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13 Best Vacations Ever Taken on TV

20 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The sun is shining. The weather is warm and we're ready for a little adventure.

But where to?

Even our fictional favorites need a break from the norm every now and then. 

Need a holiday? Our TV friends have plenty of ideas.

There's surfing on Hawaii or playing princess at Disney. We've got Wyoming hunting trips, girlfriends in Paris and days spent lounging on the beach in the Hamptons.

But beware of the pitfalls of going topless, shrinkage, and bad hair days!

So get ready for an epic get-a-away and check out our 13 favorite vacation episodes on TV.

1. Friends - London, Baby! The Friends flew off to London for Ross and Emily’s wedding in one of TV’s most epic trips. Ross said Rachel’s name at the altar instead of Emily's (Oops!), Monica and Chandler began a romantic relationship, and Joey was the best tourist ever! We’re »

- Christine Orlando

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Horror Highlights: Game Of Thrones Sdcc Scavenger Hunt, Famous Monsters, Tales Of Poe, Spell On Wheels

14 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

To celebrate the success of a variety of Game of Thrones merchandise, HBO is hosting a scavenger hunt for fans at Comic-Con starting on Wednesday, July 20th at 6:00pm! Also: Famous Monsters at Sdcc 2016, Tales of Poe DVD and Digital HD release details, and info on Spell on Wheels‘ first issue debut.

Game of Thrones Sdcc 2016 Scavenger Hunt Details: Press Release: “Wednesday, July 13, 2016 — HBO Global Licensing is excited to debut a wide array of new Game of Thrones products and convention exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, and to highlight some of its bestselling products released throughout the series’ run. To help celebrate, HBO is inviting fans to participate in a Comic-Con Scavenger Hunt, sending them on a quest to find some of the coolest Game of Thrones products available on the Comic-Con floor.

Starting Wednesday, July 20th, at 6 p.m. Pt when the convention floor opens for Preview Night, »

- Tamika Jones

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A celebration of disembodied brains and heads in the movies

13 July 2016 8:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016

We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for The Brain From The Planet Arous and Prometheus.

For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.

No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »

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Vincent Price The Last Man On Earth July 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks

16 June 2016 6:58 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

” You’re freaks! I’m a man! The last man!”

The Last Man On Earth starring St. Louis’ own Vincent Price screens Thursday July 7th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143). There will be Vincent Price Trivia with prizes!

Even though Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend has been filmed three times (officially), only one of the film versions worked with a script by Matheson himself (though billed as -‘Logan Swanson’). Originally a Hammer Film property (how great would that have been?), Matheson’s script was eventually sold to Lippert Productions and made cheaply in Italy with an Italian cast and crew, as The Last Man On Earth (1964). For its bankable American star, Vincent Price was cast as the lead. Price was at the peak of his popularity from a series of brilliant Edgar Allan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman (the producers wisely »

- Tom Stockman

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The Magnetic Monster

13 June 2016 9:41 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Ivan Tors and Curt Siodmak 'borrow' nine minutes of dynamite special effects from an obscure-because-suppressed German sci-fi picture, write a new script, and come up with an eccentric thriller where atom scientists behave like G-Men crossed with Albert Einstein. The challenge? How to make a faceless unstable atomic isotope into a worthy science fiction 'monster.' The Magnetic Monster Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 76 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Richard Carlson, King Donovan, Jean Byron, Leonard Mudie, Byron Foulger, Michael Fox, Frank Gerstle, Charles Williams, Kathleen Freeman, Strother Martin, Jarma Lewis. Cinematography Charles Van Enger Supervising Film Editor Herbert L. Strock Original Music Blaine Sanford Written by Curt Siodmak, Ivan Tors Produced by Ivan Tors Directed by Curt Siodmak

