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When I was a kid, I used to love a scary movie. I remember catching the original The Haunting (1963) one night on Channel 9’s Million Dollar Movie when I was home alone. Before it was over, I had every light in the house on. When my mother got home she was screaming she’d been able to see the house glowing from two blocks away. The only thing screaming louder than her was the electricity meter.
That was something of an accomplishment, scaring me like that. Oh, it’s not that I was hard to scare (I still don’t like going down into a dark cellar). But, in those days, the movies didn’t have much to scare you with. Back as far as the 50s, you might find your odd dismemberment and impaling, even an occasional decapitation, but, generally, the rule of the day was restraint. Even those rare dismemberments, »
- Bill Mesce
Every year as Halloween gets closer, basic cable and the DVD racks at big box stores are flooded with Halloween programming for kids—Disneyfied TV movies and animated specials featuring all their favorite characters in costume. But are these cash-ins any good? If you’re trying to foster a love of horror in your little ones—or just looking for something age-appropriate to show them during October—navigating the seas of “kid-friendly” content can be irritating at best, downright impossible at worst.
Because I both love horror movies and have small children, I have my own picks for what I’ll be showing my kids until they’re of an age for… oh, I don’t know… Cannibal Holocaust. All these choices are subjective and entirely dependent on what different kids can handle.
By age 7, I was already seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street (sneaking a viewing without my parents »
- Patrick Bromley
Monsters from the movies can be a great inspiration for Halloween costumes, especially Dracula. Who doesn’t love the cape, the fangs, the drama? There are quite a few Dracula movies, but there’s nothing quite like the old school character from 1931, played by the original Count Dracula himself, Bela Lugosi. He not only played the role on Broadway prior to being in the film, he was also buried in his cape when he passed. Over the years, the character Dracula...
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Read More: Rip Christopher Lee, Who Played Dracula 9 Times (Video) One of the most iconic horror films of all time, almost anyone can conjure images of Bela Lugosi in "Dracula," preying upon the blood of sleeping innocents. However, a little known fact about the 1931 classic is that a nearly identical version was made at the same time with a Spanish-language cast. Each day, after the English-language Dracula finished filming, a new cast and crew would take over the set and work through the night, shooting a shot-for-shot copy of the film for the Spanish-speaking audiences of 1931. In the decades that followed, the Spanish-language "Dracula," considered by many to be the superior version of the film, was largely forgotten, while its Bela Lugosi-lead brother was enshrined in film history. Now, Turner Classic Movies will present a special double feature of both versions of "Dracula," accompanied by an introduction from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz further. »
- Ryan Anielski
The trailer for Extraordinary Tales has arrived. Based on some of Edgar Allan Poe's most notable works, Extraordinary Tales is narrated by Guillermo del Toro along with other iconic artists. Also: more details on A&E's The Enfield Haunting, Diamond Select Toys at Nycc, and release details for Dark Awakening.
Extraordinary Tales: "A film anthology of five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories, each told in a unique graphic style and featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history. Adapting the look and variety of a classic horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales offers heart-pounding takes on The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar, and The Masque of the Red Death. Each tale is given a unique animated look, inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, »
- Tamika Jones
The first trailer for the animated horror anthology, Extraordinary Tales, was released last week and showed the latest takes on five of Poe’s most popular stories. The film features the voice work of Del Toro, Roger Corman, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, and Christopher Lee in one of his final roles.
Each story has different animation and directed Raul Garcia seems to bring a distinct, spooky look to the stories that feels fresh even though these have been done multiple times before. It has been awhile since we have had a Poe adaptation (don’t remind me of that dreadful John Cusack »
- Zach Dennis
Read More: Gkids Acquires Raul Garcia's "Extrodinary Tales" A new trailer has been released for "Extraordinary Tales," a horror anthology that reimagines five of Edgar Allan Poe's most bone-chilling stories, each in a different style of animation. The five stories to be reborn on screen are "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of Red Death" and "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar." The above trailer offers all the thrills and chills one would expect from Edgar Allan Poe, and the creepy, stylized animation perfectly captures the menacing aura of the gothic poet. The stories will also be narrated by some of the most legendary names in horror, including Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro and Bela Lugosi. "Extraordinary Tales" will be released in theaters and On Demand on October 23, just in time for Halloween. »
- Ryan Anielski
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
“Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives!”
