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‘The Thief and the Cobbler’: Original version of Richard Williams’ animated film has first public screening at the Academy The first public screening of the original version of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler will be held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Williams will be in attendance to introduce the recently reconstructed original workprint from 1992. The Thief and the Cobbler will be accompanied by Richard Williams’s 1972 Oscar-winning animated short A Christmas Carol, adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella. Featuring animation by Ken Harris and Abe Levitow, among others, A Christmas Carol has, according to the Academy’s website, "a distinctive and dark tone" inspired by John Leech’s engraved illustrations of the Dickens’ tale. In conjunction with the screenings, the Academy’s public exhibition “Richard Williams: Master of Animation,” featuring film clips, »
- Andre Soares
Resolution of long-running dispute with estate of Kevin McClory could pave way for cat-stroking mastermind to return to regenerated Bond franchise, as well as his uber-evil organisation, Spectre
The James Bond film series is free to incorporate classic elements such as the villain Blofeld and nefarious organisation Spectre once again after settling a long-running legal case with the estate of 007 co-creator Kevin McClory.
A dispute over rights to the suave British spy has been ongoing since 1959, when writer McClory suggested a Bond film set in the Bahamas to Ian Fleming. The idea eventually came to form the basis of the novel Thunderball, as well as its 1965 film adaptation. Fleming and McClory collaborated on the third Bond film, which introduced both Blofeld and Spectre, but courts later ruled that the Dublin-born writer owned significant elements of the 007 mythos, and he was able to produce the "unofficial" 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again, »
- Ben Child
While viewing the film that I have chosen for the return of Exploitation Alley, a few questions came to mind: “what is this?” “What the hell is happening?” and of course “Why am I still watching this?” If you ever find yourself asking those questions during any film, most likely you are having a bad time. Unless, you just so happen to be watching a mid 1970s film involving a nun, strippers, terrible Italian accents, a curse, and an adorable possessed baby. If the film you are watching contains all of those elements, then you are watching The Devil Within Her.
This film was released in 1975, and directed by Peter Sasdy. It was originally called I Don’T Want To Be Born, and is also known under the title Sharon’S Baby. This is odd, because there is no one named Sharon in the film. The movie begins with a very awkward birth scene. »
With the November 15 news that James Bond producers Danjaq and MGM have acquired all 007 rights owned by late "Thunderball" co-creator Kevin McClory, the question immediately began buzzing: Will arch-villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (introduced in Ian Fleming's "Thunderball" novel and in the movie "You Only Live Twice" after being teased as the mysterious Number One in "From Russia with Love" and "Thunderball") make his way into the upcoming "Bond 24"? And, beyond that, who would make the perfect Blofeld? Take our poll, below. The traditional image of Blofeld is with bald head, Nehru jacket and a white cat (as played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas and Charles Gray). Then there was Max von Sydow (with hair but without the Nehru jacket) in the unofficial "Thunderball" remake "Never Say Never Again." Of course, Mike Myers parodied the character with his Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" franchise. Presumably a new Blofeld »
- Beth Hanna and Bill Desowitz
The title "Master of Horror" is thrown around quite a bit. Often it’s warranted but sometimes not so much. In the case of filmmaker John Carpenter, however, you cannot heap enough accolades upon him.
Although he is one of the forerunners of the modern slasher sub-genre of horror, Carpenter’s credits go far beyond that. He is not only a true master of horror, but an incredibly diverse and talented filmmaker.
In honor of Scream Factory's November 19th Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release of Assault on Precinct 13, we thought we'd sort through his impressive body of work and give you our Top 10 John Carpenter Films.
From celebrating Halloween in Haddonfield to escaping from New York and experiencing big trouble in China, Carpenter’s films are as diverse as they are entertaining. With honorable mentions to his first movie, Dark Star; the enchanting Starman; and anthology »
- Scott Hallam
It has long been speculated that iconic 007 villain Blofeld (originated by Anthony Dawson in From Russia with Love and later personified by Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice) and his evil organization Spectre will be returning in Bond 24. That's a little closer to happening, now that MGM has won a fifty year legal battle with the Kevin McClory estate, which reverts the rights for these characters back to the studio.
Yesterday, MGM and Danjag announced that they now have all the rights and interests to the franchise once held by Kevin McClory and his estate. McClory helped craft the screenplay for Thunderball in the late 50s, though the film didn't see the screen »
Any James Bond fan should be instantly familiar with the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (better known as Spectre), the super villain group led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Unfortunately, legal battles have kept them off the screen (at least in Eon films) since Diamonds Are Forever. Though many had given up hope that we’d ever see them return, the disputes seem to have been settled this week and we may get to see Blofeld show up in future James Bond film.
Check out the press release on the matter below.