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

How did we ever survive without an "Office of Scientific Investigation?" In the early 1950s, producer Ivan Tors launched himself with a trio of science fiction movies based on that non-existent government entity, sort of an FBI for strange scientific phenomena. As of this writing, Kino has released a terrific 3-D Blu-ray of the third entry, 1954's Gog. The second Tors Osi mini-epic is the interesting, if scientifically scrambled Riders to the Stars, which shows up from time to time on TCM but has yet to find its way to home video in any format. The first of the series, 1953's The Magnetic Monster is considered the most scientifically interesting, although it mainly promotes its own laundry list of goofy notions about physics and chemistry. As it pretends that it is based on scientific ideas instead of rubber-suited monsters, Tors' abstract threat is more than just another 'thing' trying to abduct the leading lady. Exploiting the common fear of radiation, a force little understood by the general public, The Magnetic Monster invents a whole new secret government bureau dedicated to solving 'dangerous scientific problems' -- the inference being, of course, that there's always something threatening about science. Actually, producer Tors was probably inspired by his partner Curt Siodmak to take advantage of a fantastic special effects opportunity that a small show like Magnetic could normally never afford. More on that later. The script plays like an episode of Dragnet, substituting scientific detectives for L.A.P.D. gumshoes. Top-kick nuclear troubleshooter Dr. Jeff Stewart (Richard Carlson) can't afford to buy a tract home for his pregnant wife Connie (beautiful Jean Byron, later of The Patty Duke Show). He is one of just a few dauntless Osi operatives standing between us and scientific disaster. When local cops route a weird distress call to the Osi office, Jeff and his Phd. sidekick Dan Forbes (King Donovan) discover that someone has been tampering with an unstable isotope in a room above a housewares store on Lincoln Blvd.: every metallic object in the store has become magnetized. The agents trace the explosive element to one Dr. Serny (Michael Fox), whose "lone wolf" experiments have created a new monster element, a Unipolar watchamacallit sometimes referred to as Serranium. If not 'fed' huge amounts of energy this new element will implode, expand, and explode again on a predictable timetable. Local efforts to neutralize the element fail, and an entire lab building is destroyed. Dan and Jeff rush the now-larger isotope to a fantastic Canadian "Deltatron" constructed in a super-scientific complex deep under the ocean off Nova Scotia. The plan is to bombard the stuff with so much energy that it will disintegrate harmlessly. But does the Deltatron have enough juice to do the job? Its Canadian supervisor tries to halt the procedure just as the time limit to the next implosion is coming due! Sincere, likeable and quaint, The Magnetic Monster is nevertheless a prime candidate for chuckles, thanks to a screenplay with a high clunk factor. Big cheese scientist Jeff Stewart interrupts his experimental bombardment of metals in his atom smasher to go out on blind neighborhood calls, dispensing atom know-how like a pizza deliveryman. He takes time out to make fat jokes at the expense of the lab's switchboard operator, the charming Kathleen Freeman. The Osi's super-computer provides instant answers to various mysteries. Its name in this show is the acronym M.A.N.I.A.C.. Was naming differential analyzers some kind of a fetish with early computer men? Quick, which '50s Sci-fi gem has a computer named S.U.S.I.E.? The strange isotope harnesses a vague amalgam of nuclear and magnetic forces. It might seem logical to small kids just learning about the invisible wonder of magnetism -- and that understand none of it. All the silverware at the store sticks together. It is odd, but not enough to cause the sexy blonde saleswoman (Elizabeth Root) to scream and jump as if goosed by Our Friend the Atom. When a call comes in that a taxi's engine has become magnetized, our agents are slow to catch on. Gee, could that crazy event be related to our mystery element? When the culprit scientist is finally tracked down, and pulled off an airliner, he's already near death from overexposure to his own creation. We admire Dr. Serny, who after all managed to create a new element on his own, without benefit of a billion dollar physics lab. He also must be a prize dope for not realizing that the resulting radiation would kill him. The Osi troubleshooters deliver a stern lesson that all of us need to remember: "In nuclear research there is no place for lone wolves." If you think about it, the agency's function is to protect us from science itself, with blame leveled at individual, free-thinking, 'rogue' brainiacs. (Sarcasm alert.) The danger in nuclear research comes not from mad militarists trying to make bigger and more awful bombs; the villains are those crackpots cooking up end-of-the-world scenarios in their home workshops. Dr. Serny probably didn't even have a security clearance! The Magnetic Monster has a delightful gaffe in every scene. When a dangerous isotope is said to be 'on the loose,' a police radio order is broadcast to Shoot To Kill ... Shoot what exactly, they don't say. This line could very well have been invented in the film's audio mix, if producer Tors thought the scene needed an extra jolt. Despite the fact that writer-director Curt Siodmak cooked up the brilliant concept of Donovan's Brain and personally invented a bona fide classic monster mythology, his '50s sci-fi efforts strain credibility in all directions. As I explain in the Gold review, Siodmak may have been the one to come up with the idea of repurposing the climax of