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Five More Fun Horror Movies That Received Rotten Reviews

18 December 2013 1:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

We frequently disagree with movie critics on their critiques of horror films. It seems that the majority of mainstream film critics are not able to accept horror films for what they are intended to do: scare the audience and entertain. For a lot of fans, horror films are a form of escapism; they give viewers with an outlet to relax and unwind. We think it’s important for critics to consider the intent of a film when providing criticism. Not every horror film is meant to be taken seriously or to make a profound statement and we think that’s ok. 

We are left wondering if mainstream film critics dismiss horror features as a lesser art form and perhaps tend to view them as not worth their time. In light of that, FEARnet has been running a recurring a piece exploring good horror movies that received ‘rotten’ reviews on the »

- Tyler Doupe

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Fast and Furious star dead at 40 Following Fiery Car Accident

30 November 2013 7:27 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Paul Walker dead at 40: ‘Fast and Furious’ actor dies in fiery car crash Paul Walker, best known for his role as the former cop Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, died today, November 30, 2013, in a fiery car crash in Valencia, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, located in the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County. Early reports indicated that two (unidentified) people had died after a red Porsche crashed into both a tree and a light pole, bursting into flames, in Rye Canyon Business Park. According to police, speed was a likely factor in the crash. Paul Walker was 40. (Photo: Paul Walker.) Walker was a passenger in the car of Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving Performance Motors, described as "a performance shop for high end vehicles," and one of two Valencia-based companies owned by Walker. (As per Santa Clarita’s Khts, the »

- Andre Soares

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Restored ‘Silent Night, Bloody Night’ is Coming to DVD

18 November 2013 8:27 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Many horror fans have seen Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night, but there’s one Christmas-themed horror movie that pre-dates them both. We have word that 1974′s Silent Night, Bloody Night has been digitally restored and will be released just in time for Christmas:

“It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in Silent Night, Bloody Night, on DVD Dec. 10, from Film Chest.

A ’70s drive-in, B-movie flick, Silent Night, Bloody Night gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever!

In Silent Night, Bloody Night, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum … and in which his grandfather died in a fire.When he puts it up for sale, »

- Jonathan James

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Silent Night, Bloody Night Restored and Hitting DVD in December

15 November 2013 1:34 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Now that Halloween is over and millions of turkeys are embarking on their death march, it's time to start thinking about the holiday season. And what better way to kick off your December than with a demented little movie fully restored for the first time?

From the Press Release

It’s Christmas Eve in a small town, but the local children aren’t dreaming of sugarplum fairies in Silent Night, Bloody Night, on DVD December 10 from Film Chest.

A ’70s drive-in, B-movie flick, Silent Night, Bloody Night gained notoriety in the mid-1980s when it was featured on Elvira’s Movie Macabre, gaining a dedicated cult following. Now don’t miss a bloody drop … Enjoy this thriller in HD for the first time ever!

In Silent Night, Bloody Night, a young man inherits a mansion once used as an insane asylum… and in which his grandfather died in a fire. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Watch the Trailer for The Monster Club, Starring Vincent Price

29 October 2013 6:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

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

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Beyond Fest: “The Howling” And “The Wolf Man” With Joe Dante Q&A

25 October 2013 7:20 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Halloween is nigh, and that means horror movies aplenty, not that we need any more of an excuse to dust off the classics of our favorite genre. But Beyond Fest, an event taking place in La throughout this October, is making that experience interactive, bringing together some of the finest filmmakers, the best movies, and even infusing screenings with live music from the likes of Umberto, Goblin, and Alan Howarth.

Perhaps the day I was most looking forward to was this past Saturday’s “Full Moon” double feature, serving up perhaps the two best werewolf movies of all-time, right after one another. Kicking off the evening is 1981′s The Howling, followed by the movie that it (and every werewolf movie) is indebted to: Universal’s The Wolf Man, with Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains, and Bela Lugosi. That right there is reason enough to make the trek to the movie theater… »

- Andy Greene

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Win Free Tickets To Beyond Fest Screenings Of “The Wolf Man,” “The Howling,” & “The Mummy”

15 October 2013 9:17 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

American Cinematheque and Amity have teamed up to create one of the best Halloween film and music festivals of this year, setting up shop at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Hollywood and Santa Monica, respectively.

We’re lucky to have snagged 5 pairs of tickets Each to two upcoming screenings, including a werewolf double feature during October’s full moon! What better way to celebrate that glowing orb in the sky by watching The Wolf Man and The Howling with director Joe Dante in attendance for a Q&A after the show. The night is presented by Nerdist and Trailers From Hell, and any time you can combine Lon Chaney Jr. with Dee Wallace and John Carradine, you jump at it. The screening begins at 7:30 Pm on Saturday, October 19th at Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, and we have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway.