Los Angeles, CA (November 15, 2013) – Danjaq, LLC, the producer of the James Bond films, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the longtime distributor of the Bond films, along with the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, announced today that Danjaq and MGM have acquired all of the estate’s and family’s rights and interests relating to James Bond, »
- Alexander Lowe
Gareth Huw Evans took the action world by storm with The Raid – a bone-crunching martial arts film featuring Iko Uwais fighting his way through a building inhabited solely by the worst criminals in Jakarta. Since the movie’s release, Evans has been hard at work with Uwais crafting a sequel – and our friends at Twitch have scored the first official teaser trailer for the hotly anticipated follow-up. The new clip opens up with star Uwais punching the hell out of a prison wall (reminds us of that Donald Pleasance line about Michael Myers’ time at Smith’s Grove – “I- I- I watched him for 15 years, sitting in a room, staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall -- looking at this night, inhumanly patient, waiting for some...
- Mike Bracken
Here's something for your post-Halloween hangover. Imagine, it's 1985 and instead of Season of the Witch the filmmakers behind the budding Halloween series decided to stick with The Shape and deliver a third installment featuring Michael Myers.
We've got the trailer!
Actor Lane Hughes (You're Next, V/H/S, A Horrible Way to Die) teamed with director Jay Burleson to create a retro trailer envisioning what Halloween: Harvest of Souls would have looked like. Kudos to the gang for coming up with something that actually looks like a 20-year old VHS trailer. They've even got a cool tale explaining the history of their Halloween 3 to go along with it. Read the backstory and take a peek at the video.
Halloween: Harvest of Souls Backstory
- Scott Hallam
As we come up on the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter's seminal classic Halloween, Vimeo user Billy J. Kirkus has yet another gem on tap from the film... the very first take of the seminal film's opening scene in which Michael kills Judith.
“This is the first take of the opening to Halloween,” explains Kirkus. "This was the first time they tried shooting it, without the cuts that they did in take number 2. They only shot this whole scene twice. Notice all of the blue in the picture… completely toned down for the recent release of the movie on Blu-ray.
Kirkus also urges readers to contact Trancas Films and let them know you want to see the rest of the unseen Halloween footage.
“I was amazed that we got that shot in just a few takes, two to be exact” said Carpenter in Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen by Jim Grove. »
- Uncle Creepy
‘It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.’
After 30 entries into HalloweenFest – Thn’s celebration of all things horror – I find myself under a great deal of pressure. After all, I did volunteer to write up the finest suspense film of all time, which quickly turned into a rundown of the whole damn franchise.
Yes, I’m a huge Halloween fan and own every film/version (good or bad). I even refuse to part with my gorgeous gatefold laserdisc of the original movie, despite no longer having a machine on which to play the bugger. When it comes to horror there’s no one I like to see dispatching wayward teens more than Michael Myers.
So after 30 horror-tastic days, it’s time to relive the night (all right, nights) he came home…
After 15 years locked away, psychopathic Michael Myers escapes and returns to the »
- Craig Hunter
As the pumpkin-orange jack-o'-lantern titles fade up and John Carpenter's chilling music tingles, the stage is quickly set for Halloween, a horror flick that redefined the genre and pretty much set in stone the template for decades more slasher movies to come. The film's director Carpenter (who also co-wrote the script with Debra Hill) grew up on a steady diet of Westerns and B-grade horror, and while he was able to explore the former with bracing siege film Assault on Precinct 13, it was 1978's Halloween that gave him his first chance to indulge in all things horrific.
There has, of course, always been something of the macabre about Halloween celebrations and here this is amped to nerve-shredding levels with the tale of Michael Myers, a young boy who murders his sister on Halloween night before returning more than a decade later to wreak havoc in suburbia. By casting »
Fright-Rags' Escape From New York box set is a must-have for any fan of the film. It will include a limited edition shirt designed by Justin Osbourn, along with a 11x17 reproduction of the film's iconic poster, a temporary tattoo, a prismatic sticker and a replica eye patch, all enclosed in a collector's box. There are only 500 box sets available, and sizes and quantities are limited.
Aside from the box set, Osbourn's design will be available separately as a baseball shirt. Christopher Lovell also created a special shirt depicting Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken, cinema's ultimate anti-hero. It can be ordered on a T-shirt, girl shirt and zip-up hoodie.
