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Doctor Who in 2012: A year in review

18 December 2012 12:43 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

2012. It's as if you came and went in the blink of an eye. But very few years have been quite as quintessentially British as 2012 – it'll probably be mentioned in years to come in the same way that ageing, craggy-faced football pundits look back on 1966 with a tear in the eye and a sigh of nostalgia. Whether Mrs Maj pretended to look interested at the Take That man's aggregation of pop stars and comedians; whether countless medals were achieved at the Olympics; or whether the country had maybe one week of glorious sunshine, 2012 would probably boom “Britain. Britain. Britain.” Big Tom-style.

And one typically British aspect still made its presence felt this year. 2012 has been a bit of a mixed bag for Who aficionados – new episodes, new companions, but then goodbyes to past companions, both in the series and in the real world. Add in an ex Doctor attempting gangsta rapping »

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DVD Release: The House That Dripped Blood

13 December 2012 2:53 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 26, 2013

Price: DVD $19.95

Studio: Hen’s Tooth

Ingrid Pitt vamps in The House That Dripped Blood.

British horror legends Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and the late Peter Cushing (Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope) star in the 1970 British horror film The House That Dripped Blood, which has long been out-of-print on DVD.

Here’s the set-up: A Scotland Yard Inspector’s (John Holloway) search for a missing film star (John Pertwee) leads him to a haunted house. The house sets the framework for four separate tales of terror.

All four stories center on the mysterious fates of tenants who have leased the mansion over the years:  A writer’s murderous creation comes to life; a wax figure leads to a fatal argument between two men; a young girl becomes obsessed with witchcraft; and a film star buys a cape that adds »

- Laurence

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Hammer Films 'The Vampire Lovers' Coming to Blu-Ray

9 December 2012 1:28 AM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Michael Juvinall, More Horror.com

Another Hammer Film has been rescued from the vaults and is making its way to Blu-ray courtesy of the fine folks over at Scream Factory, the horror film division of distributor Shout Factory. They have announced that The Vampire Lovers (1970) is headed to Blu-ray sometime in 2013.

The film is directed by Roy Ward Baker (Scars of Dracula, And Now the Screaming Starts!) and stars Peter Cushing (Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein), Ingrid Pitt (Countess Dracula, The House that Dripped Blood), Kate O'Mara (The Horror of Frankenstein), and Madeline Smith (Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell).

The independent distributors are yet to reveal the technical specs and supplemental features that will be included on this release.

Buxom vamps and bloodthirsty beauties abound in this horror thriller showcasing the netherworld's most voluptuous vampire! Traveling the countryside searching for victims, Carmilla quenches her thirst for blood with »

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Official Cover Art for The Vampire Lovers Blu-ray

5 December 2012 9:01 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Vampire Lovers is one of the many classic horror films Scream Factory will be releasing to Blu-ray/DVD next year and they have released the official cover artwork. The 1970 film was directed by Roy Ward Baker and starred Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Kate O’Mara, and Peter Cushing:

“Buxom vamps and bloodthirsty beauties abound in this horror thriller showcasing the netherworld’s most voluptuous vampire! Traveling the countryside searching for victims, Carmilla quenches her thirst for blood with the best-looking maidens she can find. But when she unleashes a murderous sexual massacre on a small town, the local gentry fights back…plotting to drive a stake through the heart of this sexy, savage killer.”

At this time, bonus features have not yet been revealed, but we’ll have more details closer to release. Upcoming titles from Scream Factory include Phantasm II, The Video Dead, Death Valley, The Island, »

- Jonathan James

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Exclusive: We Chat With Original Scream Queen Brinke Stevens