the old film. He was a refugee from Hitler's Germany, and had written a film with director Karl Hartl. Reading accounts in books by Tom Weaver and Bill Warren, we learn that the writer Siodmak had difficulty functioning as a director and that credited editor Herbert Strock stepped in to direct. Strock later claimed that the noted writer was indecisive on the set. The truly remarkable aspect of The Magnetic Monster comes in the last reel, when Jeff and Dan take an elevator ride way, way down to Canada's subterranean, sub-Atlantic Deltatron atom-smasher. They're suddenly wearing styles not worn in the early 'fifties -- big blocky coats and wide-brimmed hats. The answer comes when they step out into a wild mad-lab construction worthy of the visuals in Metropolis. A giant power station is outfitted with oversized white porcelain insulators -- even a set of stairs looks like an insulator. Atop the control booth is an array of (giant, what else) glass tubes with glowing neon lights inside. Cables and wires go every which-way. A crew of workers in wrinkled shop suits stands about like extras from The Three-Penny Opera. For quite some time, only readers of old issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland knew the secret of this bizarre footage, which is actually from the 1934 German sci-fi thriller Gold, directed by Karl Hartl and starring Hans Albers and Brigitte Helm. Tors and Siodmak do their best to integrate Richard Carlson and King Donovan into this spectacular twenty-year-old stock footage, even though the extravagant production values and the expressionist patina of the Ufa visuals are a gross mismatch for The Magnetic Monster's '50s semi-docu look. Jeff's wide hat and David Byrne coat are there to make him look more like Hans Albers in the 1934 film, which doesn't work because Albers must be four inches taller and forty pounds beefier than Richard Carlson. Jeff climbs around the Deltatron, enters a control booth and argues with the Canadian scientist/turnkey, who is a much better match for the villain of Gold. Jeff changes into a different costume, with a different cap -- so he can match Albers in the different scene in Gold. The exciting climax repurposes the extravagant special effects of Otto Hunte and Günther Rittau, changing the original film's attempted atomic alchemy into a desperate attempt to neutralize the nasty new element before it can explode again. The matching works rather well for Jeff's desperate struggle to close an enormous pair of bulkhead doors that have been sabotaged. And a matched cut on a whip pan from center stage to a high control room is very nicely integrated into the old footage. The bizarre scene doesn't quite come off... even kids must have known that older footage was being used. In the long shots, Richard Carlson doesn't look anything like Hans Albers. A fuel-rod plunger in the control room displays a German-style cross, even though the corresponding instrument in the original show wasn't so decorated. Some impressive close-up views of a blob of metal being bombarded by atomic particles are from the old movie, and others are new effects. Metallurgy is scary, man. The "Serranium" threat establishes a pattern touched upon by later Sci-fi movies with organic or abstract forces that grow from relative insignificance to world-threatening proportions. The Monolith Monsters proposes giant crystals that grow to the size of skyscrapers, threatening to cover the earth with a giant quartz-pile. The Sam Katzman quickie The Day the World Exploded makes The Magnetic Monster look like an expensive production. It invents a new mineral that explodes when exposed to air. The supporting cast of The Magnetic Monster gives us some pleasant, familiar faces. In addition to the beloved Kathleen Freeman is Strother Martin as a concerned airline pilot. Fussy Byron Foulger owns the housewares store and granite-jawed Frank Gerstle (Gristle?) is a gruff general. The gorgeous Jarma Lewis has a quick bit as a stewardess. The Kl Studio Classics Blu-ray of The Magnetic Monster is a fine transfer of this B&W gem from United Artists. Once hard to see, it was part of an expensive MGM-Image laserdisc set twenty years ago and then an Mod DVD in 2011. The disc comes with a socko original trailer that explains why it did reasonably well at the box office. Every exciting moment is edited into a coming attraction that really hypes the jeopardy factor. At that time, just the sight of a hero in a radiation suit promised something unusual. Nowadays, Hazardous Waste workers use suits like that to clean up common chemical spills. The commentary for The Magnetic Monster is by Fangoria writer Derek Botelho, whose name is misspelled as Botello on the disc package. I've heard Derek on a couple of David del Valle tracks for Vincent Price movies, where he functioned mainly as an Ed McMahon-like fan sidekick. His talk tends to drift into loosely related sidebar observations. Instead of discussing how the movie was made by cannibalizing another, he recounts for us the comedy stock footage discovery scene from Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Several pages recited from memoirs by Curt Siodmak and Herbert Strock do provide useful information on the film. Botelho appreciates actress Kathleen Freeman. You can't go wrong doing that. Viewers that obtain Kino's concurrent Blu-ray release of the original 1934 German thriller Gold will note that the repurposed scenes from that film look much better here, although they still bear some scratches. On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor, The Magnetic Monster Blu-ray rates: Movie: Good + Video: Very Good Sound: Excellent Supplements: Commentary with Derek Botelho, Theatrical trailer Deaf and Hearing Impaired Friendly? N0; Subtitles: None Packaging: Keep case Reviewed: June 8, 2016 (5138magn)