Ed Wood’s 1959 masterwork Plan 9 From Outer Space is nowhere near the worst movie ever made, as anyone who’s seen it might testify. What can be said about it? It defies any traditional movie-making conventions and does it without any shame whatsoever. Wood had to have the cast baptized in order to make this bizarre film, and that’s the least strange thing about it. The original title Grave Robbers from Outer Space was later ditched, but Criswell mentions it during the intro nevertheless.
- Tom Stockman
The mad scientist, at least in pop culture, is distinctly a male phenomenon. An upcoming CBS drama, however, hopes to change that stereotype. "Moreau" will gender-flip H.G. Wells' iconic surgeon, Dr. Moreau. Deadline reports that in a new TV adaptation, "the title character of disgraced London physiologist Dr. Moreau -- who retreats to an island to work on his experiments creating animal-human hybrids -- is a woman. Fiercely intelligent and fearless, Dr. Katherine Moreau expands the boundaries of medicine through bold and revolutionary scientific experimentation and treatments in her privately funded island hospital." Women can be creeps, too! The reclusive physician has appeared on screen in the 1932 Bela Lugosi vehicle "The Island of Lost Souls," the 1977 "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and the so-bad-we're-still-talking-about-it 1996 version with Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. If "Moreau" makes it to air, it'll be...
- Inkoo Kang
Right now, there is a great documentary on Netflix called Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau. It follows the director's downward spiral on set as he attempted to make the 1996 fantasy horror thriller The Island of Dr. Moreau. The film was such a substantial bomb, no one has wanted to touch it since. Until now. Only instead of another big screen reboot, of which there are many, the classic novel is going to become a weekly TV series on CBS.
Sleepy Hollow series creator Phillip Iscove is set to take on another historical legend for the small screen. He is going to reconstruct one of H.G. Wells' more infamous titles, with a drama series based on The Island of Dr. Moreau. CBS has already handed out a script commitment for the show. And it sounds like the basic story is getting a major overhaul. »
Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd. with Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from 1938 to 1949. During that time, they shared two Academy Awards for their work on The Lost Weekend (1945) and, with D.M. Marshman Jr., Sunset Blvd. (1950). More detailed information further below. Post-split years Billy Wilder would later join forces with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond in movies such as the classic comedy Some Like It Hot (1959), the Best Picture Oscar winner The Apartment (1960), and One Two Three (1961), notable as James Cagney's last film (until a brief comeback in Milos Forman's Ragtime two decades later). Although some of these movies were quite well received, Wilder's later efforts – which also included The Seven Year Itch »
- Andre Soares
Shaggy maniac Neville Brand was born on the bayou. He lives by his high morals and so just can't resist feeding random visitors to his gargantuan crocodile. If they resist that idea, he uses a giant scythe for a persuader. Tobe Hooper's sopho-gore feature boasts several name stars, plus, in this new edition, a brightly colored, picture-perfect transfer. Eaten Alive Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (U.S.) 1976 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 87 min. / Death Trap, Starlight Slaughter, Horror Hotel / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones, Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Stuart Whitman, Roberta Collins, Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Crystin Sinclaire, Janus Blythe, Betty Cole. Cinematography Robert Caramico Special Effects Robert A. Mattey Makeup Effects Frank Gluck Confirmed Original Music Wayne Bell, Tobe Hooper Written by Alvin Fast, Mardi Rustam, Kim Henkel Produced by Mardi Rustam Directed by Tobe Hooper
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Tobe Hooper is an odd duck »
- Glenn Erickson
Review by Sam Moffitt
Being the first is not always a good thing. Many ground breaking artists who introduce something new into the cultural mix do not always fare well after they have changed the rules and the game. Take, just as one example, Orson Welles who changed forever how movies were made as well as radio drama and stage productions. Although Welles made out better than Maila Nurmi, also known as Vampira, the subject of the incredible and unforgettable documentary Vampira and Me.
