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It’s common knowledge at this point that Robert Englund wasn’t the first choice to play Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Actor David Warner was cast in the role, and it was only after he dropped out that… Continue Reading →
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- John Squires
Traditionally, Halloween is about covering yourself in fake blood and going to a party so that people can repeatedly ask you what you came as. When all you really want is a nice night in, right?
Hence this indispensable guide to 12 classic terrifying movies on Netflix. That's 24 hours of horror (give or take), so you can freak yourself out from sundown to sundown without ever having to leave the comfort of your sofa.
Although we strongly advise that you check behind that sofa first - and the curtains while you're at it - for the sake of your peace of mind.
1. The Omen (1976)
Arriving hot on the heels of The Exorcist, Richard Donner's The Omen solidified the notion that small children are terrifying and probably possessed by the Devil. The '70s horror is still an effective frightener that boasts moments to make you leap out of your seat. »
ABC has given a script commitment to Time After Time, an adaptation of the 1979 novel from Karl Alexander, which is being spearheaded by Kevin Williamson, screenwriter of Scream and creator of the likes of Dawson’s Creek, The Vampire Diaries and The Following.
Time After Time follows the legendary sci-fi author H.G. Wells as he pursues Jack the Ripper into the 20th Century San Francisco in order to bring him to justice after the notorious killer uses Wells’ Time Machine to flee Victorian London.
- Gary Collinson
Across film and TV, there have been many Star Trek projects that never got the greenlight. Such as these...
Since 1964 (yep) there have been Star Trek projects that simply didn't make it to the big or small screen. And before Star Trek's second (proper) coming in 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the franchise had more than its fair share of attempts to come to life, and then be reborn.
This lot in fact...
Star Trek – The (original) Original Series
The pilot that sold the show to NBC was in fact the second pilot, after the original, entitled The Cage, filmed at the end of 1964, was deemed too cerebral. That's on top of having other multiple issues that TV executives (and test audiences) of the time couldn't cope with – you know, like gender equality in the workplace. »
It’s always a pleasure to do what we can to shine a light on the myriad fine films that don’t have the luxury of a multi-million pound marketing budget. Though we don’t always make the time we should for these new cinematic voices it’s always worth it, and today is no exception. We’re proud to
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- Jon Lyus
"Scream" film franchise writer and "The Following" creator Kevin Williamson has set up his next series - an ABC drama series adaptation of Karl Alexander's high-concept 1979 time travel-themed novel "Time After Time".
The book followed young Victorian-era author H.G. Wells who penned "The Time Machine" and "War Of The Worlds". Turns out his time machine is quite real and is hijacked by a friend of his, a surgeon named Leslie John Stephenson who is also Jack the Ripper.
With Scotland Yard on his tail Leslie flees to the future - San Francisco 1979 to be precise - and Wells follows in pursuit to try and bring him to justice. Malcolm McDowell, David Warner and Mary Steenburgen starred in a film adaptation of the work.
The show will use that story as a starting off point. What is unknown is the tone - whether it will be more akin to "Elementary, »
- Garth Franklin
The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...
It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.
This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »
'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as the troubled police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, writer-director Paul Schrader's 1998 film doesn't quite reach such heights.* Based on a novel by Russell Banks (who also penned the equally snowy The Sweet Hereafter), Schrader's Affliction relies on a realistic wintry atmosphere (courtesy of cinematographer Paul Sarossy) to convey the deadness inside the story's protagonist, the middle-aged small-town sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte). The angst-ridden Wade is intent on not ending up like his abusive, alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn), while inexorably sliding down that very path. Making matters more complicated, Wade must come to terms with the fact that his ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), will never return to him, »
- Andre Soares
Filming has begun in Dublin on the fourth season of the Victorian era detective drama "Ripper Street" with several new faces joining the cast including David Threlfall as a series regular and wharfinger named Abel Croker.
Also joining him in guest starring roles will be the likes of David Warner, Killian Scott, former "Robin Hood" star Jonas Armstrong and "Harry Potter" regular Matthew Lewis. The new season is the first of two ordered by Amazon for its Prime Instant Video service.
Season 3 launched on Prime last November and attracted larger viewing audiences than some of the biggest U.S. series on the service to date, along with being the most-watched first show among new subscribers.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
In the decades since its premiere, The French Lieutenant’s Woman is now most commonly discussed for its placement in the extensive awards resume of its star Meryl Streep, since it was her follow-up to her Best Supporting Actress win for 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer and would serve as netting her first nomination in a leading category (it’s also interesting to note Streep won the Golden Globe but ultimately, perhaps ironically, lost to Katharine Hepburn, the iconic performer who previously held the most nominations record). But at the time of its release, the final product was the result of a decade long ordeal, seeing many auteurs, actors, and screenwriters attempting to adapt the notoriously ‘unfilmable’ 1969 novel by John Fowles, an experiment in form termed “post-modern historical fiction.” Directed by Karel Reisz, the Czech-born British auteur a British New Wave progenitor of the realist strain of filmmaking, it remains one of his most prolific works. »
- Nicholas Bell
Ripper Street is swelling its ranks with the addition of some exciting new cast members.
David Threlfall is joining the period thriller for its fourth series as villain Abel Croker.
