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Only two actors have officially played Freddy Krueger on camera. The most recent was Jackie Earle Haley in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, and as fine as Haley was in the role, there just wasn't anything strong enough in that film to overpower two decades of Krueger legacy built by the inimitable Robert Englund. But Robert Englund wasn't even the first person cast as the supernatural child killer. Englund was only able to take the role after Wes Craven's first choice, David Warner (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Titanic) dropped out of the movie due to a prior commitment that conflicted with the shoot. And this wasn't just an issue of Craven wanting Warner and they never got past the paperwork. The actor actually went through makeup...
- Peter Hall
Ra's al Ghul has had various interpretations over the years, from David Warner's gentlemanly strategist in the animated Batman series to Liam Neeson's more personal philosophy driven interpretation in "Batman Begins".
On Wednesday night The CW's "Arrow" introduced its version, played by former Australian football player turned acclaimed actor Matt Nable. The role was only a few lines and one very brief on screen appearance, barely a cameo, but does hint at a different interpretation again.
If there was one surprise it's that Nable look and accent were only partly adjusted, meaning the character certainly sounds and appears different than some expected. Executive producer Marc Guggenheim tells MTV that they deliberately didn't follow the comic books when it came to casting:
"In our casting process, we didn't want to go with the willowy, sinewy Ra's that was established in the comics. We wanted someone who would be a formidable physical presence. »
- Garth Franklin
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Over the decades, David Warner has taken on a lot of roles in television shows and movies, but one role could've defined his career if not for a scheduling conflict. For me, I most recognize the Emmy Award winning actor as 'Chancellor Gorkon' from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the main antagonist of 1988's Waxwork, but at one time he could've been 'Freddy Krueger' in the 1984 horror-classic, A Nightmare On Elm Street. Wes Craven had originally wanted a stuntman for the role, but then quickly realized an actor was needed. He chose Warner for the part, but a scheduling conflict forced Warner to drop out and Robert Englund stepped in. Below, are images of Warner taking part in a makeup test for the role. A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) - Can your nightmares be fatal? In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movie »
Robert Englund is celebrated by horror hounds for bringing to life the wicked wit and intimidating menace of Freddy Krueger in eight A Nightmare on Elm Street films and a TV series. But what may surprise some Elm Street strollers is that David Warner (The Omen) was originally cast in the role of the iconic killer, and we have a look at what Freddy would have looked like with Warner behind the scorched skin.
Originally considered to play Freddy Krueger, David Warner had to opt out of Wes Craven’s horror classic due to scheduling conflicts, but before he was out of the picture, early makeup tests were completed that show Warner as the dream invader.
David Warner has played a plethora of characters over the decades, including roles in The Omen (1976), Tron, In the Mouth of Madness, Titanic, and more recently portrayed Professor Abraham Van Helsing in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. »
- Derek Anderson
It’s all but impossible to imagine anyone else but Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, the razor-gloved antagonist of the Nightmare on Elm Street series (sorry, Jackie Earle Haley). Making his first appearance in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, Englund went on to portray the character in six sequels, a TV series, and the 2003 franchise crossover Freddy vs. Jason, creating a pop culture icon in the process.
But it could have been so much different, had it not been for scheduling conflicts with Wes Craven’s first choice for the role, British actor David Warner (The Omen). Englund subsequently filled the role, and the rest as they say is history, however thanks to Reddit we’ve now got a taste of what might have been, with some images of Warner in early make-up tests arriving online…
How do you think the Nightmare on Elm Street series would have fared without Robert Englund as Freddy? »
- Gary Collinson
T.H. White’s Arthurian fantasy classic will air as a six-part radio drama on BBC R4 this November…
Following on from its Dangerous Visions sci-fi season, and before this December’s Good Omens adaptation, the BBC Radio 4 drama department is serving up yet more glorious geek fare in the form of a six-part dramatisation of T.H White’s The Once And Future King.