H Greene first got to know Maila Nurmi when he interviewed her for a documentary called Schlock! The Secret History of Hollywood, (a good documentary in its own right.) Nurmi had grown distrustful of just about everyone, and with good reason. Yet for reasons Greene doesn’t even speculate on she trusted Greene and gave him almost two hours of interview time and discussed every last moment of her bizarre, »
- Movie Geeks
Mike and Jake look at a sci-fi classic…
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Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction horror film released by Distributors Corporation of America (as Valiant Pictures). The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by Ed Wood and stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson, Vampira, and posthumously bills Bela Lugosi as a star (silent footage of the actor had actually been shot by Wood for another, unfinished film just prior to Lugosi’s death in 1956).
- Luke Owen
Final Girl hit FrightFest last Friday and heads to DVD next month. Directed by photographer Tyler Shields, it’s a noir-inspired horror that provides something different amongst the assorted gorefests competing for fans’ attention. One of its key players is Logan Huffman as axe-happy teen torturer Danny, whose plans for the seemingly-helpless Veronica (Abigail Breslin) take a nasty and unexpectedly surreal turn.
I caught up with him for an intriguing chat about the improvised nature of his role, the way the movie changed as it went along and his thoughts on the genre in general. He also offered up a memory of late director Wes Craven, somewhat appropriate given this week’s sad news…
The film is kind of unique compared to today’s horror movies. How did you come to be involved?
Well Tyler and I have been buddies for a while and »
- Steve Palace
Hope everyone has their wallets ready because September 1st is a doozy of a day for home entertainment releases, with over 20 horror and sci-fi titles set to make their debut on Tuesday. For those of you Mad Max: Fury Road fans out there, this is the week you’ve all been waiting for as George Miller’s epic actioner arrives on 3D and 2D Blu-ray as well as on DVD. Scream Factory has a few films they’re releasing this week—Backcountry, The Harvest and Army of Frankensteins—and Anchor Bay Entertainment is keeping busy with a pair of notable releases too—The Curse of Downers Grove (which was penned by Bret Easton Ellis) and Lost After Dark.
- Heather Wixson
Greta Garbo movie 'The Kiss.' Greta Garbo movies on TCM Greta Garbo, a rarity among silent era movie stars, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” performer today, Aug. 26, '15. Now, why would Garbo be considered a silent era rarity? Well, certainly not because she easily made the transition to sound, remaining a major star for another decade. Think Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, William Powell, Fay Wray, Marie Dressler, Wallace Beery, John Barrymore, Warner Baxter, Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett, etc. And so much for all the stories about actors with foreign accents being unable to maintain their Hollywood stardom following the advent of sound motion pictures. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer star, Garbo was no major exception to the supposed rule. Mexican Ramon Novarro, another MGM star, also made an easy transition to sound, and so did fellow Mexicans Lupe Velez and Dolores del Rio, in addition to the very British »
- Andre Soares
From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...
A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.
As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »
Roundly dismissed upon its release by critics in 1983, Tony Scott’s classy, stylish art-house vampire film The Hunger arrives on Blu-ray as a demure addition to the Warner Bros. Archive Collection. A notable cult item still lacking of a deserving reappraisal for its significant merits, the film has long languished in obscurity with the exception of its references to the explicit lesbian sex scene shared between Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon (featured in a first-wave resurgence of interest in Lgbt cinematic themes with the documentary version of Vito Russo’s The Celluloid Closet, 1991). It represents one of three cinematic adaptations from horror writer Whitley Streiber, following the also forgotten Wolfen (1981), starring Albert Finney.
Miriam Blaylock (Deneuve) is an ancient yet breathtakingly beautiful vampire. Her lover of the past three centuries, John (David Bowie) has suddenly begun to age and decay, apparently something that has eventually happened to all of her past lovers, »
- Nicholas Bell
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