'Jurassic World' velociraptor kicks Iron Man ass at worldwide box office. 'Jurassic World' officially surpasses 'The Avengers' at worldwide box office Directed by Colin Trevorrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Vincent D'Onofrio; and co-executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World has officially become the third biggest worldwide box office hit in history. The Jurassic Park sequel – or reboot, as it's basically the same story with a slightly different twist – has surpassed Marvel's Joss Whedon-directed all-star superhero flick The Avengers, which broke box office records back in 2012. Of course, "officially" just ain't what it used to be – like, in the days before The Fall. So you wisely ask, "But which movie has actually sold the most tickets?" After all, that's the true measure of a film's popularity. Well, that's a tough one to answer without the studios providing accurate, precise numbers. And that's not about to happen. It always »
- Zac Gille
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Dustin Hoffman defends his home against murderous thugs in strong, violent melodrama with appeal to both discriminating trades and the blood- and-guts fans. Rating: R.
Director Sam Peckinpah’s fascination with violence as man’s most basic instinct finds new and disturbing expression in Straw Dogs, a difficult, harrowing film which is in essence a long, slow-burning fuse leading to an explosion of bloodshed. On the whole, the ABC Pictures Corp. production possesses a nightmare intensity few horror films could match, and this should be a factor in drawing both serious filmgoers and the mayhem-minded masses. As an action entry, the Cinerama release has the requisite sex and brutality to pull them in, while Dustin Hoffman’s presence an »
- Joe Dante
Twin Peaks, Season 2, Episode 15, “Slaves And Masters”
Directed by Diane Keaton
Aired February 9, 1991 on ABC
“About the uniform, Coop. Replacing the quiet elegance of the dark suit and tie with the casual indifference of these muted earth tones is a form of fashion suicide, but, uh, call me crazy, on you it works.” — Albert Rosenfeld
“Slaves And Masters” is an episode of Twin Peaks that’s ripe with the feeling of change. The plots that the show spent too much time on over the last few episodes are finally drawing to a close, and the mysterious figures—Windom Earle, Thomas Eckhardt, Andrew Packard—are emerging from the shadows to take a more active role in taking what they feel they’re owed from the town. While not a good episode of Twin Peaks by any stretch of the imagination, still suffering from the same »
- Les Chappell
Movie and TV star David Warner – known to Doctor Who fans as Professor Grisenko in Cold War as well as the Doctor himself in Big Finish’s Doctor Who Unbound series – is among the interview subjects in Doctor Who Magazine 488… Also in this issue is Ingrid Oliver, who tells Dwm about her joy at Osgood’s...
- Christian Cawley
Anton Chekhov’s classic 1896 play The Seagull is getting ready to take flight once more, now that Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening have signed on to lead theatre and film director Michael Mayer’s new take on the tale.
Ant-Man‘s Corey Stoll and newcomer Billy Howe are also in the cast for the adaptation, which boasts a script by Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (play Sons of the Prophet). Mayer is a versatile helmer best known for directing Broadway productions Spring Awakening back in 2007 and Hedwig and the Angry Inch last year. He was Tony-nominated for both and won for the former. As a film and television director, he helmed the family pic Flicka back in 2006 and also worked on NBC’s short-lived musical drama Smash.
- Isaac Feldberg
'The Fixer' movie with Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde and Ian Holm (background) 'The Fixer' movie review: 1968 anti-Semitism drama wrecked by cast, direction, and writing In 1969, director John Frankenheimer declared that he felt "better about The Fixer than anything I've ever done in my life." Considering Frankenheimer's previous output – Seven Days in May, the much admired The Manchurian Candidate – it is hard to believe that the director was being anything but a good P.R. man for his latest release. Adapted from Bernard Malamud's National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (itself based on the real story of Jewish brick-factory worker Menahem Mendel Beilis), The Fixer is an overlong, overblown, and overwrought contrivance that, albeit well meaning, carelessly misuses most of the talent involved while sadistically abusing the patience – and at times the intelligence – of its viewers. John Frankenheimer overindulges in 1960s kitsch John Frankenheimer »
- Andre Soares
Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham on the Oscars' Red Carpet Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham at the Academy Awards Mark Wahlberg and wife Rhea Durham in a red-and-golden outfit are pictured above on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 27. Wahlberg, decades ago known as underwear model Marky Mark, was an Oscar nominee as one of the producers of Best Picture contender The Fighter – which ultimately lost to odds-on favorite The King's Speech. Mark Wahlberg was the only major player in the David O. Russell-directed boxing drama who failed to be nominated for an Academy Award in the acting categories. Co-stars Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Christian Bale were all shortlisted; Leo and Bale ended up winning in their respective supporting categories. Wahlberg, however, was a Best Supporting Actor nominee four years ago: for »
- D. Zhea
You never quite know what you're going to get when you venture Inside No. 9.
From a witch trial in the 17th century to the very human tragedy of a birthday party gone awry, series two took in the heartbreaking '12 Days of Christine', the chilling 'Cold Comfort' and more.
Digital Spy spoke to series co-creator, writer, performer and first-time director Shearsmith about how series two was crafted - and whether a third might be in the works.
There's been a great response to this series of Inside No. 9 - do you follow the reaction as it goes out?
"Yeah I do, it's great to see the reaction - especially because there's so many surprises, which happily we've managed »
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