White’s tetralogy of books, largely written in the early Second World War though first published collectively in 1958, tells the legend of Arthur’s apprenticeship to wizard Merlyn as a young boy, the inception of the Round Table at Camelot and King Arthur’s struggles as ruler, dealings with Morgause and Mordred, and the relationship between Queen Guenever and Sir Lancelot.
As well as wry humour and action romps, a thread of political debate over the philosophy that “might is right” runs throughout White’s book, »
Exclusive: The Twilight Saga’s Nikki Reed has been cast opposite Harry Potter thesp Bonnie Wright in thriller The Highway Is For Gamblers. Writer-director Alexandra McGuinness follows her debut film Lotus Eaters with the desert-set tale of Jane (Reed), a newly crowned rodeo queen who goes missing, and her friend Heidi (Wright), who uncovers secrets and encounters the violence of life on the road while searching for her pal. Vikings’ Gustaf Skarsgård and pop singer/actor Joe Jonas round out the indie cast.
Philip Gray and Mark Lee are producers on the film, which has a November shoot planned for California’s San Bernardino County. They filmmakers have raised the bulk of their budget independently but also have turned to Kickstarter, seeking $165,000 in finishing funds. With a concerted social media push in the works, that goal might be achieved before long; among Reed, Wright, and Jonas, the film’s social »
- Jen Yamato
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
There's adventure and fantasy afoot in Time Bandits.
In the film, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson, The Four Feathers), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery, The Man Who Would Be King)—but Evil (David Warner, Titanic) is watching their every move.
Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and Monty Python’s Michael Palin (who also appears in the film),Â Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry.
The film has been out in »
Criterion has announced their new list of releases coming to shelves December 2014 and it's definitely not the flashiest of line-ups and, in fact, a rather limited one as it contains only three new Criterion titles along with one new edition to their Eclipse brand. First off we have Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits arriving on December 9. Previously released by Criterion on Laserdisc, the film now makes the jump to DVD and Blu-ray with a new 2K digital restoration and a new piece exploring the creation of the film's various historical periods and fantasy worlds along with previously released features such as an audio commentary and interviews. In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon »
- Brad Brevet
Lifetime has placed a six-episode, straight-to-series order forGlen Mazzara's drama thriller Damien, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Lifetime.
Produced by Fox Television Studios and based on Twentieth Century Fox's classic horror film, The Omen, the series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 motion picture who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny -- that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
Here's what Lifetime's Rob Sharenow had to say in a statement.
"We are thrilled to be bringing a contemporary version of The Omen's Damien Thorn back to the screen. Glen Mazzara has re-imagined him as a dark, romantic, anti-hero and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original. »
Click Here - Alternate Goonies Posters After years of war, the Federation and the Klingon empire find themselves on the brink of a peace summit when a Klingon ship is nearly destroyed by an apparent attack from the Enterprise. Both worlds brace for what may be their deadliest encounter. Actors: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Kim Cattrall, David Warner, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols and Screenwriters: Denny Martin Flinn, Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal »
Director Anthony Hickox comes from a strong cinematic lineage. His father, Douglas Hickox was also a director (Zulu Dawn, Theatre of Blood) whilst his mother is critically lauded editor Anne V. Coates (Lawrence of Arabia). A career in the film industry seemed destined, even if his start would require a lot of persistence and a lot of luck.
His debut film Waxwork almost didn’t see the light of day. Hickox met the producer, Staffan Ahrenherg when he crashed his car into the back of Ahrenberg’s. With barely a penny to his name, Hickox managed to persuade Ahrenberg to let him pay for the damage by letting him write a script for him on the cheap. Ahrenberg agreed, and Waxwork was written by Hickox in three days. The script was rejected from almost every studio, »
- Gary Collinson
In the latest of our Close Up series we look at one of HeyUGuys’ most treasured directors. Currently killing the Python (for the last time) on stage Terry Gilliam’s vibrant imagination and brutal humour has gathered him up a legion of fans who follow his every cinematic move with delight.
Though with a director such as Gilliam choosing a ‘best of’ list could easily be solved by pointing a link to his IMDb page I have chosen the elements of his work which I like the most. There are many, many more excellent moments and themes from his films, but as we near the release of The Zero Theorem on Blu-ray and DVD (out on Monday the 21st of July folks) we look back at those moments which made us fans.