On Sunday October 20th, join »

- Andy Greene

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‘Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming’ Review

9 October 2013 6:56 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adrienne King, Sabrina Dickens, Sule Rimi, Lee Bane, Richard Goss, Kathy Saxondale, Philip Harvey | Written by Andrew Jones, James Plumb | Directed by James Plumb

Welsh filmmakers Andrew Jones and James Plumb re-team once more following Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, for yet another film that shares it moniker with a previous film – this time the 1972 film starring John Carradine and Mary Woronov, Silent Night Bloody Night. And as they did with their previous horror flick Jones and Plumb take the basic premise of the ’72 movie and craft a new film around it. So as with Notld: Resurrection, Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming is essentially a remake of the original film – taking in a number of the same characters, the same abandoned “mansion” and yet another escaped psycho from the local looney bin, yet giving it a British Welsh spin and adding a few new scenes and characters into the mix… »

- Phil Wheat

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Frankenstein and The Invisible Man This Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

7 October 2013 6:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“The brain you stole, Fritz. Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands!”

Celebrate two classics from Universal’s Golden Age of Horror this Saturday morning at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s a double bill from director James Whale; the original Frankenstein (1931) and The Invisible Man (1933). It’s Saturday, October 12th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only $5.

I just saw the original Frankenstein on the big screen last Halloween season when it played with Bride Of Frankenstein as part of a Fathom Event. The 82-year old film holds up as stark, solid, and impressive, overshadowed (a bit unfairly) by the later barrage of Whale’s wit in the more delirious and cinematic Bride. In Frankenstein, Karloff gives »

- Tom Stockman

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The Best Blu-ray & DVD Releases of the Week: The Samurai-Fueled Blaxploitation You’ve Been Searching For

10 September 2013 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Drive-In Collection: Death Force / Vampire Hookers In Death Force, Doug Russell (James Iglehart) is a soldier on the way home to his wife and infant son, but when he runs afoul of two supposed friends he’s left for dead in the middle of the ocean. Luckily he washes up on an island beach where he’s found, nursed back to health, and trained in the way of the samurai by two Japanese soldiers unaware that their war (WWII) ended years prior. Vampire Hookers doesn’t really need a synopsis, does it? Vinegar Syndrome’s latest double feature of obscure drive-in favorites is one of the good ones thanks mostly to the first feature. At its core it’s a revenge flick, but the story touches and fight choreography make it a surprisingly good time »

- Rob Hunter

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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Universal Monster Movie 'Captive Wild Woman'

2 September 2013 8:17 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Brains on Ice! week kicks off at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing Universal's 1943 film "Captive Wild Woman," starring John Carradine as a mad doctor who transforms a circus ape into doe-eyed sex-bomb Acquanetta via a brain swap.A sci-fi twist on Universal’s popular wolfman cycle, this was the first in a trio of ‘Paula the Ape-woman’ movies (including Jungle Woman and Jungle Captive). Resourcefully directed by former editor Edward Dmytryk, who structures his low budget thrills around circus footage from Kurt Neumann’s 1933 The Big Cage. Even with all that extra padding, the whole thing tops out to a zippy 61 minutes of gorilla-girl action. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Evangelical Filmmaker Dies At 86

25 August 2013 6:33 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Carlisle, Iowa — Russell S. Doughten Jr., whose series of evangelical films about a post-rapture Earth was screened to millions of Christians in churches around the world, has died. He was 86.

Doughten died Monday at his home in Carlisle following a long battle with a kidney ailment, Peterson Funeral Home confirmed Saturday.

Although Doughten worked on various secular films – he helped produce the 1958 science fiction classic "The Blob," among other films – he was best known for his four-part film series about what life on Earth might be like after the rapture, or end of times, The Des Moines Register reported ( ). Evangelicals think true believers will ascend to heaven and those left behind will fight a war between Jesus and the Antichrist. http://dmreg.co/19EAcxG

The series, which began with 1972's "A Thief in the Night," follows a young woman who is among the non-believers left behind. Doughten appeared in the »

- AP

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Scene-Stealing Supporting Player Is Star for a Day

4 August 2013 3:09 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mary Boland movies: Scene-stealing actress has her ‘Summer Under the Stars’ day on TCM Turner Classic Movies will dedicate the next 24 hours, Sunday, August 4, 2013, not to Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Esther Williams, or Bette DavisTCM’s frequent Warner Bros., MGM, and/or Rko stars — but to the marvelous scene-stealer Mary Boland. A stage actress who was featured in a handful of movies in the 1910s, Boland came into her own as a stellar film supporting player in the early ’30s, initially at Paramount and later at most other Hollywood studios. First, the bad news: TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" Mary Boland Day will feature only two movies from Boland’s Paramount period: the 1935 Best Picture Academy Award nominee Ruggles of Red Gap, which TCM has shown before, and one TCM premiere. So, no rarities like Secrets of a Secretary, Mama Loves Papa, Melody in Spring, »

- Andre Soares

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Blu-ray Review: Tyrone Power Classic ‘Blood and Sand’ Makes HD Debut

22 July 2013 2:43 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – 1941’s “Blood and Sand” features Tyrone Power and Rita Hayworth at their charismatic peaks and the new Blu-ray HD transfer courtesy of Fox is a solid one for fans of this bullfighting melodrama. It’s far from a perfect film but Rouben Mamoulian’s saga of love, fame, and death works on its own terms and contains some notably strong cinematography, for which it won the Academy Award. A solid commentary track on the Blu-ray from a legendary cinematographer highlights the visual strengths of this 70-year-old classic.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

