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H.P. Lovecraft doesn’t translate to film very well. Many have tried, few have succeed. Lovecraft’s stories are mood-driven, using his dense antiquarian writing style to tell tales that say so much while unfolding so little in terms of action. This doesn’t exactly lend itself to a cinematic adaptation. Yet several films have found a way to tackle Lovecraft without actually adapting Lovecraft. The following films pay tribute to Lovecraft without actually adapting any of his stories.
Sam Raimi’s 1981 The Evil Dead features one of Lovecraft’s most widely known creations: The Necronomicon. Lovecraft used this book of magic, which was attributed to the fictional Abdul Alhazred, in several of his stories. This recurrence was one of the many Lovecraftian elements that gave a reader the sense of an ever-growing mythology — stories all loosely connected, existing in the same mad universe. Lovecraft wrote a short »
- Chris Evangelista
With the advent of the Internet, postmodernism found the perfect vessel. Today, a few clicks and an enter button can thrust you into any realm you so chose – along with a wink and plenty of ironic air quotations. This practice hasn’t solely applied to the common consumer either; tastemakers and artists have also sought this chic alternative in their works. Charlie Kaufman writes about his fictional self in Adaptation (2002), dreams become genres within themselves in Inception (2010), and a super- (anti-) hero mocks comic book movies in next year’s Deadpool.
It’s become so ingrained in the cinema of today that thinking back to a time before deconstructive art becomes a postmodern practice within itself. But we have to keep reminding ourselves what the archetypes of each genre are, otherwise it’s easy to miss the irony and just absorb the quotations. This was something that the late, great »
- Danilo Castro
“Thank you. I don’t know what I would have done if I had remained on those hot coals, burning my pretty flesh!”
The Evil Dead screens midnights this weekend (October 9th and 10th) at The Moolah Theater (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo). Admission is only $5. Come early for great drink specials, cool trivia with even cooler prizes.
Sam Raimi’s classic horror-comedy The Evil Dead still holds up after almost 35 years. Even though the plot may now sound very clichéd, and it probably did in 1981 too, it never hinders the fun of horror: A group of five friends, Ash, Cheryl, Scotty, Linda and Shelly (played by Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly respectively) drive to a remote forest cabin for a fun weekend but their plans are quickly put on hold by the presence of sinister forces from the unknown. After having inadvertently summoned »
- Tom Stockman
Copyright: The History Of The WWE Blu-ray
The great Mark Twain is reputed to have said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme a lot.” That’s a nice way of putting it… another way is to suggest that there’s nothing new under the sun: everything’s a rehash of a Xerox of a reboot of a copy, especially in the cheerfully plagiaristic world of professional wrestling.
Then there’s the times that life simply hiccupped and ran the same piece of bad luck all over again, because life’s like that sometimes. Or there are the weird coincidences that plague us all – like the fact that in the entire state of Ohio in 1895 there were only two motor cars, yet they still managed to hit each other.
Plagiarism, bad luck voodoo, bizarre coincidences – these are the times that, in the screwed up world of pro wrestling, »
- Ben Cooke
Having starred as the love interest in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy, Kirsten Dunst is certainly no stranger to tentpole films. Next week though she tackles something quite different for her - cable television.
Talking about her major role in the upcoming second season of FX's "Fargo," the actress spoke with The Guardian this week where she reveals that she's kind of over Hollywood filmmaking:
"People don't go to the cinema unless it's an event any more. So the movie industry is in a weird place, for sure, and the creative people are blossoming on television... Doing a television show is much, much harder work than film, because you're doing 10 pages a day. You don't get that many takes. And my character does not stop talking."
Why the audience shift? She suggests the rash of homogenized films are due to too much money and too much product:
"There are just too many movies being made, »
- Garth Franklin
Kirsten Dunst is no stranger to big-budget studio movies, having starred in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy, among countless other films — but her next major role is on the small screen, where she’ll star in season two of FX’s “Fargo.”
In a recent interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper, Dunst admits that she’s become a little disillusioned with the film industry. “People don’t go to the cinema unless it’s an event any more,” she says. “So the movie industry is in a weird place, for sure, and the creative people are blossoming on television.”
Her theory for that shift is that “there are just too many movies being made, I think. So many of them get lost. Too many cooks in the kitchen – the studio’s editing it, the producers are editing it, the director’s editing, too. But everyone has their hand in it, »
- Variety Staff
Special Mention: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Directed by Jim Sharman
Screenplay by Richard O’Brien and Jim Sharman
For the unfamiliar, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the film adaptation of a popular musical stage production composed and written by Richard O’Brien, a struggling actor at the time who was best known for his performances in such musicals as Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. For O’Brien, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was an homage to drive-in double features and science fiction B-movies of the fifties, and ironically, the film itself went on to become the ultimate midnight movie. To this day, screenings held in and around its anniversary as well as on Halloween sell out. It has never been pulled by 20th Century Fox from its original 1975 release, and it continues to play in cinemas four decades after its premiere, making it the longest-running theatrical release in film history. »
- Ricky Fernandes
Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.
Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.
