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As the undisputed king of American gothic, Vincent Price holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher (1960), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge. »
Matt Smith reviews episode 11 of The Following season 2…
Belief that things are going to get better is what keeps us going in life. A better job, a better lifestyle, better things in our lives. It’s like we can’t sit back and just enjoy life.
Someone who takes that to the next level is Joe Carroll in The Following, and this week he’s taking belief in himself to a new level of ego-centrism. He’s got a promotion, a new atmosphere at home and has happened to have turned his job into his hobby. And he still doesn’t quite believe in life.
This week, Carroll’s back putting on the calm, cult leader voice as he takes control of his next band of vicious murderers. As if to prove the point, a horrible scene involving a stabbing frenzy plays out to let us all know Joe Carroll is really back. »
- Gary Collinson
It has been dismissed over the years as cheesy, cheap and laughable but, as has been the case on many occasions, Hammer Films have had the last laugh. They boast a back-catalogue that is to horror movies what The Rolling Stones’ discography is to rock music. Fifty-nine years after the release of their first horror movie proper (The Quatermass Xperiment), Hammer’s films have survived scrutiny and re-evaluation and have now attained National Treasure status. Moreover, in terms of sheer importance, the Hammer films were some of the most influential of the past half-century. The ripple-effect of their imitators cashing in on their success would beget the careers of some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.
And yet since 1984 Hammer has been a dormant entity, existing only in the memory: a pile of ashes, a cape and a signet ring waiting to be reanimated by the crimson, jugular discharge of some poor, »
- Cai Ross
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
Monster and Madman No. 2
The wonderful monster mash-up from Steve Niles continues with issue two (of three). In the last issue, Frankenstein's Monster was found roaming the great frozen wastes immediately following the events of 'Frankenstein'. Now, he's met up with a very helpful doctor in London who goes by the nickname Jack. Seems suspicious, don't you think?
Bag it or board it up? There are so many ways that this comic could end up seeming corny. Oh, Frankenstein's Monster really bumps into Jack the Ripper? Yeah right! But it all works. Maybe it's the hypnotic artwork. »
- Giaco Furino
In January, BoingBoing featured a piece on the The Library of Congress scans of artwork from an original print of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven." These scans bring to vivid life one of Poe's most famous and beloved works. "The Raven" is a familiar tale of love, loss, mourning and insanity. It was no secret that Poe was something of a tortured individual, but his melancholy never stopped him from creatively and meticulously planning his works. He was well-known for saying that writers should plan out their works ahead of time. In that respect he was a perfectionist and, like most writers, extremely critical of his own work. Whether or not one agrees with his belief that writers should always have a plan (or outline) before creating a story, poem or other written work, it is clear to see that "The Raven" is a great example of writing at its finest. »
- Nancy Greene
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
It’s rare to see these two horror icons on stage together, so we thought our Los Angeles readers would like to know that John Carpenter will be presenting Roger Corman with a special Legend Award at the New Media Film Festival in June:
“Susan Johnston, producer and founder of the New Media Film Festival, announced today that Roger Corman, the filmmaker, Honorary Academy Award-winner and pioneering producer/director/screenwriter/ actor, will be the recipient of the festival’s coveted Legend Award. “We are proud and honored to award Roger Corman the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award for a long career of iconoclastic and memorable films, for also inspiring audiences and helping to launch generations of successful filmmakers with his groundbreaking approach,” said Johnston. The award ceremony will take place during the closing night of the Fifth Annual New Media Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 Pm at the Landmark Theatre. »
- Jonathan James
A review of "The Devil, Probably" by Mireille Latil-Le-Dantec. Originally published in Issue 77, July-August 1977, of Cinématographe. Translation by Ted Fendt. Thanks to Marie-Pierre Duhamel.
"I challenge you all now, all you atheists. With what will you save the world, and where have you found a normal line of progress for it, you men of science, of co-operation, of labour-wage, and all the rest of it?
