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Welcome back for day six of Daily Dead’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide! It’s a brand new week, which means we’ve got five more days of badass horror and sci-fi themed gift ideas in store for you. Keep checking back each day for more fun gifts picked with you guys in mind.
Kicking off our second gift guide week, we’ve some Universal Monsters-themed choices, a brand new horror-themed collectibles set from Funko, an array of flasks perfect for anyone who loves their booze as much as they love their monsters, and another amazing Cthulhu-themed item that’s just as badass as last week’s knit Cthulhu ski mask choice.
Read on for the lowdown on today’s gift choices below and see you back here for more holiday cheer tomorrow!
Movie: Today’s first gift selection is actually something that came out last year, the Universal Classic Monsters: »
- Heather Wixson
Oliver Davis counts down the best ever casino films...
5. Ocean’s Eleven
It’s got more stars than a sky-gazing evening with Brian Cox, Ocean’s Eleven was a dream team-up movie with as-yet-unmatched ‘name’ power.
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts…even Bernie Mac, the 2001 remake even surpassed Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.’s original. Flashy, Soderbergh-slick and with a twisting Las Vegas casino heist climax, Ocean’s Eleven was successful enough to spawn two sequels…which makes the current Ocean’s count around 36.
At the Casino Royale, James Bond (Daniel Craig) is up against Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a high-stakes game of poker. It’s so tense, the bad guy cries blood. Which is how all villains should weep.
The casino setting is a Bond movie staple, so it’s a smart convention to embrace for Craig’s first outing as the character. »
- Gary Collinson
Next in line to inherit the throne of Royal films is Diana. The film takes audiences into the private realm of one of the world’s most iconic and inescapably public women – the Princess of Wales, Diana (two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts) — in the last two years of her meteoric life.
On the occasion of the 16th anniversary of her sudden death, acclaimed director Oliver Hirschbiegel (the Oscar-nominated Downfall) explores Diana’s final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews, “Lost,” The English Patient), the human complications of which reveal the Princess’s climactic days in a compelling new light. Diana is in select theaters now.
As long as filmmakers have been bringing the lives of England’s Kings and Queens to the silver screen have moviegoers been going to the cinemas to be schooled in British Monarchy.
So Arise, Sirs and Ladies, »
- Movie Geeks
Bruce Dern in ‘Nebraska’: AFI Fest 2013 highlight The Los Angeles-based AFI Fest, which kicked off last Thursday, November 7, 2013, continues until next Thursday. On Monday, November 11, the highlight of AFI Fest 2013 is Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (7:00 p.m. at Tcl Chinese Theatre), likely to earn a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for veteran Bruce Dern, who earlier this year took home the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo: Bruce Dern, Will Forte in Nebraska.) Set in Kentucky (kidding), Nebraska accompanies an elderly man (Dern) and his son (Will Forte) as they travel from Billings, Montana, to Lincoln, Nebraska, so he can collect sweepstakes prize money he believes he has won. In sum, Nebraska is what’s called a Road Movie, in which the Road is a metaphor for Life. Shades of brothers Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise getting to know one another in Barry Levinson’s Rain Man, »
- Andre Soares
In the world of horror cinema, the best way to fight a monster–be it supernatural, human, or natural one–is with a character that possesses special knowledge and skills. These experts, recruited into battle by other characters or colliding with the conflict intentionally, are the savants of the horror world.
Examples of savant characters include David Warner’s bat expert Phillip Payne in Nightwing, Zelda Rubinstein’s spiritual medium Tangina in Poltergeist, Matthew McConaughey’s dragon slayer Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire, Lin Shaye’s paranormal investigator Elise Rainier in Insidious, and Otto Jespersen’s monster killer Hans in Trollhunter.
This article, divided into three sections based on what type of monstrous force is being fought, focuses on the greatest savant characters the horror genre has to offer.
Vs. The Supernatural
- Terek Puckett
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time around for one simple reason: that is, the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Directed by Luis Buñuel
The dream – or nightmare – has been a staple of horror cinema for decades. In 1929, Luis Bunuel joined forces with Salvador Dali to create Un chien andalou, an experimental and unforgettable 17-minute surrealist masterpiece. »
- Ricky da Conceição
Unstoppable Monsters! week at Trailers from Hell concludes on a ferocious note with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Steven Spielberg's 1975 horror-adventure classic "Jaws," starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss and three outsized powered prop sharks all named Bruce.After warning us that everything there is to say about Steven Spielberg’s seminal summer blockbuster has pretty much already been said, Josh manages to find a few things to talk about anyway. »
- Trailers From Hell
Steven Spielberg's new film does not disappoint critics at the San Sebastián film festival
San Sebastián's 23rd Film Festival has been the best for some time if all you're doing is looking at films. But that may not be much comfort to the organisers, since very few crowd pulling stars arrived and those who did whipped on and off the stage as if half ashamed to be there. Still, Steven Spielberg and Jaws came, though without Bruce, the famous mechanical shark that gobbles up a heavily corseted Robert Shaw. "Gee," said a rather bemused-looking Spielberg, not yet 30 and rich as Croesus on the proceeds, "it's been a high point in my life." He was heartily cheered by the Spanish audience, and executives immediately got busy revising upwards their already generous estimates of the film's European box-office potential.