The opening act of “Blood and Sand,” while setting up the visual palette, feels bloated to a degree that impacts too much of the rest of the film. It takes too long to get to the adult Juan Gallardo (Power), who returns to his Spanish home town a successful bullfighter like his controversial father. He finally has the fame and money to marry his first love, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: Blood and Sand

17 July 2013 9:42 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

The Golden Age of Hollywood is filled with shining stars, brilliant directors and pioneering films that built a foundation for all to follow. As a result, films from those first decades are viewed with nostalgia and fondness, making us consider them all to be wonderful, especially the ones form the Big Name Stars. The magic of those early years was nicely captured by Martin Scorsese in Hugo and the bets of the best are restored and released on Blu-ray waiting to be rediscovered.

While we bemoan the justifiably bemoan the bloated nature of films, hoping they would be trimmed by 15-20 minutes and emphasis character over mindless action, we cite the classics in the field. And then come along older films that sound promising, look interesting and ultimately show they have not aged at all well. 20th Century Home Entertainment just released Tyrone Power’s Blood and Sand on Blu-ray »

- Robert Greenberger

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The Monster Club Blu-ray Cover Art and Updated Release Date

5 July 2013 8:58 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It was revealed that Scorpion Releasing was working on The Monster Club Blu-ray last year, and it was recently announced that the movie would be available this fall. We now have a look at the official cover art and an updated release date:

“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. This will be vailable both Bd and Sd.”

Scorpion was originally looking »

- Jonathan James

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What To Watch This Fourth Of July Weekend

4 July 2013 4:33 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Whether you celebrate July 4th with backyard fireworks, beach barbecues or a low-key day on the couch, chances are you'll encounter a television at some point over the Independence Day holiday weekend, so we've rounded up the best TV specials and marathons to entertain you over the fourth of July and beyond.

From nostalgic fare like "Boy Meets World" and "Beverly Hills, 90210" to educational series like "Through the Wormhole" and "Parts Unknown," all the way through to movie marathons of "Die Hard" and "Pirates of the Caribbean," there's something for everyone on the small screen this weekend. Read on for our highlights. (All times Et/Pt.)

Thursday, July 4

"Cake Boss" (6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., TLC)

Tempt your sweet tooth with a marathon of baker Buddy Valastro's elaborate creations.

"Fear Factor" (6 a.m. to 6 a.m. Friday, Chiller)

24 hours of hair-raising obstacles and stomach-turning food challenges as couples, »

- The Huffington Post

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Steven Spielberg Wants to Hitch a Ride with the Joads for a 'Grapes of Wrath' Reboot

3 July 2013 11:23 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Ah, the Joads. Those poor folks gave all-new meaning to the term down-trodden, did they not?

John Steinbeck's classic American novel "The Grapes of Wrath" — winner of the National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize and permanent placement on pretty much any high school reading list in the country since its 1939 release — has already seen the cinematic light of day once before, but now it looks like this woeful tale might just be the next new project for Steven Spielberg.

Yep, per Deadline, he and DreamWorks are currently in talks with the estate of the long-passed novelist to secure the rights to re-adapt the book for the big screen.

Reportedly, Spielberg has exactly zero interest in directing the would-be project but does want involved in a producer capacity.

Seeing as the book approaches its 75th anniversary in 2014, suspicion has it that said timing will be capitalized upon with this potential remake, »

- Amanda Bell

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Spielberg & Dreamworks Bringing Us ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Remake

3 July 2013 6:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Just in time for the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes Of Wrath, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg (who’ll produce) and Dreamworks Pictures are set to move forward with another adaptation of the book and are actively in negotiations with the late Steinbeck’s estate. The Grapes Of Wrath was previously brought to the screen in 1940 by John Ford, who walked away with the Best Director Oscar for his work, which starred Henry Ford, Jane Darwell and John Carradine.

Steinbeck’s novel centres on Tom Joad, who returns to his Midwest family home following a jail sentence to find his loved ones kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He locates them working on his Uncles farm and convinces them to head for California to start a new life. However, during the Great Depression, it becomes harder than he ever could have imagined.

Source: Deadline »

- Craig Hunter

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FEARnet Movie Review: 'The Howling' Blu-ray

17 June 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

1981 was a pretty exciting year for fans of werewolf cinema. Not only did we get John Landis' masterful An American Werewolf in London and a decent adaptation of Whitley Streiber's novel Wolfen, but there was also Joe Dante's The Howling, which is a clever little werewolf flick with a sense of humor that still holds up pretty darn well after all these years. No, the special effects aren't quite as amazing as those found in the John Landis movie, and some of the film's social commentary is stuck firmly in the late 1970s, but given how seldom we get new werewolf flicks these days, there's always something to be said for an old one that can still deliver the goods.

Loosely based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner, The Howling is about a TV reporter who suffers a violent assault from a mysterious killer »

- Scott Weinberg

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