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It has just been announced that Re-Animator: The Musical will return for new performances in Hollywood this October with new performers and brand new songs:
““Re-Animator ™ the Musical” tells the story of Herbert West, a brilliant young medical student who has created a glowing green serum that can bring the dead back to life. What should be a medical breakthrough results in hideous monstrosities and ghastly consequences. “I guess he just wasn’t fresh enough,” is West’s constant refrain in his quest for fresh subjects. Graham Skipper, who won a Best New Performer Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival for his crowd-pleasing turn, returns as the demented young genius.
And operatic Jesse Merlin is back as Dr. Carl Hill who loses his head for Meg, the dean’s beautiful daughter, only to actually lose it at the hands of Herbert West. But thanks to the glowing re-agent, »
- Jonathan James
As the tortured 19th century nobleman terrified that his catalepsy will lead to being buried alive, the morose Milland combines with the grim storyline to position this as Corman’s most morbid Poe film, unleavened by any glimmer of humor (which Price might have suggested with a slightly raised eyebrow). With its stately photography by Floyd Crosby and a wickedly seductive turn from ravishing Hazel Court, "Premature Burial" is nevertheless bleakly compelling… though you may want to revisit Price, Lorre and Karloff in "The Raven" as a quick pick-me-up after it’s over. »
- Trailers From Hell
Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.
The Rome Film Festival (Oct 16–25) has announced the first English-language titles for its ninth edition. They include:
Time Out of Mind, Oren MovermanTrash, Stephen DaldryLove, Rosie, Christian DitterBlack and White, Mike BinderStonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson.
Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a man in dire straits who is forced to find refuge in a homeless shelter. The European premiere will screen in the festival’s Cinema d’Oggi (Cinema Today) section.
Daldry’s anticipated drama Trash, which will have its European premiere in Rome, charts the story of three Brazilian children who make a discovery in a garbage dump that leads to a chase with the authorities. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star.
At some point in our lives, we all get swept away and caught up in the intoxicating high of young, new love, whether its real or imagined. While fully immersed in the depth of all this romantic and emotional giddiness, it would seem nothing could tear the two of you apart, nothing except, perhaps, a sudden and frightening event that occurs of unknown origin. Consider it the newlyweds’ worst nightmare, a honeymoon gone horribly wrong, at the hands of forces beyond your control.
In director Leigh Janiak’s film Honeymoon, the newlyweds at the center of our story experience one version of this very nightmare. Paul and Bea are swimming in their joyous new life together and no other soul nor care in the world around them even registers on their radar. The two of them are sharing some time away from their jobs, their family, friends and everything else »
- Travis Keune
A Tomb with a View, 7 mins, 2014.
Directed by Ryan J. Noth.
Elevating its departed occupants considerably closer to heaven rather than entombing them six feet under, Memorial Necropole Ecumenica is the world’s tallest cemetery. Towering proudly alongside its fellow skyscrapers in the expansive São Paulo skyline, this one-of-a-kind mausoleum and its equally unique owner celebrate the high life in the afterlife.
One often thinks of bodies being buried in graveyards; however, in São Paulo, Brazil a different approach has been taken where the deceased are placed in an apartment complex overlooking the city. Dramatic imagery accompanies the interviews conducted with those responsible for the structure and its patrons making the documentary insightful and informative.
Broken Face (Sale Gueule), 16 mins, 2014.
Directed by Alain Fournier.
The aged Morlaix lives as a mad recluse in a remote lighthouse. When a disfigured sailor is sent to join him, »
- Trevor Hogg
Although it stirred little notice on its Us release in 1968, the late Michael Reeves’ final film (of three and a half) has attained deservedly classic status as one of the darkest, most bleak historical treatments of human ignorance and misery on film. Price plays a true historical character, although the real one was much younger. We prefer the faux-Poe Us version only for the devastating poem Price reads at the end: “The play is the tragedy, Man. And its hero, The Conqueror Worm.” Get out the sleeping pills! »
- Trailers From Hell
Jamie Morton is feeling burnt out in his mid-thirties. Living the bar-band lifestyle and addicted to heroin, he lives a life haunted by demons from his past. One such demon, Reverend Jacobs, pops back into his life with extreme repercussions, and Stephen King’s Revival follows their impactful bond. To celebrate the release of his latest novel, the master of macabre has announced a six-city book tour.
