11 items from 2008
Rob Zombie posted the below flyer on his MySpace page under the subject header "What is Laurie Strode doing this year for Halloween?" I presume this is a plot teaser for something to come in next year's H2 as Zombie is known for dropping hints about his upcoming projects via his blog. ("Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures" is a nice touch, a nod to Peter Graham Scott's Hammer Films production starring Peter Cushing.) This probably won't be the last teaser to come from the man, so Shock will keep you posted as more developments arise. »
While we disapprove of AMC’s decision to air their movies with ad breaks, we do admire their original series, Mad Men, and their various online features. Today, in honor of the holiday, they have launched the Master Monster Hunter Tournament. Readers are being asked to nominate their favorite hunters and the top 16 will be facing off in a voting death match between November 10 and December 12. Finalists are being named on November 6 so you have a week to give this some deep thought as you munch your Halloween treats.
Nominations to date:
Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) Riddick Seth Gecko, From Dusk Till Dawn Blade (Wesley Snipes), Blade, Blade II, and Blade: Trinity Jay & Slient Bob (Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith), Dogma Ashley (Bruce Campbell), Evil Dead Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien, Aliens and Alien 3 Jack Crow (James Woods), Vampire$ Hellboy (Ron Perlman) Alice, Resident Evil Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic »
- Robert Greenberger
Release date: Unknown
Writers: Glenn McQuaid
Review by: Dr. Nathan
Rating: 9 out of 10
The setting was perfect: it was just the second theatre showing ever of I Sell The Dead, it was the North American premiere, it was the final film of the best-ever third edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Fest, and in attendance were director/writer Glenn McQuaid, producer/actor Larry Fessenden, actor Angus Scrimm, actor Brenda Cooney, and producer Peter Phok. You could feel the buzz. And hardly miss Mr. Scrimm’s ultra-funky white glasses.
The movie? High-caliber comedy-horror, done vignette style, as Irish grave robber Arthur Blake (adroitly played by Dominic Monaghan) tells a series of macabre yet wacky tales to a really big priest, Father Duffy (delightfully played by Quiet Earth fave, Ron Perlman) as he awaits his beheading in five hours.
Arthur is the erstwhile partner of the recently-beheaded, »
British zombie fans can enjoy 12 hours of flesheating fun at the second annual Day of the Undead, taking place in Leicester on Saturday, November 1. Movies lined up include Jay Lee’s Zombie Strippers, starring Robert Englund and Jenna Jameson; Omar Ali Khan’s acclaimed Pakistani horror film Hell’S Ground; the UK premiere of New Zealand’s Last Of The Living, from filmmaker Logan McMillan (pictured; see the trailer below); and the original Night Of The Living Dead and Return Of The Living Dead.
There will also be zombie shorts, makeup artists on hand to turn audience members into ghouls and lots of giveaways and prizes.
Day of the Undead is the middle part of the annual three-day Far Out Festival of Fantastique Film. On Friday (which is, of course, Halloween), audiences can view the rarely screened British chiller Corruption, featuring Peter Cushing in an atypically nasty role, plus David Lynch’s uncategorizable Eraserhead, »
As our favorite holiday creeps ever closer, the DVD release slate continues to become increasingly jammed with the year's horror faves and this week is no exception. The big one this week is, of course, Ghost House Underground's massive 8 film horror boxed set. Featuring 8 great horror films from around the world, The Ghu box features many films we've been following all year including; Dance of the Dead, Trackman, The Substitute, Dark Floors, Room 205, The Last House in the Woods, No Man's Land: Rise of Reeker, and Brotherhood of Blood.
