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As a devoted lover of the current indie horror scene, there is no horror movie I was anticipating more this year than Tales of Halloween, an anthology film with contributions from 11 of the strongest voices working in the genre today. This is my event film. This is my Avengers. And it does not disappoint. Tales of Halloween isn’t just one of the best anthologies of the last 30 years, but also among the best Halloween-themed horror movies ever made. It’s funny and bloody and wicked and affectionate towards the genre in a way that few other films are. It’s the most fun I’ve had at a horror movie in a long, long time.
- Patrick Bromley
Being a horror fan is usually the easiest way to earn a raised eyebrow from “normal” society, but being a jazz-squaring, belt singing, musical theatre fan in the horror community will almost always send you off to the isolated Island of Misfit Fandom. Luckily, for the proud and passionate citizens of this island, Darren Lynn Bousman is our proverbial king thanks to creating films like Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Devil’S Carnival, and its sequel, Alleluia! The Devil’S Carnival.
Darren Lynn Bousman teams up again with collaborator Terrance Zdunich for the second installment of their dark fantasy/musical world with Alleluia!. Bousman served as director, while Zdunich reprised his role as Lucifer as well as writing the script and lyrics (with the help of co-composer Saar Hendleman). Set in the same glamorous, colorful, and mystical world, Alleluia! follows a feud between God (Paul Sorvino) and Lucifer, with God »
- BJ Colangelo
One of the best things about the horror genre is its ability to divide audiences and create strong, passionate reactions. We may split on a comedy, sure, because we find different things funny, but chances are we won’t carry that experience with us much past when the end credits roll. Horror is different. Love it or hate it, it sticks with us, and when we see a movie that really speaks to us we connect with it in such way so as to believe the filmmaker has made something that’s just for us.
Few filmmakers embody this ideal more than Darren Lynn Bousman: while his recent output of films might not be for everyone, for the people they are for they are really for. After finding success within the studio system thanks to his trilogy of Saw films and his criminally underrated remake of Mother’s Day, »
- Patrick Bromley
"Enter at your own risk!!" screams a sign early on in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's a fair warning for a film that's as unapologetically bonkers as you'd imagine a Cyndi Lauper sleepover or a John Waters nightmare to be, swimming in batty humour, extravagant costumes and hummable anarchy. With Tim Curry tottering around in high heels and suspenders, and Susan Sarandon harmonising in nothing but her bra, director Jim Sharman's 1975 musical adaptation is a veritable anthem to the odd.
Risky? Yes, but in the intervening 40 years, it's become a cult phenomenon that's stood the test of time remarkably well, partly because it never belonged to a discernible time period anyway. Based on Richard O'Brien's 1973 stage show (then called The Rocky Horror Show), the film sends up and celebrates the schlocky sci-fi/horror tropes of the '30s, '40s and '50s, revelling in a kitschy timelessness. »
Nearly four decades ago, the ultimate midnight movie was released in theaters and to celebrate, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary Blu-ray / DVD on September 22nd, complete with special features aplenty.
Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (July 29, 2015) – Get ready to do the time warp again as The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary – the ultimate midnight movie – comes home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD September 22 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Featuring an all-star cast, including: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick and Meat Loaf, The Rocky Horror Picture Show quickly became a pop cultural phenomenon passed down from generation to generation. Now, after four decades, it’s back stronger than ever with an all-new Ultimate Collector’s Edition, featuring limited edition packaging, exclusive collectible pink surgical gloves, fishnet stockings and a soundtrack for its army of die-hard fans!
- Derek Anderson
It's war between heaven and hell in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, making its world premiere tonight at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre ahead of its upcoming Us tour. We recently caught up with director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich (who plays Lucifer) to talk about the highly anticipated musical film follow-up to 2012's The Devil's Carnival.
On the decision to have heaven as the setting of the sequel:
Darren Lynn Bousman: We always knew that Devil’s Carnival was about more than just the carnival. When we did part one, heaven is only glimpsed at for a few seconds. And we knew that the next one that we did, we had to give heaven the same amount of time we gave hell.
After Devil’s Carnival 1 was completed, Terrance and I started talking about what would heaven look like and what could we do to make the audience excited to see heaven. »
- Derek Anderson
In two weeks, vampires, cannibals, Halloween frights and more will grace the screen at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois for Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival. Now a telekinetic kid and and an apocalypse have joined the killer lineup, as both June and JeruZalem will make their U.S. premieres at the festival.
Press Release: "Chicago, Illinois (August 6, 2015) – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), is proud to announce the addition of two more films to the already bursting schedule.
June, starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead), tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice), who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. Though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. »
- Derek Anderson
Because Abby still has a few levels of public embarrassment she hasn’t experienced, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce has decided to introduce her parents in Season 2.
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At present, the pair are slated to appear in one episode. They join a Season 2 guest roster that includes Megan Hilty (Smash), Maury Sterling (Homeland), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), Retta (Parks and Recreation) and »
In just a few weeks, Darren Lynn Bousman and company will premiere Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival at Los Angeles' Egyptian Theatre before bringing their own slice of delectable hell with them on the road, and tickets for the film's extensive tour are now available.