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B-Movies Master Roger Corman to be Feted by Locarno Film Festival

7 June 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film festival will fete U.S. “King of the B’s” Roger Corman, who is expected to attend and hold an on-stage conversation at the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge cinema.

Corman, who is 90, has agreed to make the trek to Locarno as guest of honor of the fest’s Filmmakers Academy, which provides training for young directors. The festival, now in its 69th edition, runs from Aug. 3 to 13.

The tribute to Corman will comprise screenings of his 1962 school desegregation drama, “The Intruder,” starring William Shatner as a rabble-rousing racist, and 1964’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, top-lining Vincent Price.

“As director and screenwriter, [Corman] made a long series of films whose low-budget model combined principles of quality and popular appeal in unprecedented ways,” the fest said in a statement.

“And through his auteur approach he reinvented the world of genre filmmaking, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Drive-In Dust Offs: X: The Man With The X-ray Eyes

4 June 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Undisputed Fact: Roger Corman is the greatest B picture producer of all time. His ability to find (and exploit, if we’re being honest) amazing talent and pull together movie miracles on miniscule budgets is nothing short of astonishing. However, it’s often downplayed what a smart, succinct director he was on many a project. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) is a stellar example of his talent behind the lens.

Released by Aip in September, X turned a tidy profit on top of its $250,000 budget. Critics were generally kind, but dismissive, calling X well made hokum, essentially. And due to its meager fundage X certainly shows its pedigree through petty set design. But…there’s a kinetic buzz that permeates every frame of X, a swirling colorgasm that bleeds through with Corman’s gift for storytelling. X rises from pulp to a lucid perfection.

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- Scott Drebit

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CBS Home Entertertainment Trips Down Memory Lane with TV Sets

28 May 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Summer is here and that means it’s time for racing in the streets. Or, if you’re not Bruce Springsteen, it’s a time for rest, relaxation, and binge watching. For nostalgia fans from various generations, CBS Home Entertainment is offering up a tasty assortment of television series from country comedy to ripped from the headlines detectives to our favorite science fiction.

The gem of the set may be the complete Blu-ray sets of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation, part of CBS and Paramount’s celebration of Gene Roddenberry’s creation.

Here are the details:

Beverly Hillbillies: The Official First Season

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Synopsis

Join the Clampett family as they move to the most famous zip code in the world when the seven-time Emmy award®-nominated series The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official First Season arrives on DVD April 26 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. »

- ComicMix Staff

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Scream And Scream Again (1970)

28 May 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Every time a hospitalized man wakes up, he’s lost another limb. Meanwhile, London police are on the hunt for a serial killer who drains the blood from his victims before dispatching their bodies. Also meanwhile (again), a Nazi-ish regime is being thwarted from an insider in an Eastern European country. Again meanwhile (and also again), I’m thoroughly confused. And you will be too! Welcome to Scream and Scream Again (1970), a joint Amicus/Aip production that’s as delightful as it is confounding.

Released in the U.K. in January 1970, and the U.S. the following month, Scream and Scream Again enjoyed box office success, bringing in over $1.2 million U.S. against a $350,000 budget. The film has enjoyed somewhat of a reappraisal over the years, with critics succumbing to its seemingly nonsensical charms. And you should too, as long as you keep a notebook and pen nearby.

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- Scott Drebit

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Have Your Say: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing?

24 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

We're nearing that time of the year again, at the end of May, when we get to celebrate the birthdays of three of the biggest legends horror cinema has ever known. I'm talking of course about Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Had they all still lived, Peter would have become 103 this Thursday, and Friday would have seen Vincent reach 105, and Christopher (the eternal spring chicken of the three) reach 94. While all three were famous for horror, all were fine actors in their own right, and all possessed wonderful distinctive voices. No matter how good or bad the films were in which they starred, they made them better, and they brought class, grace and intelligence to the weirdest of places. With...