Special Mention: King Kong
The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster »
"The Evil Dead" (1981)Sam Raimi was just 22 years old when he completed "The Evil Dead." He first made a short film for less than $2,000 called "Within the Woods" to entice Hollywood execs to "The Evil Dead." Raimi has said that he "begged" them to give him the $100,000 needed to make the low-budget film, and he eventually accumulated $90,000 from various investors. The rest is, of course, horror movie history, as an additional two sequels were made and an incredibly loyal cult following ensued. Raimi's career skyrocketed since then, as he was the brains behind the first three original Spider-Man movies — the second one being a classic of the genre — and went on to make other great films, especially 1998's "A Simple Plan." "El Mariachi" (1994)If you've ever read the book "Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player," you know »
- Jordan Ruimy
The Similars (Los Parecidos)
Mexico’s Isaac Ezban is two for two with his follow-up to last year’s gripping psychological thriller The Incident. Combining equal parts 50’s sci-fi b-movies and lost Twilight Zone episodes, The Similars is an entertaining, tongue-in-cheek black comedy with just the right amount of gore. Right from the start writer/director Ezban revels in the trappings of 60s aesthetics, opening with a Saul Bass-style credit sequence, a Bernard Herrmann-inspired score, a soundtrack that includes classic surf music and a voiceover that brings to mind The Outer Limits.
The Similars begins with a very simple set up as an omniscient narrator fills us in on how a bunch of strangers came together (by chance or fate) to the desolate bus station which serves as the only location in the lean 89 minute feature. The year is 1968 and a heavy rain »
In Spider-Gwen's universe (no, I don't know why she's called that instead of "Spider-Girl" or "Spider-Woman" either), it was Gwen Stacy who was bitten by the radioative spider, while Peter Parker became The Lizard shortly before dying. The character has developed a huge fan following since debuting, and so the fact that there are many people who would like to see her get a movie really shouldn't come as that huge of a surprise. Well, this trailer gives us an idea of what that would be like, using footage from everything from Easy A to both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb's Spider-Man movies. Check it out below and be sure to let us know what you think in the usual place. »
Starz has released a new featurette for their upcoming "Ash vs. Evil Dead" TV series with Bruce Campbell returning to the role that made him a cult icon. Sam Raimi executive produces the series which premieres next month.
The new clip looks at Ash's sidekicks and the other characters in this newest chapter of the comedic horror franchise including Lucy Lawless as the mysterious Ruby, Ray Santiago as the idealistic immigrant Pablo Simon Bolivar, Dana DeLorenzo as former wild child Kelly Maxwell and Jill Marie Jones as disgraced state trooper Amanda Fisher.
- Garth Franklin
Bruce Campbell returns as the dopey, selfish Ash in Sam Raimi‘s new TV series Ash vs Evil Dead, but this time he isn’t alone in his battle against demented, relentless evil. There’s a whole set of new characters around him, from the two sidekicks (at least one of whom might be a lot smarter than […]
The post ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Featurette: Meet the New Crew, See the New Footage appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Full disclosure: I was more than skeptical when the original announcement of Ash Vs. Evil Dead hit computers everywhere. The first film in the Evil Dead series is one I hold high with great esteem, and as much as I dig Evil Dead 2, the approach to go silly with that one and Especially in Army Of Darkness made me wonder, “Why bother?”. Well, this writer is not above admitting that he’s wrong, because based on every single bit of footage, behind the scenes stills and now the brand new featurette for the upcoming 10-part TV series (making its Halloween debut on Starz), color me anxious. It’s a neat little featurette that gives viewers the info on characters we’ll either be revisiting or welcoming aboard for the first time.
Read the official release info and enjoy the featurette!
“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode half-hour series, »
- Jerry Smith
'Evil has found me!' Warns Ash to one of his co-workers, hoping for a little bit of backup. Even a man with a chainsaw hand can't fight Evil alone! A new Ash Vs. Evil Dead sneak peek has arrived, bringing tons of new footage. See who gets roped into Ash's journey as he unleashes a nightmare long thought buried. We get to hear from the entire cast and the creators behind this Starz original series, arriving just in time for Halloween.
Ash Vs. Evil Dead follows Ash (Bruce Campbell), the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons -personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its "Evil" grip. »
A behind the scenes featurette introduces the full Ash vs Evil Dead cast Meet the players of the upcoming Starz original series with a special Ash vs Evil Dead cast featurette that has just been released online. Check it out in the player below! The series, executive produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario,…
The post Meet the Ash vs Evil Dead Cast in a New Featurette appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
"Touch me again, and you're gonna need another wooden hand." Starz has released a new Ash vs Evil Dead featurette that features fresh footage exploring "reluctant hero" Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) and company.
"Ash vs Evil Dead premieres Saturday, October 31st at 9:00pm Et/Pt exclusively on Starz with a 10-episode season.
The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers, and Craig Digregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. “Ash vs Evil Dead,” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) reprising his role of Ash Williams, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. Rounding out the cast are Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious »
- Derek Anderson
Rob Zombie is a filmmaker I'm about half onboard with. While I remember thinking "The Devil's Rejects" was very good, his "Halloween" remake was pretty abysmal (though in fairness, the studio apparently mucked around with that one quite a bit). His upcoming carnival-themed horror film "31" will hopefully be more of the former, and now he's got another project in the pipeline: the musician and writer/director is set to helm a half-hour horror-comedy series for Starz entitled "Trapped." The series, which was created by Joey Slamon ("Arrested Develpment") and executive-produced by Mila Kunis, will take place over a single night as a wealthy family find themselves stalked by a murderous cult. Since it's on Starz -- the home of Sam Raimi's ultra-gory "Evil Dead" continuation -- Zombie won't have network constraints bogging him down, meaning you can probably expect lots of bloody mayhem, copious amounts of cursing and gratuitous nudity. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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