23 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

As a child of the 1980s, I raised myself on a steady diet of terrible zero-budget cable slasher flicks. I would scour the TV Guide to check out what was playing that night, and keep my fingers crossed that my parents would go to bed before my movie would start, so I could sneak into the living room and watch it (at a very, very low volume, lest it wake them.) Brinke Stevens, one of the three "original" scream queens (along with Linnea Quigley and Michelle Bauer) was a frequent star of these cheap little flicks. With over 150 titles to her credit, picking out even a handful of her most well-known credits is tough, but let's try. Slumber Party Massacre, Sorority Babes in the Slime Ball Bowl-a-Rama, and Haunting Fear all spring to mind. After over 30 years in the horror industry, she, Linnea, and Michelle finally have a documentary, Screaming in High Heels. »

- Alyse Wax

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Is Jab Tak Hai Jaan inspired by The End Of The Affair? : Trade News

17 November 2012 4:06 AM, PST | Bollywood Trade | See recent Bollywood Trade news »

A friend who read my review brought this to my notice. The End of The Affair is a 1951 novel by the British author Graham Greene, its story seeded in wartime London. Two Hollywood films based on the novel and with the same title have already been made. It was also adapted into a chamber opera in 2004. The first film was made in 1955 within a few years of the book's publication. Edward Dmytryk directed it, and Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, Sir John Mills, and Peter Cushing acted in it. Read More »

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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Obscure Christopher Lee Chiller 'Nothing But the Night'

2 November 2012 8:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Christopher Lee Halloween! week concludes at Trailer from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing "Nothing But the Night," one of the least-seen Lee-Cushing vehicles. Perhaps the least seen of the Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing vehicles, this was intended to inaugurate a series of classy suspense-horror films from Lee's newly-formed Charlemagne Productions, but its critical and commercial fizzle put an end to the company's plans. The concept had potential, but it just doesn't come together. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Orloff: 'Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies' – CD Review

31 October 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

There's a gazillion horror-themed metal bands out there, and while they're usually enthusiastic and sincere, only a handful manage to distinguish themselves with both talent and originality. So it's always an exciting moment, especially on Halloween, to unearth a black diamond of musical horror in the genre. There are also dozens of indie labels out there specializing in horror music, but one of the more prominent names in the field is Razorback Records, who have discovered some intriguing artists of many modes, ranging from old-school giallo rock like Sweden's Anima Morte and analog electronics with an '80s slasher vibe, to straight-up splatter-metal nastiness. One of the label's latest metal acquisitions is the Louisiana-based outfit Orloff, who take their name from Nosferatu's legendary villain and drape their death, doom and black metal creations in a shroud of gothic atmosphere.   After hearing a three-song demo titled Swamp of the Ravens (named »

- Gregory Burkart

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Trailers from Hell: Joe Dante on Lee & Cushing Team-Up 'Horror Express'

31 October 2012 9:40 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Christopher Lee Halloween! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing "Horror Express," calling the film "one of the most satisfying screen pairings of longtime friends Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing." This Spanish-British coproduction, shot in Madrid under the evocative title Panic on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, remains one of the most satisfying screen pairings of longtime friends Christopher lee and Peter Cushing. Nevertheless Cushing, mourning the passing of his wife, initially tried to leave the picture before shooting and had to be talked into going through with it by Lee, with both later admitting it was one of their most enjoyable experiences. Initially unheralded, it's since become a fan favorite. »

- Trailers From Hell

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Ranked: Top Ten Scariest Actors

27 October 2012 8:25 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Actors often get their accolades for doing drama, comedy, or even action, but it never seems like we properly recognize those actors which do a splendid job scaring us. This is a list of the top ten actors that are excellent at being scary. 

Make-up, prosthetics, computer animation, and costumes can only go so far. What makes a movie character really scary is the actor or actress portraying that character. And it’s not enough just to yell “boo!” at the right moment. No, the best in the business know how to create a believable persona that is disturbing, creepy, disgusting, mysterious, or maybe all at once.