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Big Breaking Halloween Movie News from John Carpenter and Blumhouse

23 May 2016 9:51 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

When a select few horror outlets were invited to the Blumhouse offices for a super-secret announcement, we really couldn’t guess what the news might be. It could be anything from the resurrection of Vincent Price to them telling us there… Continue Reading →

The post Big Breaking Halloween Movie News from John Carpenter and Blumhouse appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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Mad Max – Live! Stage Play Coming to St. Louis in June

18 May 2016 6:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!”

St. Louis Shakespeare’s The Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre adapts a cult film into an onstage farce once a year. Previous adaptions have included Plan 9 From Outer Space, Reefer Madness, Glen Or Glenda, Game Of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Star Wars Trilogy (!!). In 2011 they helped celebrate Vincentennial, the Vincent Price 100th Birthday Celebration with a stage presentation of one of the home town horror star’s classics: The Abominable Dr. Phibes  in 3D, a sidesplitting, Pythonesque parody.

This year, those crazy Smoking Monkeys are presenting Mad Max – a spoof of all four of those great Mel Gibson action movies (and that Tom Hardy one). So join Mad Max and a cast of rowdy characters in an epic race for guzzolene, freedom and a better life beyond Thunderdome…in 60 minutes or less. That’S Right! »

- Tom Stockman

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Nicolas Winding Refn to produce remake of The Witchfinder General

18 May 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It was only a matter of time before it happened, but it looks like Michael Reeve’s controversial historical drama The Witchfinder General will be receiving the remake treatment, with Nicolas Winding Refn and Rupert Preston set to produce.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Refn will be producing via his Space Rocket Nation company, in collaboration with Preston’s Sunrise Films.  Vertigo Releasing will take charge of the UK distribution.

Based on Ronald Bassett’s novel of the same name, The Witchfinder General from 1968 starred Vincent Price as a fictional take on Matthew Hopkins, a witch hunter appointed by Cromwell who roams the countryside with his henchmen torturing confessions of witchcraft out of women for money.

The budget is estimated to be in the range of $5-10 million and will start filming next year.  So far, no writers or directors are attached.  Refn is also set to produce a remake of William Lustig’s Maniac Cop. »

- Kieran Fisher

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Elle Fanning Horror Movie The Neon Demon Gets New Poster

18 May 2016 8:06 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nicolas Winding Refn truly made a name for himself with Bronson in 2008, but really broke out with Drive in 2010 and his latest film, The Neon Demon, just got a very colorful and strange new poster. The poster comes with the news that Amazon has decided they will be releasing the film, which stars Elle Fanning in the lead, in theaters nationwide on June 24th before it is made available to Amazon Prime subscribers via instant streaming. Amazon Studios acquired rights to distribute the film in the U.S. in November of last year and they are partnering with Broad Green Pictures for the theatrical release of the film.

The film centers around Fanning, who stars as a model named Jesse who moves to Los Angeles with hopes of making it big, but her youth and beauty make her a target for a group of beauty and image obsessed models who »

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"Drive" Helmer Remakes "Witchfinder General"

17 May 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Acclaimed filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has scored the remake rights to Michael Reeves' 1968 cult historical horror tale "Witchfinder General" (aka. "The Conqueror Worm").

Based on Ronald Bassett's novel, Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy and Hilary Dwyer starred in the acclaimed original which was set in Norfolk, England in 1645 and follows real-life witch hunter Matthew Hopkins and the heinous crimes he committed during the English Civil War.

Refn will produce, but Not direct, this new $5-10 million budgeted adaptation alongside Rupert Preston through their Space Rocket Nation and Sunrise Films labels. Vertigo Releasing will handle UK distribution.

The plan is to go into production next year with a view to bringing a new audience to the story, but the decision about whether to completely contemporize the story has not yet been decided.

Refn has "The Neon Demon" playing at Cannes and is producing another horror remake, "Maniac Cop," which is »

- Garth Franklin

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Witchfinder General (1968) Remake In Development with Nicolas Winding Refn as a Producer

17 May 2016 11:04 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Considered by many to feature one of Vincent Price’s best performances, 1968’s Witchfinder General is getting remade as a new film produced by Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon).