Truth to tell it was a great relief to see Jaws and »
- Derek Malcolm
Last month, Alan Taylor, director of upcoming Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World revealed that there were going to be a number of re-shoots to incorporate new scenes and elements to the narrative. These particular story changes would be to add more Loki, capitalising on the popularity that Tom Hiddleston’s performance of Thor’s evil brother has garnered.
The re-shoots will also be bringing back Anthony Hopkins as Odin and is rumoured to make a significant change to the end of the film. But, as much as fans love Loki, they love to squabble and doubt even more with many proclaiming that Thor: The Dark World is in trouble and heading for a New York Chitauri style disaster; but is it?
Re-shoots aren’t new to film production, nor is a production that has troubles or is an out-right disaster. So with that, here are 4 films which either seemed »
- Martin Deer
Soon after the social-media phenomenon that was "Sharknado," it's doubtful there could be a better time for "Ghost Shark."
Syfy stays in the what-else-can-we-do-to-a-shark game with its latest original movie, debuting Thursday, Aug. 22. Indeed, the title creature is undead, having been killed by a fisherman ... and it returns to wreak vengeance, one of its targets being the father of a young woman played by "7th Heaven" alum Mackenzie Rosman.
Though Rosman was unaware of the countless Tweets that "Sharknado" prompted when Syfy first ran it last month, Moll knew about it and realized what it might do for his own shark movie.
"I choose to live without a television, so I miss all this great stuff," he tells Zap2it. »
Timur Bekmambetov's upcoming horror flick Squirrels has already been dubbed the new Sharknado across social media following the recent release of its trailer.
A new poster has followed today (August 22), featuring a squirrel nibbling on a severed human finger along with the tagline: "Hold onto your nuts".
We know we can't wait to see it, so in anticipation we look back at 12 other films where good animals go bad (or just where very bad ones attack). From bloodthirsty squirrels to giant, mutant rabbits - take a look at your peril below.
The Birds (1963)
Strange seagulls and other creepy winged creatures turn on a beautiful socialite (Tippi Hedren) in a small Northern California town in Alfred Hitchcock's atmospheric thriller, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier.
Killer Bees! (2010)
A big part of what makes Stephen Spielberg such a standout director is his ability to tell a story. Within that ability is a subcategory that is just as important. That is the ability to develop and maintain quality characters. Keeping that in mind this list is dedicated to the top ten characters Spielberg created. If a character was based on a real person or already established in another medium, like a novel, they were not eligible for his list. This list was reserved for characters that Spielberg was responsible for bringing to the forefront…
10) Duel Tractor-Trailer
I know calling a vehicle a character might turn some people off. How can inanimate object be considered a character? Well if you watch Duel you will get your answer. From the grimy design to the it’s menacing presence this simple vehicle became a vindictive object bent on destruction. Right from the »
- Phil Wheat
Feature Aliya Whiteley 19 Aug 2013 - 07:32
There was something remote about Mary Ure that came across on screen so clearly. She looked untouchable, distant; she had great poise and enormous eyes that always contained a hint of wariness. A theatre actress in the main, she made very few films, but she always brought deeper meaning to the movies she was in, from action thrillers to science fiction, social drama or literary adaptations.
