us recently while doing press for "Carrie." "But I think pressure is good."
All that pressure had Peirce thinking long and hard about what it would mean to sign on to a project of this scale, with its history and existing fan base. Having made just one film, 2008's "Stop-Loss," since her 1999 directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry," it's clear, as a filmmaker, she doesn't make decisions lightly.
"I walked into this feeling a huge responsibility, much like I did with 'Boys Don't Cry »
- Tim Hayne
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