Of course if that's not enough Halloween horror for you, Anchor Bay is releasing a new Halloween: 30th Anniversary Box which includes the original '78 film restored, along with Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and the Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror bonus disc. Where Halloween 2 and 3 are I have no idea. »
Rumours continue to abound that Doctor Who will soon be turned into a cinematic entity, with current showrunner Russell T. Davies recently stating that he’s keen on the idea. After all, it would mean a larger budget and more creative and global scope. But before anyone dares to suggest Slitheen in the White House, let's look back at the show’s previous dalliances with the big screen, including several unmade projects. Dr. Who And The Daleks (1965) This commercially successful remake of the second Doctor Who television story 'The Daleks' was a fun, soft-centred romp that featured horror icon Peter Cushing as Doctor Who. Yes, that's 'Doctor Who', not 'The Doctor'. (Still, having ’Who’ as a surname is probably less stigmatised than bearing a double-barrel). The central character was now a doddery Earthling inventor (more) »
- By Ben Rawson-Jones
Hammer Films is back in action as The Wake Wood begins principal photography this week. It’s the first of three new films from the current owner of the production entity. The original story was conceived by producer Brendan McCarthy who cowrote the screenplay with director David Keating (Where do I Begin?). Shooting will take place in Ireland. Vertigo Films has signed on to distribute the film in the United Kingdom in 2009 with a domestic release to likely follow.
The film stars Timothy Spall, Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle about parents who are mourning the loss of their daughter to an attack by a dog. They are suddenly given an opportunity to have three more days with her.
They are also prepping to shoot the English version of the Swedish vampire tale Let the Right One In. Following, according to Variety will be:
“The Resident, a chiller directed by Antti Jokinen »
- Robert Greenberger
The Sun in the UK is reporting today that David Tennant’s negotiations to return for a fifth season as Doctor Who may include a guarantee that he star in the much-rumored feature film. The contract being dangled before the 37-year old actor is reported to be worth £1.5 million.
An unnamed source told the tabloid, “For ages, BBC Worldwide held the rights and were planning to make a movie, but it got held up and former BBC1 boss Lorraine Heggessey decided to bring back the TV series in 2005.
“But everyone is keen now and the fans are clamoring. Part of David’s conundrum is that he wants to do films, so this looks like it would solve both issues.”
- Robert Greenberger
In 2005, "Doctor Who" returned to the BBC after more than a decade off the air and has been met with constant critical success and ratings wins. Now as the series winds down a little to make way for four specials in place of a full season, one could be forgiven for thinking "Doctor Who" fever is gone. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth and even new showrunner Steven Moffat has admitted that he would not object to seeing the show branch out into feature film territory ... as long as it doesn.t step on the toes of the series that is. "A movie is one 90 minutes a year," Moffat told the BBC. "So yes, so long as it never gets in the way of the show. If it gets in the way of the show, that's appalling. "It's been in the cinema, with Peter Cushing. It would »
Oh, diabolical duplicity! There are abominations out there in the world; twisted hive minds dually cast in humanizing flesh and blood. Society would have us believe them harmless, perhaps even friendly. Science might even agree. Film, however, has shown us the facts of the case. These dastardly duos, these insidious inseparables, these twins, as they are colloquially called, they are out there in the world, waiting, scheming, and conniving your imminent and bloody destruction!
Evil twins want to destroy the world!
You may know a pair of twins or two. I have. They might seem like wonderful and relatively normal people. But the fact remains there is filmic evidence that they are all, in fact, very, very bad people who are prone to insanity, vampirism, possession, and Satan worship. I will now bring you seven examples that should persuade even the mothers of these beings; seven horrific films featuring, or »
- Tristan Sinns
A few hours ago Variety posted an article on UK horror films and discovered a few details about Hammer Films' upcoming titles. They already announced that they'll be remaking the Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, and have launched their online horror series via MySpace entitled Beyond The Rave, now they've got three new feature films in the works. Hammer Film Prods. is getting in on the act in the wake of the banner's revival last year by Dutch producer John De Mol by unveiling a slate of pics far removed from the bodice rippers of the 1960s and 1970s with which it made its name. The iconic studio is prepping three features that are a far cry from the theatrical dueling of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing... The Wake, The Resident and The Quiet Ones. »
11 items from 2008
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