This is a list of my pick for the top ten scariest actors of all time. These actors are veterans and legends in the film industry because of the ingenious ways they were able to spook the audience consistently throughout their career. Their »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Rated: GSP)

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31 Days of Horror: Hammer’s influential ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’ remains a striking work

25 October 2012 6:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Curse of Frankenstein

Written by Jimmy Sangster

Directed by Terence Fisher

UK, 1957

Having enjoyed success with the sci-fi horror film The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), the Hammer studio was keen to further exploit the apparent appeal of darker content – Quatermass had notably been one of the early recipients of the ‘X’ certificate – amongst the British public of the time. In the early stretches of the decade, horror cinema had mostly gone out of fashion, with the popular big-screen monsters now being of scientific or outer space origin. After Quatermass’ success, Hammer decided to resurrect the Frankenstein property, it being the blueprint fiction work for science leading to terror. The tragic creature of Mary Shelley’s creation had become a figure of mockery by the time of its 1948 encounter with Abbott and Costello, but Universal still held copyright despite the property’s apparent lack of profitability. As such, the script of Hammer »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.4) 75-51

25 October 2012 6:15 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

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Special Mention:

American Psycho

Directed by Mary Harrron

Written by Mary Harron

2000, USA

Bret Easton Ellis’s dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s was brought to the big screen by director Mary Harron. Initially slapped with the MPAA’s kiss of death (an Nc-17 rating), American Psycho was later re-edited and reduced to a more commercially dependable “R”. Perhaps the film works best as a slick satire about misogyny, »

- Ricky

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What to Buy This Week: DVD and Blu-ray releases for October 22nd

22 October 2012 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a jam-packed week, with plenty of movies waiting to take you money, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, October 22nd 2012.

Pick(S) Of The Week

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Blu-ray/DVD)

From visionary filmmakers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) comes this visceral, satisfying thriller based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s best seller. Benjamin Walker turns in a killer performance as Abraham Lincoln, who must risk the presidency, his family and his life to protect America from bloodthirsty vampires. Led by the diabolical Adam (Rufus Sewell), the vicious creatures plot to create a nation of their own–the U.S. Thrust into an epic fight against the hideous undead killers, »

- Phil

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Ten Classic Cinematic Horror Deaths

21 October 2012 5:26 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Where would a horror movie be without a classic death scene – or two? We’ve had some great ones over the years: Janet Leigh’s shower to end all showers in Psycho (1960); the ill fated nude swim in Jaws (1975); David Warner’s famous decapitation in The Omen (1976); John Hurt’s serious indigestion problem in Alien (1979); and the exploding head in Scanners (1980). And let’s not forget the gruesome ends that befell pre-stardom Kevin Bacon and Johnny Depp.

Hang on a minute! I’ve just mentioned all the classic ones! Well let’s face it, so much has been written and discussed about those famous demises, they’ve been pretty much done to death (sorry!). Therefore, the following ten are horror-related deaths that deserve some kind of classic status, a couple of which are notable for their surreal and ambiguous nature.But beware...since most of the best death scenes are »

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Scream Factory Adds The Incredible Melting Man And The Vampire Lovers To Their 2013 Slate!

19 October 2012 2:38 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Happy Friday Fright-fans! As you know, not only does Friday signify the beginning of a work-free weekend, it’s also the day that retro home video connoisseurs Scream Factory announce their upcoming releases!

In 2013, we’ll see two former MGM Midnight Movie releases head to Blu-ray for the first time in the world: The Incredible Melting Man and Hammer’s The Vampire Lovers!

Per Scream Factory’s Facebook page:

“Cult classics The Vampire Lovers (1970 – Starring Peter Cushing) and The Incredible Melting Man (1977 – with gooey Rick Baker make-up effects) will both be coming to Blu-ray for the first time next year!”

 

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- Justin Edwards

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Scream Factory Friday - The Vampire Lovers and The Incredible Melting Man Announced; Win a Year's Worth of Releases

19 October 2012 12:33 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Every Friday The Scream Factory announces more of its upcoming previously-hard-to-find titles for DVD and Blu-ray, and of course we were there today, eyes peeled, to see what they would be announcing next.