Always the supporting actress, her quiet ability to wring emotion from few words added a huge amount to these films. It’s so sad that she left behind only a few cinematic performances when she died at a young age, but here are five of her very best roles, and a reminder of how talented she was. »
Shark Week is upon us and we're marking the occasion by celebrating the film series that made us all afraid to go back into the water: "Jaws."The 1975 movie helped launch the career of Steven Spielberg, was nominated for Best Picture and took home Oscars for Best Film Editing, Dramatic Score and Sound.It also made us all think twice before going for a swim.The flick, which starred Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss, would spawn three sequels -- "Jaws 2," "Jaws 3-D," and "Jaws: The Revenge" -- which randomly starred celebs like Dennis Quaid, Lea Thompson and even Michael Caine. 38 years after the original movie's release, we've sadly said goodbye to a lot of the franchise's stars, including Sheriff Brody himself.From the tragic to the impressive, check out the gallery above to find out what happened to some of the franchise's more familiar faces -- and »
- tooFab Staff
We learned that there are few things in the world that are more dangerous than a 25-foot-long great white shark in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. Namely, aluminum Scuba tanks. Why someone would strap on a mini-bomb of such design to their backs is beyond me, but divers do it every day. Of course, they rarely spontaneously explode, most likely because there isn’t a small-town sheriff firing a rifle at them while they dive. As Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and Chief Brody (Roy Scheider) begin their mission aboard the Orca, one of Hooper’s Scuba tanks falls over. Hooper immediately explains how dangerous this is and how the compressed air inside the tank could basically ignite the entire ship and wipe out life as we know it on planet earth. Okay, so he maybe doesn’t say those exact words, but the implication is clear: Scuba tanks are hella dangerous and have the potential to explode. Fast-forward »
- Kevin Carr
Saying this is a dire week for home video releases is an understatement. It’s the middle of Summer, so people are either vacationing or checking out the latest $200 million blockbuster at their local cinema. However if you’re like us, you’re combing through your video collection in search of summer camp slasher & late night T&A comedies! We’ve got a couple of titles below to share (some classics, some not), but I’d say this is a good time to catch up on some discs you may have missed from previous weeks’. One title of most importance is Jaws, which sees another wide release now that the Blu-ray Book edition is no longer a Best Buy exclusive.
Read on for the rest of this weeks’ newest releases!
Fright At Home: July 2nd’s DVD & Blu-ray Releases
Purchase: Jaws (Blu-ray/Universal)
When the seaside community of Amity finds »
- Justin Edwards
Today the summer blockbuster has become a staple in our society. The hype machine has grown larger and larger now with the anticipation for the next-big-thing building years prior to release. Millions have turned into billions as domestic hits have transformed into worldwide sensations. We forget the summer movie season was not nearly as predominant as it is now. People peg one movie as the conduit that started it all, and obviously that film is Steven Spielberg’s second feature Jaws. The success propelled Spielberg from up-and-comer to surefire superstar. Not only was it the first film ever to reach the $100 million mark it was also nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Picture. Strangely enough Spielberg did not receive a nomination for his directing efforts. Still, throughout the years Jaws »
- Dan Clark
Recent hot cinema topics such as the portrayal of the Mandarin character in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 and speculations about what classic Star Trek villain Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness was modeled after leading up to the film’s release, among others, underline the importance of great villains in genre cinema.
Creating a great cinematic villain is a difficult goal that makes for an incredibly rewarding and memorable viewer experience when it is achieved.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains. Other writing on this subject tends to be a bit unfocused, as “greatest villain” articles tend to mix live-action human villains with animated characters and even animals. Many of these articles also lack a cohesive quality as they attempt to cover too much ground at once by spanning all of film history.
This article focuses on the 1970’s, »
- Terek Puckett
The 1973 Palme d'Or at Cannes was shared by two disparate, odd-couple road movies: Alan Bridges's The Hireling, in which chauffeur Robert Shaw drives rich widow Sarah Miles on visits to English cathedrals, and Jerry Schatzberg's Scarecrow, starring Gene Hackman (recently released violent convict) and Al Pacino (recently signed-off gentle merchant seaman) who meet in California and set out to hitchhike to Pittsburgh where they intend to open a car wash. Both films are largely forgotten now, but neither is without merit.
Scarecrow, an elliptical mixture of the tough (Pacino is raped on a prison farm) and the whimsical (the title tells us that scarecrows are successful because crows find them funny), is the best film in Schatzberg's small but interesting oeuvre. The magnificent cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond has dusty images of »
- Philip French
When I saw the promotional material for "The Frankenstein Theory," I admit rolling my eyes and thinking the movie sounded ridiculous. I couldn't help but have low expectations going into it with cover art exclaiming, "From the creators of 'The Last Exorcism.'" Whenever a movie carries a bi-line like that to promote it, you can bet it's going to be a disappointment. This indie found "footage" film is the perfect example of a concept that shouldn't work but did.
Desperately driven to prove himself to the world, Professor John Venkenheim leads a documentary film crew to the edge of the Arctic Circle. He intends to expose to the world his inconceivable theory. He believes that Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" is a work of non-fiction disguised as fantasy and that the creature is alive and well. As they travel deeper into the desolate snow-covered plains, strange events and happenings unfold around them. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
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