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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
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 »
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
“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
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
I didn't even realize there was a problem. And, believe me, I understand that as problems go, this is not a life-threatening one or a world-altering one… but it's something that finally caught my attention as I realized how we were starting to instill some bad habits in the boys. Rather, they were starting to pick up some bad habits, and I was allowing them to take root. And based on the last column I published in this series, it's definitely something I've encouraged. I love that my kids have a fairly broad palette in terms of what they will or won't watch with me. One of my proudest moments as a film nerd dad was when Toshi had a friend over and I heard him trying to convince his buddy to watch a Charlie Chaplin film. Black and white has never been a problem for them. Abbot and Costello, »
- Drew McWeeny
Attention, Universal monster fans... that means, well, all of you. The big U is releasing a gargantuan 30-film box set which spans their history of horror from 1931 to 1956, and we have your chance to score a copy on us!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on September 1st.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection Description
They informed our dreams and nightmares, each and every one. Brilliant actors, craftspeople, and filmmakers combined to deliver these indelible characters who may have died on screen, but they will surely live forever. They are the one and only Universal Classic Monsters.
Now, for the first time ever, all 30 Universal Pictures' Classic Monster films will be available together on DVD in »
- Steve Barton
Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments!
Four horror tales centering on haunted house. Well made and acted, an exploitable entry for general dualler markets, but rather mild for more bloodthirsty horror audience. Could have had class potential except for the title. Ok boxoffice future overall. Rating: Gp.
Its sanguine title notwithstanding, The House That Dripped Blood aims at quiet chills rather than boisterous thrills, taking the form of four horror stories of varying quality centering on an accursed country house. Production, direction and acting are of a high standard, although the stories written by Psycho's Robert Bloch lack the sensational aspects to wholly satisfy the present blood‑and‑guts horror market. In fact, were it not for the title, this could be a fairly »
- Joe Dante
Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
A haunted Bela Lugosi prowls his mansion and lurks in shadowy doorways as houseguests bite the dust in this 64 minute tangle of mind control, mysterious doubles and dual-personalities. Nascent noir specialist Joseph H. Lewis contributes moody atmosphere to the best-directed of Bela’s poverty row Monogram horror entries– eight years before Lewis’s triumph, Gun Crazy.
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- TFH Team
Norma McCarty, wife of the late writer-director Ed Wood, who has long had a cult following, and an actress who performed in Wood’s films as well as others, died June 27 at a Newhall, Calif., hospital, it was revealed. She was 93.
McCarty gained fame for playing the stewardess Edith in her husband’s 1959 film “Plan 9 From Outer Space.” The low-budget sci-fi thriller, which was about extraterrestrial beings seeking to stop humans from creating a doomsday weapon, flopped in the box office and was dubbed “the worst movie ever made,” but over the years there have been fans who have celebrated the film.
McCarty met her filmmaker husband on the studio lot while she was working on CBS’ “Gunsmoke,” according to her son. They were married in »
- Jordyn Holman
Writer-director Ed Wood's wife Norma McCarty, an actress who appeared in his infamously awful 1959 film Plan 9 From Outer Space, has died. She was 93. McCarty died peacefully on June 27 at Santa Clarita Convalescent Hospital in Newhall, Calif., her son by a previous marriage, Michael McCarty, told The Hollywood Reporter. Norma McCarty played the stewardess Edith in Plan 9 From Outer Space, Wood’s ultra low-budget film about aliens who resurrect Earth’s dead in an attempt to thwart the creation of a weapon that could destroy the universe. Bela Lugosi is famously seen in scenes shot for
- Mike Barnes
With the popularity of films like The Room, Birdemic: Shock and Terror, and Sharknado (now with a 2 behind it!), it seems that some people tend to like bad movies more than they like good ones. However, long before Tommy Wiseau or James Nguyen were directing films, and before Tara Reid was even born, there was a magical man named Edward D. Wood, Jr. Even with his terrible sense of plot, sequence and cinematic structure, Ed Wood managed to give his own flavor to his films, culminating in the granddaddy of all bad movies: Plan 9 From Outer Space. In 1994, Tim Burton directed Ed Wood, telling the story of the infamous director and how his friendship with horror movie legend Bela Lugosi helped breathe some life into both of their careers. The 2004 DVD release of the film includes a commentary with Burton, edited together with his filmmaking cohorts, which delivers a comprehensive look at the film’s creation »
- Kevin Carr
On Monday's (July 21) Television Critics Association press tour panel for "The Strain," Guillermo del Toro was asked about Bleak House, the supplementary residence he purchased to serve as a museum of sorts for his vast collection of toys, props, books and memorabilia mostly relating to his beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. "Well, I have the same restraint collecting that I have eating," del Toro cracked. The "Pan's Labyrinth" and "Blade II" director has always enjoyed joking about his appetites, which extend beyond eating and collecting into intellectual and conversational realms as well. If, for example, you want to talk fairy tales with del Toro, you have to be prepared to discuss varied international histories for certain stories, while bringing in Bruno Bettelheim as well. Last week, I posted a brief-ish report from a day on the set of del Toro's "Crimson Peak," just a sampling from the nearly two »
- Daniel Fienberg
Monster Squad is a 1980s masterpiece. I don't know any kid from the 80s that didn't grow up loving the hell out of this movie. Over the years it's gained quite a big cult following. The movie was directed by Fred Dekker, who also co-wrote the script with Iron Man 3 director Shane Black. It was so funny watching this movie when I was older because I had no idea how dark and dirty it was when I was a kid. Here are 14 fun facts about the movie that you may or may not know.