Beginning November 11th, Stephen King is hitting the road to promote Revival. We’ll have more details soon, but in the meantime, here are the six cities King will be visiting:
November 11, 2014: New York City November 12, 2014: Washington, DC November 13, 2014: Kansas City, Mo November 14, 2014: Wichita, Ks November 15, 2014: Austin, TX November 17, 2014: South Portland, Me
“A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, »
- Derek Anderson
Although it stirred little notice on its Us release in 1968, the late Michael Reeves' final film (of three and a half) has attained deservedly classic status as one of the darkest, most bleak historical treatments of human ignorance and misery on film. Price plays a true historical character, although the real one was much younger. We prefer the faux-Poe Us version only for the devastating poem Price reads at the end: "The play is the tragedy, Man. And its hero, The Conqueror Worm." Get out the sleeping pills!
- TFH Team
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for The Devil’s Hand and Motivational Growth, screening details from Cub, the short film lineup from Screamfest, first details on The Nightmare, and more:
The Devil’s Hand Trailer and Release Date Announced: “When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion — on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.
The Devil’s Hand will be available OnDemand and open in theaters »
- Tamika Jones
He’s dabbled in comic book conspiracies, martial arts action and historical fiction suspense, but now V For Vendetta director James McTeigue is looking to tackle science fiction, signing on to make Alien Splinter Cell for ScanBox Studios.Morgan Davis Foehl, who worked on cyber thriller Blackhat for Michael Mann, has written the script for this one, which has locked most of its plot details away for now. But The Hollywood Reporter has heard that it’ll mash up a spy thriller like The Bourne Identity with a story that finds aliens living amongst humans as their race builds up to a big invasion plan. Think Us drama The Americans, but with aliens instead of Russians.McTeigue, who last released Edgar Allen Poe detective pic The Raven, is juggling several potential projects, including a Bloodsport remake and a drama about Elliot Ness and Al Capone. He’s currently finishing up work on action thriller Survivor, »
I’ve turned over a new leaf. You see, I passed up an opportunity this week. I could’ve reviewed the much anticipated Grendel Vs The Shadow crossover and passed up on either Alice Cooper or the new Silent Hill comic, even though they actually fit better the horror movie format of Destroy The Brain. But I didn’t! So instead you get three reviews of three horror comics, and I’m going to try to stick more to horror comics from here on out, when I can.
Full disclosure; the Grendel Vs The Shadow comic is $6! Honestly, this pretty well scared me away from doing it even more. Sure, I probably could’ve just reviewed that and skipped Alice Cooper and Silent Hill, but that would’ve been even more of a betrayal of Destroy The Brain.
You can trust me to be honest about these things. Really, you can. »
- Chris Melkus
The company is at the fest for Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President,” which it co-produced and which opened Venice Horizons Wednesday. Bac is also selling the pic and will distribute in France. That level of involvement in a production looks increasingly to be the norm as Bac Films drives to “create (itself as) a boutique major or mini-major involved in all stages of movies’ life-cycle: Development, financing, production, local and international distribution,” Grumbach said just before Venice.
With Bac Films Distribution’s Mathieu Robinet running all aspects of its French operation, Bac is bringing in staffers and offering one-stop film financing. As many French companies are downscaling, Bac is building, emerging as an ever-more active player on the international film scene.
Bac Films used to acquire four to »
- John Hopewell
[Update: David Chase's rep has clarified his remarks. Scroll for details.]
Sopranos‘ creator David Chase has finally cleared the ambiguity fog surrounding the frustrating — but sort of brilliant upon reflection – finale to HBO’s much lauded mafia/family drama from the early aughts in a new expansive profile, wherein he affirms that Tony Soprano did not die when the camera cut to black — answering the reporter’s question with a headshake and the words “No he isn’t.”
Chase, however, doesn’t exactly bend an ear or wrap that revelation in a blanket of information about what this means and what his motivations were (aside from the mention of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Dream Within a Dream’ poem), leaving us all to assess his words with the inexact science of speculation.