"Cult classics The Vampire Lovers (1970 - Starring Peter Cushing) and The Incredible Melting Man (1977 - with gooey Rick Baker make-up effects) will both be coming to Blu-ray for the first time next year!"

For more visit the official The Scream Factory website, and "like" The Scream Factory on Facebook.

Also click here for a chance to win a year's worth of Scream Factory releases! One entry per person. The winner will be drawn at random. Contest open to residents of the 48 contiguous states. Must be 18 or older to enter. Contest ends 10/31/12 at 11:59 Pm Pt. Winners will be posted on their official Facebook page (link above).

The Vampire Lovers Synopsis

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- Uncle Creepy

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Peter Cushing & Rick Baker Coming to Blu-Ray!

19 October 2012 10:24 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

One of our favorite companies, Scream Factory (of Shout! Factory) has added two more horror titles to the Blu-Ray barrage, each featuring the work of genre favorites Peter Cushing and makeup god Rick Baker.

While there aren’t any details, the following announcement was found on their Fb page today:

Cult classics The Vampire Lovers (1970 – Starring Peter Cushing) and The Incredible Melting Man (1977 – with gooey Rick Baker make-up effects) will both be coming to Blu-ray for the first time next year! 

The Vampire Lovers also starred Kate O’Mara, Ingrid Pitt, and George Cole, and featured Blood Nymphs and a poster that warned: “Not for the mentally immature!” So be warned. The Incredible Melting Man just drips of Rick Baker, literally.

This probably means we can expect both titles in 2013, and we’ll definitely update you with specs, special features, and a release date when we find out!

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- Andy Greene

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The Vampire Lovers and The Incredible Melting Man are Coming to Blu-ray

19 October 2012 9:25 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Shout! Factory has been announcing new movies for their Scream Factory line every week and just revealed the titles of two more cult classic horror movies that they will be releasing to Blu-ray.

Directed and written by William Sachs, 1977′s The Incredible Melting Man stars Alex Rebar as an astronaut who is“transformed into a murderous gelatinous mass after returning from an ill-fated space voyage”.

The Vampire Lovers is part of the Karnstein Trilogy, along with Lust for a Vampire and Twins of Evil. The 1970 movie was directed by Roy Ward Baker and stars Ingrid Pitt and Peter Cushing.

Both titles will be released on Blu-ray/DVD some time next year. While bonus features have not yet been revealed, we’ll have more details closer to release. For those who want to keep track, here’s the current list of Scream Factory titles that have been released and/or announced: Halloween II, »

- Jonathan James

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Daphne Slater obituary

17 October 2012 6:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who made her name during the early years of drama on television

As a captivating young ingenue in Shakespeare on stage, and Jane Austen on television, Daphne Slater, who has died aged 84, enjoyed a brilliant career for 10 years, followed by decent television work for the next 10, before withdrawing into family life almost completely by 1975.

At Stratford-upon-Avon in 1947, she appeared as a radical (for those days) young Olivia in Twelfth Night; both mother and daughter (Thaisa and Marina) in Pericles; Juliet in Peter Brook's beautiful Romeo and Juliet set in Verona ("a miracle of masks, mists and sudden grotesquerie," wrote Kenneth Tynan); and Miranda in The Tempest. Her Juliet, said Tynan, was rightly "excitable and impetuous, and she communicates this convulsive ardour until it becomes our panic as well as hers". Her future husband, John Harrison, played Benvolio, and their offstage romance continued during The Tempest, in which Harrison played Ferdinand, »

- Michael Coveney

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100 + Greatest Horror Movies (pt.3) 100-76

15 October 2012 2:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.

As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.

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Special Mention: Gremlins

Directed by Joe Dante

Written by Chris Columbus

1984, USA

Gremlins gets a special mention because I’ve always considered it more of a comedy and a wholesome Christmas flick than an actual horror film. This tribute the 1950s matinee genre stands the test of time from a time when parents would take their children to family films that pushed the boundaries of the MPAA. Joe Dante is »

- Ricky

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