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“I love zombies. If any monster could Riverdance, it would be zombies.”
We’re not the only ones obsessed with—ahem—The Walking Dead. Everybody seems to be in on it.
Here’s a very, very, short list of zombie movies:
28 Days 28 Days Later Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies <a class="zem_slink" title="Night of the Living Dead" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/0671835734/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">Night of the Living Dead</a> The Evil Dead <a class="zem_slink" title="I Walked with a Zombie / The Body Snatcher" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/B000A0GOFA/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">I Walked with a Zombie</a> I Was a Teenage Zombie I Was a Zombie for the FBI They Came Back <a class="zem_slink" title="Shaun of the Dead" href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/Asin/B0006A9FKA/associatizer-20/ target="_blank" rel="amazon">Shaun of the Dead</a> World War Z I am Legend
There are lots more.
Yeah, everybody loves zombies.
Everybody but me, that is. (Okay, I did love Shaun of the Dead.)
The first time I saw a zombie movie was way back when, and it was George Romero’s classic Night Of The Living Dead. Only I really didn’t see it because I was terrified and spent most of the time either cringing, »
- Mindy Newell
Before the internet, late night television and the long aisles of a video store were to cinephiles what ancient ruins were to archeologists. Somewhere deep and sometimes in the dark was that treasure just waiting to be discovered and shared with the world Archeologists got fame and glory. Cinephiles got the credit for showing you something you’ve never seen before.
But now in our new modern age of the internet and digital media, the search for those obscurities in the celluloid vaults has become a far more difficult undertaking. With video stores going the way of the dodo and revival houses always in danger of closing down, some films may never see the light of public consciousness again (if they ever saw it in the first place). It’s a scary possibility that audiences may be deprived of some of the best offbeat and obscure visions from filmmakers who »
- Mickey Galie
February is Black History Month, and to help celebrate, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting a Tribute to the 86-year old Sidney Poitier at their Classic Black Film Festival. Lucky St. Louis movie buffs will have the opportunity to view eight vintage Sidney Poitier on the big screen. Every Thursday in February, The St. Louis Black Film Festival will be presenting two Poitier films at St Louis Cinemas Galleria (630 St Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights, Mo 63117).
Sidney Poitier continued to break race barriers with the formula jail-break drama The Defiant Ones in 1958. Tony Curtis and Poitier play white and black inmates who, while chained together at the wrist, »
- Tom Stockman
In the long history of horror fiction, few characters are as iconic and well-known as the Frankenstein monster. Mary Shelley’s creation has appeared hundreds of times across different media, and his name and image are instantly recognizable the world over. While the most famous cinematic depiction of the creature is, of course, Boris Karloff in James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), many other actors have played the role over the years, including Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Christopher Lee, David Prowse, Clancy Brown, Chris Sarandon, and Robert De Niro. Now we have I, Frankenstein, a fantasy-action film based on the graphic novel of the same name by Kevin Grevioux and starring Aaron Eckhart as the titular monster. Despite some nice visuals and a good cast, I, Frankenstein is pretty mediocre overall, and largely squanders what potential it did have.
Shortly after the death of his creator in 1795, the Frankenstein »
- Timothy Monforton
Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.
There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.
In rare cases, »
With Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein, the English storyteller unleashed one of mankind's most memorable monsters. The reanimated corpse created by Victor Frankenstein made his film debut in 1910 in the 16-minute short "Frankenstein." Since then, this creature has appeared in a long list of feature films, portrayed by the likes of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Peter Boyle, and Robert De Niro. Tomorrow, as I, Frankenstein hits theaters, the film's star Aaron Eckhart will join their ranks, and with a proud tradition of adding empathy to the tale of this misunderstood monster. Based on the graphic novel by Underworld co-creator Kevin Grevioux, I, Frankenstein follows the monster's journey from an 18th century cemetery to a contemporary dystopia where two immortal clans are engaged in a brutal war that will determine the future--or lack thereof--of the human race. Eckhart was tasked with the tricky role of giving »
- Jonathan Stryker
Boom! Studios recently announced a January release for Curse, a new series from Michael Moreci (Hoax Hunters), Tim Daniel (Enormous), Riley Rossmo (Rebel Blood) and Colin Lorimer (Uxb) that promises to put a new spin on werewolf mythology. The first issue will be available on Wednesday and Michael Morci and Tim Daniel have shared their favorite werewolf movies with us:
“Laney Griffith is a man who will do anything to save his son from leukemia, but the cost of treatment has broken him financially. When he pursues an elusive murderer in the wilderness of his small, rural community, in the hopes of securing a substantial bounty, Laney is confronted with something he never could have expected: a werewolf. The captive lycan, in human form, turns Laney’s life upside-down, forcing him to confront his haunted past and race against the clock—because the wolf will return, and Laney’s son’s condition continues to worsen. »
- Jonathan James
8 items from 2014
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