These items will be available exclusively on Fright-Rags.com (clickHere) on Thursday, October 31st at 10am Est. »
One of the more obscure anthology horror movies is 1981′s The Monster Club, which not only stars Vincent Price, but also features performances from Donald Pleasence, John Carradine and Britt Ekland. Continuing our Vincent Price trailer spotlight, here’s the original trailer for The Monster Club:
“Horror anthology loosely based on the works of horror novelist R. Chetwynd-Hayes. A horror author is invited by a suave vampire (Vincent Price) to accompany him to the title establishment, where he observes the secret social customs of various species of monsters — which apparently include drinking, dancing, and watching undead strippers remove more than just their clothing. He is also made privy to the mating patterns of these creatures, and three bizarre tales are told over the evening. Also starring Donald Pleasence, Richard Johnson, Simon Ward, Britt Ekland, John Carradine, Anthony Steel and Stuart Whitman.”
If you’d like to catch up on »
- Jonathan James
Throughout the month of October, Rob will be taking a trip down memory lane, examining the Halloween series as the films exist in chronological order.
John Carpenter decided to hand of directing duties to Rick Rosenthal, who, apparently, would later say he'd never make another Halloween movie again due to behind-the-scenes conflict. Until Halloween: Resurrection, that is. The second film, written again by Carpenter and partner Debra Hill, picks up moments after Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) saved Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) from the clutches of Michael Myers. It's in this second film that Myers' impulse to kill become a clear and that he is, in fact, targeting his sister.
- Robert Ottone
Update: Brace yourselves, cause this is some major news. Brian has been able to secure a 35mm print of the supremely rare Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6! This has never been screened publicly (as far as I know), and is positively the best way to see what-could-have-been before Dimension mangled it to bits. Screenwriter Dan Farrands will be attending for a special introduction and Q&A, so it pretty much goes without saying that this screening is mandatory. If you’re for whatever reason unable to attend, queue up your Halloween 6 DVD or Blu-ray, and give our Fright Exclusive Pirate Commentary with Dan Farrands a listen here! Read on below for the original post!
If you’re a denizen of Los Angeles, love a 6th installment of a certain franchise, and just want to support a fellow cinephile, then listen up! Brian Collins, the maniac behind Horror Movie A Day and now Badass Digest, »
- Justin Edwards
Director: John Carpenter. Review: Adam Wing. There's not a lot you can say about John Carpenter's Halloween that hasn't already been said, bar this; Halloween 35th Anniversary is available in a limited edition collector's steelbook and brand new high definition transfer. Anchor Bay has just released the definitive slasher movie on Blu-Ray for the first time in the U.K. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies) and Donald Pleasence (Escape from New York), Halloween comes with an all new audio commentary with Carpenter and Curtis, a 59 minute documentary featuring Jamie Lee, a retrospective look 'On Location: 25 Years Later', trailers, TV spots and the extra scenes filmed for the TV edition of the movie. We all know the story. On Halloween night, 15 years ago, 6 year old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister and was incarcerated in the Smith's Grove Sanatorium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. The »
To all our La based readers, here's a special Halloween treat for you! FEARnet friend, Badass Digest contributor & Horror Movie A Day's Brian Collins is hosting a very special screening of 'Halloween 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers' this Saturday night, October 26th at 11:59Pm at the legendary New Beverly Cinema located at 7165 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90036. Here's your chance to see Michael Myers on the big screen this Halloween season and in glorious 35mm! In attendance for a special pre-screening Q & A and introduction will be screenwriter Daniel Farrends!
Lots of interesting tidbits about this particular entry in the 'Halloween' franchise. This marks one of the first feature film appearances of actor Paul Rudd ('Anchorman,' 'I Love You, Man') as Tommy Doyle! It also sadly became the final appearance of the late, great Donald Pleasence as Michael Myers' nemesis Dr. Sam Loomis. Tickets »
- Rob Galluzzo
The Hudson Horror Show returns to Poughkeepsie, NY, on November 16, and this installment of the event is bringing some truly iconic Kurt Russell films as well as some forgotten gems.
Headlined by Russell's classics Escape From New York and The Thing, this edition of Hudson Horror Show may end up being the best one yet. In addition to those two films, you'll also get Invasion of the Bee Girls and Horror Express as well as a fifth "mystery" film which won't be announced until the day of the show.
The last event completely sold out so if you're interested in attending, we'd recommend you get yourself moving and order your tickets today. Plus, yours truly will be there hosting and handing out goodies!
For more info and to purchase tix, visit the official Hudson Horror Show website, "like" Hudson Horror Show on Facebook and follow Hudson Horror Show on Twitter »
- Scott Hallam
On this day in 1987 one of the most creative perspectives on the traditional AntichristSatan myth Prince of Darkness entered theaters. Even though the film was the brainchild of horror master John Carpenter (and starred Donald Pleasence) Prince of Darkness has received little credit for its nearstunningly original combination of moralist notions of divinity with atomic theory and theoretical cosmology. Like The Thing (1982) Prince of Darkness is mostly story driven with graphic horror scenes here and there that culminate with the deaths of most individuals involved in the effort to ward off the Antichrist. »
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