Click to continue reading ‘Sopranos’ Creator Reveals Tony’s Fate? [Updated]
- Jason Tabrys
Update: In response to the firestorm of news that came out of the Vox article, David Chase responded to Vulture via a publicist: “A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying,” Tony Soprano is not dead,” is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, “Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.” To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.” So there.
People, being stupid, annoying, and stupid, cannot seem to cope with ambiguity, least of all when it is in an art form. Whether it’s a question of where Javier Bardem walks off to at the end »
- Brian Welk
By Jonathan Weichsel, MoreHorror.com
Tales of Poe, an anthology film directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, consists of three very strong, but very different short films adapted from the works of Edgar Alan Poe. Some viewers will prefer the straightforward yet creepy The Telltale Heart, others will laugh out loud the campy Tales from the Crypt inspired The Cask of Amontillado, while others will get sucked into the lush visuals of the abstract, surreal Dreams. The three stories in the anthology are all so strong, yet so distinct, that three people could watch the film and each one have a different favorite.
"The Telltale Heart", the most straightforward adaptation in the anthology, is also conversely the one that takes the most interesting liberties with its source material. Switching the genders of the main characters, and having the narrator, brilliantly played by the great Debbie Rochon, tell her »
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 trailer for The Mill at Calder’s End, the latest Victorian Ghost Story Puppet short film from director Kevin McTurk has finally been released and it looks incredible. The film is told with the traditional Japanese theater puppetry technique known as bunraku. Each puppet figure is controlled by three (or more) puppeteers dressed in black and hidden behind each character, and several silent film era camera techniques, such as shots of miniatures are also used.
The Mill at Calder’s End is a gothic ghost story in the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft that will be told with 30 inch tall bunraku puppets and old fashioned in-camera special effects.Featuring the voices of Jason Flemyng (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, X-Men:First Class) and horror legend Barbara Steele (Black Sunday, The Pit and the Pendulum) , this film celebrates two of my great loves: the art of puppetry and gothic horror. »
Never ones to disappoint, Rock and Shock has just announced the second wave of guests who will be appearing at this year's horror/metal convention. In this round of celebs some new faces are named as well as some Rock and Shock favorites.
Among the newest guests announced are Victoria Price, daughter of the iconic Vincent Price, who will be hosting a special presentation on her father's life. WWE Hall of Famer Rowdy Roddy Piper will be making his triumphant return to Worecester. They'll be joined by Dee Wallace, Jake Busey, Tiffany Shepis, Sarah French, and Joe Knetter.
- Scott Hallam
From the 1980s to the 21st century, Jamie takes us on a guided tour of the most frustrating videogames he's encountered so far...
I want to take you on a journey through a few decades of game-playing frustration, name-checking the titles that have most made me want to kick a sleeping puppy in the face: games that only a heart surgeon would have the dexterity and patience to complete; games so disgustingly unfair and evil that even Satan beholds their exquisitely cruel construction with envy, kicking himself that he didn’t think of them first.
(Disclaimer: no actual puppies were harmed in the making of this article)
Now for another couple of disclaimers: pointless I know, because nobody actually reads these introductions, right? I believe it’s traditional to skip the rest of this article and head to the comments’ section below filled with boundless and unquenchable rage. (If you »
Last year we fell crazy in love with Scream Factory's The Vincent Price Collection Blu-ray box set. Now the purveyors of all that is spooky cool are back with another round of classic horror goodness featuring the man himself in The Vincent Price Collection Volume II. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
On October 21, 2014, collectors, classic film aficionados, and horror enthusiasts will relish the 4-Disc Blu-ray™ release of Scream Factory’s The Vincent Price Collection Volume II, perfectly timed for Halloween and this year’s holiday gifting season.
This extraordinary collector’s set is an essential movie collection for every home entertainment library and brings together Seven Vincent Price masterpiece classics, featuring the first-ever Blu-ray movie presentation of The House On Haunted Hill (1959), The Return Of The Fly (1959), The Comedy Of Terrors (1963), The Raven (1963), The Last Man On Earth (1964), The Tomb Of Ligeia (1964), and Dr. Phibes Rises Again »
- Steve Barton
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