With credit? What's credit? Where will credit take you? [...] Without recognizing any moral basis except the satisfaction of individual egoism and material necessity! [...] It's a law, that's true; but it's no more normal than the law of destruction, or even self-destruction. [...] Yes, sir, the law of self-destruction and the law of self-preservation are equally strong in humanity! The devil has equal dominion over humanity till the limit of time which we know not. You laugh? You don't believe in the devil? Disbelief in the devil is a French idea, »
- Ted Fendt
Stars: Cristiano Morroni, Dario Biancone, Angelo Campus, Santa De Santis, Francesco Malcom, Paolo Ricci, Alessandro Rella, Federica Tommasi, Desiree Giorgetti, Mario Cellini, Roberto Nali, David D’Ingeo, Virgilio Olivari, Claudio Zanelli, Lucio Zannella | Written and Directed by Donatello Della Pepa, Angelo & Giuseppe Capasso, Edo Tagliavini, Alberto Viavattene, Nathan Nicholovitch, Domiziano Cristopharo, Giuliano Giacomelli
Yet another release from Brain Damage Films, Poe: Project of Evil is a horror anthology, this time of a higher calibre than the likes of the recently reviewed Dead on Appraisal. A follow-up to P.O.E.: Poetry of Eerie, this film sees some of the original filmmakers regroup for another filmic experiment which brings the tales of Edgar Allan Poe to life through the distinct lens of Italian horror with spoken English. Whilst Poetry of Eerie‘s focus was the poetic and macabre dimension of the infamous Boston author, the sequel Poe: Project »
- Phil Wheat
Early April will see the start of Taste, a new play that should interest horror fans, as it was directed by Stuart Gordon. For those in the Hollywood area, we have details on when you can see Taste, including details on special showings that include a Stuart Gordon Q&A:
“You’re invited to the most disturbing dinner party of the year. Based on a shocking true story, two men meet online and make a unique arrangement: one will kill, cook, and eat the other. Taste imagines their first and only meeting, told in real time, in a working kitchen.
In 2011, acclaimed horror director Stuart Gordon brought his feature-film cult classic Re–Animator to the stage with the inspired songs of composer Mark Nutter and created a singing, dancing Re-Animator The Musical. The hilarious, blood drenched show ran for six months at the Steve Allen Theater before triumphant runs at »
- Jonathan James
Stuart Gordon has brought us many classic movies throughout his career, and recently his stage productions of Nevermore and Re-Animator: The Musical have lit up the stage wherever they've played. Now we have some new details about his latest stage play, Taste, and more!
From the Press Release
You’re invited to the most disturbing dinner party of the year. Based on a shocking true story, two men meet online and make a unique arrangement: One will kill, cook, and eat the other. Taste imagines their first and only meeting, told in real time, in a working kitchen.
In 2011, acclaimed horror director Stuart Gordon brought his feature-film cult classic Re–Animator to the stage with the inspired songs of composer Mark Nutter and created a singing, dancing Re-Animator: The Musical. The hilarious, blood-drenched show ran for six months at the Steve Allen Theater before triumphant runs at the »
- Uncle Creepy
In 2014 the generations that grew up on video games, Nicktoons, and even first generation Pokemon are now of age and looking back upon their more innocent years with a new perspective. Most pop culture references, homages, and borrowed tropes flew over our heads back in the day; for example were we aware that the Squeaky Boots episode of SpongeBob SquarePants was in fact one big Edgar Allan Poe reference? That A Bug’s Life was essentially Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai…with bugs? Or how about the constant pop culture references batted over our heads in Earthbound?
Nintendo games were the lynchpin of many of our collective childhoods; no matter what time period over the past twenty five years you were born, you probably have a Nintendo game console to identify with (okay, maybe you were into Sega or PlayStation, but play along). And while we were just dumb, »
- Douglas McCausland
It was exactly a month ago when we first told you about Creepers aka Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 2, and over this past weekend one of its segments, "Gave Up the Ghost," was filmed. Here's some concept art along with the first details on it.