Starring David Hasselhoff, Emilie Autumn, Paul Sorvino, Adam Pascal, Ted Neeley, and Barry Bostwick, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival begins its U.S. theater tour—a blissful blend of live performances and onscreen storytelling—on August 11th in Los Angeles. To purchase tickets to see Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival in a city near you, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, Lucifer sets a plot in motion »
- Derek Anderson
Back in 2012, Hell came to town in Darren Lynn Bousman’s The Devil’s Carnival. Written by and starring Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera), this old-school musical journey turned Hell into a three-ring circus, complete with a whole host of sideshow acts and carnie workers who belted out sinful songs of sorrow. Three souls entered looking for redemption, but what they found was more despair – and some catchy tunes!
It wasn’t long after that Bousman teased a return to his wacky carnival, and while it took some time to get things off the ground, we can now confirm his long-gestured sequel will be coming to a town near you! Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival will be premiering in Hollywood at The Egyptian on August 11th, after which it’ll kick off a traveling sideshow extravaganza through the Us and Canada. Much like with his first film, Bousman and »
- Matt Donato
One month from now, Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival will take over the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois and they've announced killer lineup that includes Tales of Halloween, a screening of Fright Night with a Q&A from Tom Holland, and Eli Roth introducing Cannibal Holocaust:
"Chicago, July 22, 2015 – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.
“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” remarks Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
“With this program we »
- Jonathan James
The sixteenth annual Frighfest event edges ever closer. The festival will see Leicester Square’s Vue cinema be taken over for four days, and an additional evening, by the horror community. Showing over seventy films there is bound to be something for everyone. The closing film has been announced as Tales of Halloween, a horror anthology comprising of eleven creepy tales, all directed by a well-known names in horror circles.
We managed to nab a couple of minutes with one of the directors, Darren Lynn Bousman, who is currently attending this year’s London Film and Comic Con (Lfcc for short) to find out more about the film and his segment.
How did you come to be involved in Tales of Halloween?
- Kat Smith
Last week at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead hit up the panel for the highly anticipated Tales of Halloween anthology film to hear more about the film from several directors, actors, and producers Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, who filled us in on just what we can expect once the film hit theaters on October 16th.
Check out the video highlights from the entertaining Tales of Halloween panel, featuring the likes of Lin Shaye, Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Barry Bostwick, John Savage, Kristina Klebe, Booboo Stewart, Alex Essoe, Pollyanna McIntosh, and more. Be sure to look for more on the film as we get closer to release.
A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.
- Heather Wixson
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Darren Lynn Bousman and company brought The Devil's Carnival to cities across the U.S. in 2012, and soon they'll be back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven with Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival. Ahead of the film's anticipated tour, two new posters have been released.
Starring David Hasselhoff, Emilie Autumn, Paul Sorvino, Adam Pascal, Ted Neeley, and Barry Bostwick, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival begins its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise. In Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival, Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival stars (in »
- Derek Anderson
Man-eating pumpkins, buckets of blood, flesh-eating zombies and Satan himself make the trailer for Tales of Halloween absolutely bonkers.
The upcoming anthology film gathers 11 cutting-edge horror directors – including Game of Thrones' Neil Marshall and Saw III's Darren Lynn Bousman – to create vignettes that celebrate the horror of Halloween.
Tales of Halloween takes place in one small American town terrorized by ghosts, demons and aliens all in the same night.
Tales of Halloween arrives just in time for the spooky season on October 16. »
It may only be July, but it can take a while to get in just the right mood for certain annual festivities. So, thank goodness for the early arrival of a trailer for Tales Of Halloween – an anthology horror movie featuring ten different segments, directed by eleven different directors.
“Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only, to terrorise unsuspecting residents.”
In many respects, an advantage of a horror anthology is the fact that it allows for many filmmakers to showcase their work, giving the whole project a fascinating blend of flavours. However, what is notable about Tales Of Halloween, is that – despite – featuring the work of very individual directors, there is an overall tone that snakes through each one, making it feel very much like part of a larger whole. »
- Sarah Myles
Considered the world’s largest genre film festival and running over three weeks long, Fantasia is celebrating its 19th edition this year and the lineup is pretty incredible. This year’s fest runs July 14 through August 4 and will see over 130 feature films including more than 20 world premieres. Legendary filmmaker Sion Sono is delivering three new movies with Tag, Love & Peace, and Shinjuku Swan, meanwhile Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story are bringing horror anthologies back to the big screen. In addition, the festival will offer up the Montreal premiere of Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, the world premiere of Israeli horror flick Jeruzalem, the world premiere of Assassination Classroom and the first Canadian screening of the Canadian/Kiwi festival hit Turbo Kid. The festival is rounded out with screenings of Big Match, Crumbs, Deathgasm, The Demolisher, Experimenter, Cooties, We Are Still Here, The Editor, Cub, He Never Died, »
When a number of directors who have had notable input into horror and genre cinema of their own accord get together to make a new Halloween horror anthology one sits up and pays attention. And so we have been tracking Tales of Halloween because even though there have been no shortage of anthologies of late hardly any are this focused on celebrating that time of year that all horror fan films love. Halloween. On Friday Epic Pictures held a panel at Comic-Con and unveiled the new trailer for the flick. The editing is a touch frantic but there is a lot of information to pass along including who is starring in the flick - the likes John Landis, Barbara Crampton, Barry Bostwick, Pollyana McIntosh, and Joe...
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A first trailer has been released at San Diego Comic-Con for the upcoming horror anthology Tales of Halloween, which we’ve got for you right here…
Tales of Halloween brings you Halloween night like you’ve never seen it before. Ghouls, imps, aliens, axe murderers and more appear in one neighborhood on Halloween to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Tales of Halloween is set for release October 30th in the States and features segments from directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and Paul Solet (Grace).
- Gary Collinson
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