According to THR, there is word coming out of the Cannes Film Festival that Refn will produce a Witchfinder General reboot. Refn will help move the reboot forward in development with his collaborator Lene Borglum, but The Neon Demon director will not helm the remake. A search is currently underway for a writer and director for the project, which is estimated to have a $5–$10 million budget.

Also on board to produce the film is Rupert Preston’s Sunrise Films. The UK rights to the Witchfinder General remake have already been acquired by Vertigo Releasing, while Protagonist will oversee international sales.

Directed by Michael Reeves and based on the real-life witch hunter Matthew Hopkins, the original Witchfinder General, aka The Conqueror Worm, »

- Derek Anderson

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Horror Highlights: Edward Scissorhands Statue, Dementia, Fender Bender, Monsterland, The Curse Of Sleeping Beauty Q&A

13 May 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Edward, the pale, lovable creature with scissors for hands can be in your home—in statue form anyway—by the end of this year courtesy of Hollywood Collectibles Group. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a Dementia Blu-ray clip, details on the L.A. screening of Fender BenderMonsterland DVD / Digital release details, and a Q&A with The Curse of Sleeping Beauty director Pearry Teo.

Hollywood Collectibles Group’s Edward Scissorhands Statue: From Hcg: “From Tim Burton’s Gothic masterpiece, we are proud to present Edward Scissorhands!

Presented in 1:4 scale, Edward features an amazingly detailed costume and scissor hands, capturing every intricate detail of this incredible outfit.

Edward stands an impressive 24” tall on his elaborate movie themed display base,

As with all Hollywood Collectibles pieces, this Museum quality statue is constructed from heavyweight poly stone and mixed media and then individually hand painted to the finest detail.

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- Tamika Jones

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Intvw: A Six Pack Of New England Film-making Master Minds, Pt.2

1 May 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The “Boston Underground Film Festival” (http://bostonunderground.org) at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Ma is a hub for early film festival favorites, diverse programming, film culture and community along with multiple blocks of diverse short filmmaking visions. Whether it’s the celebration of local filmmaking talent with the “Homegrown Horror” short film block curated by Chris Hallock or the short film block that looks at the dark, twisted and humorous side of horror with “Fugue & Riffs”. After BUFF18, we had the chance to talk with six of these filmmakers as well as past and present members of these short film blocks at Buff!

These New England filmmakers and their film projects includes Andrea Mark Wolanin (Cleaning House), Izzy Lee (Innsmouth – which played at BUFF18 before the feature “Antibirth”), Jim McDonough (Idiom Origins Vol. 1), Jarrett Blinkhorn (They’re Closing In), Corey Norman (Suffer the Little Children) and Alex Divincenzo (Trouser Snake).

 

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- Jay Kay

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Waxwork (1988)

30 April 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The late ’80s provided a veritable potpourri for horror film fanatics. Slashers had petered out, and filmmakers were keen on exploring other avenues, everything from a parasitic drug slug (Brain Damage) to possession (The Unholy), and all points in-between. Of course, mileage may vary, and many have fallen through the cracks or are best forgotten. Possibly one of the oddest of the bunch is Anthony Hickox’s Waxwork (1988), a goofball mixture of Hammer and Amicus brought kicking and screaming into the modern era with a touch o’ teen comedy sensibility. And in horror, odd never hurts—and sometimes it even helps create an unassuming delight such as this.

Produced and distributed by Vestron Pictures, who scored big the previous year with the terrifying Dirty Dancing, Waxwork was given a limited release in June in the Us and the rest of the world the following year. Made for $1,500,000, it only returned $800,000 domestically. »

- Scott Drebit

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What Can We Expect From Dr. Strange in the McU?

23 April 2016 2:58 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

With filming on Doctor Strange officially wrapped, and the first trailer having been released, we are finally starting to get a better picture of what we can expect from the film when it debuts this November. Cinelinx looks at what we know, what we hope for and what we expect from the movie debut of the master of the mystic arts, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Doctor Stephen Strange is one of Marvel Comics oldest characters, having been created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Strange Tales # 110, back in July 1963. He was inspired by earlier magician characters like Mandrake and Chandu. His appearance was based on legendary horror film star Vincent Price. Dr. Strange has been a big part of many major Marvel storylines over the past 53 years. Stephen Strange is Marvel’s ‘Sorcerer Supreme’, also known as the master of the mystic arts.

There was a very mediocre »

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