From the Press Release:
Authors Gregory Lamberson (Carnage Road, The Jake Helman Files) and Jeff Strand (Pressure, I Have a Bad Feeling About This) are collaborating on a film adaptation of Strand's story "Gave Up the Ghost" for the upcoming horror anthology Creepers, executive produced by Mike T. Lyddon of Reel Progress.
Lamberson is producing and directing the short, which Strand adapted himself. Other Creepers entries are based on stories by Joe Lansdale, Edgar Allan Poe, and Lafcadio Hearn. None of the stories have been adapted for film before. "Gave Up the Ghost" was filmed in Buffalo, New York.
"When Mike contacted me about directing a segment of Creepers, »
- Debi Moore
The Following returned to its literary roots this week. Not through any mention of Edgar Allan Poe. He’s dead to Joe as a motivation for why other people deserve to be dead. Instead we got Emma and her new crew browsing and slashing their way through Ye Old Housing Works Bookstore. If only they’d been told that sales there benefit a good cause, maybe they would’ve been more likely to let at least the customers who bought a copy of Carrie’s book live.Sometimes, for fun, The Following likes to drag a character out of pit full of cannibals (and their ilk), give him a haircut and a New York wardrobe, present him as someone who’s uniquely disturbed, and then kill him off like just any old extra who happened to be given a line. The only plausible theory I can come up with for »
- Starlee Kine
Miami - One of the pleasures of smaller film festivals, where one's viewing is less dutifully structured around competitions and mandatory big-name premieres, is pick-and-mix scheduling -- selecting the day's viewing on a mixture of gut instinct and chance convenience, and seeing what unexpected patterns and conflicts emerge. Coincidentally enough, I wound up seeing two Brazilian films back to back yesterday -- not such an improbable occurrence in a festival programme that accommodates Latin-American markets so generously, but their wildly contrasting impressions of urban social malaise and personal distrust proved mutually enhancing. Mexico and Germany were selected by the Miami programmers for dedicated showcases this year; on yesterday's evidence, however, Brazilian film is fighting fit. There's a fierce, Pablo Trapero-like sense of purpose to "A Wolf at the Door," a jumpy, pile-driving directorial debut for Fernando Coimbra that seems a gateway to more illustrious things -- as plausibly within »
- Guy Lodge
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
Just like last year, Stephen King has plans to release multiple novels. Mr. Mercedes is due out in June and we have a look at the official cover art for Revival, which will be released in November. Stephen King’s official website has confirmed that both Scribner and Hodder & Stoughton will release Revival on November 11th. Here’s the official synopsis and Us cover art:
“From master storyteller Stephen King comes Revival, a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town more than half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife, will transform the church and the town. »
- Jonathan James
Oh, well here's a little something intriguing for fans both of Edgar Allan Poe and old school scifi. And, yes, you read that right. Directors Don Thiel and Nic Camp have taken Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and are re-envisioning it as a science fiction story titled Orbit and their take on the material is very, very compelling.As a pair of astronauts orbit a distant planet in the future, a mysterious man attempts to convince himself of his sanity while describing his brutal act of murder. As his tale unfolds, he becomes haunted by his deed and a thunderous heartbeat that could only come from the far reaches of space.The duo are raising money for their effort on IndieGoGo on the back of a zero budget...
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(Brian De Palma, 15, Arrow, 1974)
In 1974, after a decade making low-budget, semi-underground movies, Brian De Palma thought he was about to enter the big time when 20th Century Fox paid $2m for this wild satire on indulgent rock musicians and the corrupt industry that exploited them. Basically it's a transposition of The Phantom of the Opera to the modern pop world, where an evil impresario, Swan (the diminutive, baby-faced composer Paul Williams,, who also wrote the songs), steals a pretentious rock cantata from Winslow Leach, its naive author, and frames him on drugs charge.
After he's been disfigured by a record-pressing machine, Winslow returns to seek revenge by haunting Swan's theatre, the Paradise. The piece also draws on Goethe's Faust, Wilde's Dorian Gray and Edgar Allan Poe, and refers to movies ranging from Psycho (the shower scene is reprised using a plunger) and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.
But De Palma »
- Philip French
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