According to Dekker, Black's first draft of the screenplay was so huge that the opening of the film featured Van Helsing accompanied by zeppelin's and hundreds of men on horseback storming Dracula's castle. Dekker stated that this sequence would have cost more than the final budget of the film.There was an idea for a sequel called Monster Squad vs. »
- Joey Paur
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
Universal Studios was home to some of the most iconic horror movies of the twentieth century, including Frankenstein, The Bride Of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature From The Black Lagoon and Dracula. Acting legends Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney. Jr lurched, stumbled and swooped across our screens, spawning a thousand nightmares and Halloween costumes.
Now it looks like the studio is planning a relaunch. Universal dipped its toe into its bank of monsters previously of course, with Van Helsing and The Wolfman among others. But this new project will present a unified approach.
At the moment Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek, The Amazing Spider-man) and Chris Morgan (The Fast And The Furious) are on board. First Universal Monster to get the modern treatment is The Mummy, pencilled in for 2016.
So horror fans, is this good or bad news? Will you be doing the monster mash or diving »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Long before Bram Stoker introduced readers to Count Dracula in 1897, vampire-like creatures have haunted folklore tales across the globe. Tales of soul-sucking demons and blood-thirsty supernatural creatures even terrified the Romans. The monsters evolved throughout the centuries, spiraling off into different mythologies, one of which took hold in the 18th and 19th centuries – as storytellers began to define the “vampire.” Since that time, the Dracula character has become synonymous with Vampire stories and, as a result, the evildoer has been depicted countless times on the big (and small) screen.
Bela Lugosi was the first actor to depict Dracula in a feature production, in Universal Pictures’ 1931 Dracula film, with over a dozen other performers portraying the character (across various adaptations) in the ...
- Ben Kendrick
Last week, "True Blood" went on a killing spree, dispatching major characters and lesser recurring characters and bit players and new characters—including a few that had potential, such as Sarah Newlin’s guru boyfriend—with an indiscriminating, bland casualness. The only loss that was supposed to mean anything was the unexpected, last-minute killing of Alcide, but his shooting—at the hands of a couple of random gun nuts, just after he’d appeared from out of nowhere to help rescue Sookie from the infected vamps—was such a hectic mess, and carried so little dramatic weight, that the only real emotion came from the slow, mournful version of Steely Dan’s “Fire in the Hole” that played under the closing credits. Surprisingly, tonight’s episode begins with an effort at closure, as if real lives had been cut short, or at least as if real characters the audience cares »
- Phil Dyess-Nugent
Looking up at the stars in the night sky might lead a horror fan to think of movies like Alien, Lifeforce, or even Night of the Creeps, but the UK studio Dorothy is placing fright films like Nosferatu, The Exorcist, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre into their own artificial starry space with the release of a sky map filled with constellations formed by the titles and stars of 135 classic horror films.
Available from the UK for £25 as the regular edition or for £125 in the limited edition glow-in-the-dark version (limited to only 170 copies), the Horror Star Chart is composed of 135 horror films (and a few TV shows) that are either preserved in the Us National Film Registry or are personal favorites of the creators at Dorothy. The names of the horror movies and their stars have been arranged in an identical fashion to what the night sky looked like over »
- Derek Anderson
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