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For the second day of our Stan Winston Week celebration, I wanted to shine the spotlight on another monster movie that I’ve always enjoyed, but it never seemed to get as much love as I thought it should- George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan. It’s a movie that wasn’t perfect by any means, but it was endlessly entertaining all the same, featuring a top-notch ensemble and tons of wonderfully weird and creepy creature effects created by Winston and his team of artists.
Starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Amanda Pays, Hector Elizondo, Meg Foster, Michael Carmine and Lisa Eilbacher, Leviathan was released in theaters everywhere on March 17, 1989 and took a respectable second place for the weekend, right behind Chevy Chase’s Fletch Lives. It only stayed in theaters for a total of three weeks, but still managed to haul in over $15 million during that run, which »
- Heather Wixson
Mooted as the “Star Wars on the 80s” by the outlandish producing team of Golan and Globus at Cannon Films, 1987′s Masters of the Universe may well have worked under different circumstances. With Rocky IV star Dolph Lundgren in the lead, and flanked by Frost/Nixon’s Frank Langella, future Friends’ star Courtney Cox, Meg Foster and 80’s stalwart James Tolkan, the first attempt to bring He-Man to the big screen certainly had some promising ingredients.
Sadly, the finished product annoyed more than it pleased. Masters of the Universe is today considered a flop by most in film circles, grossing just $17 million in a year that saw Three Man and a Baby, Fatal Attraction, Beverly Hills Cop 2 and Dirty Dancing strike it rich. But what many don’t know is how much a struggle Masters was to make for its director Gary Goddard (who never directed a feature »
- Scott Davis
One of the most underrated creature feature’s (and a personal favorite) is George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan. Sure, it’s basically an Alien and The Thing body-horror clone albeit with a deep sea locale, but the ensemble of character actors (Robocop himself Peter Weller, Ghostbuster‘s Ernie Hudson, and even They Live‘s Meg Foster as a steely corporate head!) and spectacular creature effects by Stan Winston make it stand on its’ own.
Scream Factory thinks so too, as they are now set to give the film it’s HD debut and release it during their so-called “Summer of Fear”! Here’s what they had to say:
Our “Summer of Fear” release slate is about to get drenched. We’re thrilled to report that we will be bringing the 1989 underwater monster flick Leviathan to Blu-ray for the first time this August! We know this will please many of you as »
- Justin Edwards
Hanna fights to win Caleb back on the ‘Ravenswood’ winter finale, but will she also be fighting for her life? Watch and see!
It looks like Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) forgot to tell Hanna (Ashley Benson) the first rule of life in Ravenswood: Never take a bath! Two new clips from the Feb. 4 winter finale feature Hanna paying a visit to the titular town, and quickly finding herself in way over her head — literally.
In a nod to Caleb’s now-infamous bath scene from the pilot, Hanna decides to take a dip for herself, only to learn the hard way that it ain’t easy getting clean in this town.
Let’s just say, you probably shouldn’t watch this clip if you have a fear of spiders. Or baths. Or messy breakups.
Watch: Hanna’s Spider Bath
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But the weirdness doesn’t end there! »
- Andy Swift
The ‘Ravenswood’ winter premiere offered up answers about the mysterious curse — and, of course, a million more questions.
Following his three-day stint in Rosewood, Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) returned “home” on the Jan. 7 winter premiere of Ravenswood, only to discover that life in the titular town is even more twisted than when he left.
Sleepwalk This Way
Upon realizing her nightmares were actually allowing her a glimpse into the past — I’m sorry, do your nightmares not do that? – Remy (Britne Oldford) went on a semi-conscious jaunt through the town, followed closely by Caleb and Luke (Brett Dier), who I think found themselves in combat with a scarecrow. Like, an actual scarecrow.
Anyweird, Remy’s nightmare revealed the creation of the original pact, offering her a new clue that leads her to believe the Collins family has more — if not all – to »
- Andy Swift
“Pretty Little Liars” and “Ravenswood’s” I. Marlene King knows a couple things about screaming teens. The first show, which she created based on Sara Shepard’s books about an deceased mean girl who seems to be taunting her friends behind the grave, has a cult-like following that brought an average 3.94 million views to the ABC Family show in 2013 and paved the way for marketing opportunities like a just-launched clothing line. The second show, where King shares creator title with Joseph Dougherty and Oliver Goldstick and which drew a more respectable average 1.96 million fans during its 2013 premiere episodes, is more about scaring fans with ghosts, curses and creepy kids. Both shows resume airing tonight on ABC Family and King was kind enough to share details about developing both shows and about the secret that started it all — “Pretty Little Liars’” “A.”
Fans Not Caught Up On Both Series Should Note That This Post Contains Spoilers. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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- Uncle Creepy
Happy 2014 Everyone! Looking back, I thought 2013 was an exceptional year for horror, especially for independent genre fare that ended making up most of my favorite films over the last 12 months. In fact, 2013 ended up being so good, even a number of remakes that came out this year managed to be as strong as their original horror peers and that’s pretty damn impressive.
Here’s a look at some of my very favorite things that happened in horror along the way during 2013:
I’d been waiting patiently to see Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End ever since I chatted him up about the project at SXSW 2012. Thankfully, the film didn’t disappoint at all when it was released last January. Wonderfully weird and oddly heartfelt, no one has quite mastered the art of the unexpected like Coscarelli has throughout his career »
- Heather Wixson
8 items from 2014
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