The Kids are not what they seem.
A young boy holds his mother’s hand and watches silently »
- Jon Lyus
Screening at Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of a retrospective on writer John McGrath, Jack Gold’s first two features, The Bofors Gun (1968) and The Reckoning (1969), made for punchy, exciting viewing.
Both films were made fairly fast and cheap—Gold, experienced in TV, keeps them moving with stabs of the zoom lens, an active camera and choppy, rough-hewn cutting. They’re not things of beauty, visually, but take their energy and spleen from Nicol Williamson’s manic performances.
The Bofors Gun takes place at a British army base in Germany, where David Warner has to command the night’s guard of the titular cannon without incident in order to get returned to Blighty the following day. His reluctance to discipline his men leads to horrific consequences, mostly caused by a drunken Irishman played by drunken Scottish actor Williamson (Merlin in Excalibur). Williamson’s capacity for loquacious, frenzied and diabolic grandstanding is exercised thoroughly. »
- David Cairns
Occasionally, the right cast can trump relatively mundane material, and so it is with the opening arc of “Penny Dreadful,” the macabre Showtime series that turned Victorian-era monsters into a mashed-up smorgasbord of bawdy delights. Already renewed, the show aired its season finale Sunday, tying up a few loose ends while unfurling enough new ones to be both mildly satisfying and intriguing.
Series creator John Logan’s florid concoction hardly broke new ground. Indeed, throwing together characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray essentially mirrored the template employed on “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman,” which was turned into a very disappointing movie given the promise of the source material. (Notably, Gray and minor “Dracula” characters played a part in that as well.)
Exhibiting little growth from the early stages of the series, the action sequences remained indifferent right up through the finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched »
- Brian Lowry
No filmmakers have been attached at this time, with Bloody-Disgusting reporting that 20th Century Fox and Platinum Dunes are still in the very early stages of development.
The news comes just over a month after we reported that the Lifetime Channel is developing a TV adaptation of the original movie, with Glen Mazzara, a former showrunner on AMC's The Walking Dead, writing the pilot script and executive producing. The series centers on Damien Thorn, the young boy from the original movie, who is now an adult and haunted by his turbulent past. He must come to grips with the fact that he is actually the Antichrist.
Penny Dreadful's careful character work begins to pay off in this week's episode. Here's Becky's review...
This review contains spoilers.
1.6 What Death Can Join Together
What Death Can Join Together continues from the events which occurred at the end of the fourth episode, Demimonde, and resumes the hunt for Mina. Vanessa uses her powers to narrow in on the Master’s location, but is invited out by Dorian Gray, a development Murray welcomes in order to keep Vanessa out of harm’s way. He assembles Chandler and Sembene for the hunt whilst Frankenstein finally learns what they are facing from Professor Van Helsing.
Swiftly snapping back into the show’s present day, the ongoing narrative picks up some pace in this episode, capitalising on the chilling atmosphere that has been steadily mounting throughout the season. It ensures the emotional beats were that bit more affecting, the shocks all »
New Girl: E4, 9pm.
Thinking Schmidt (Max Greenfield) has chosen to be with Cece (Hannah Simone), Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) invite them on a double date. When Nick finds out the truth, he is torn between loyalty to his friend and his girlfriend.
Meanwhile Winston (Lamorne Morris) promises to get the foursome a table at an ultra-exclusive restaurant that doesn't take reservations.
Penny Dreadful: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
The psychological thriller continues tonight, as Vanessa's (Eva Green) latest vision leads Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) to explore a plagued ship as the search for Mina continues.
The Mindy Project: E4, 9.30pm
Casey (Anders Holm) has an identity crisis on his return from Haiti, »
For many actors, playing even just a small role in an illustrious franchise such as Star Trek is a highlight of their career. Idolised celebrities including Tom Morello and Seth MacFarlane, and even King Abdullah bin al-Hussein of Jordan consider their briefest of appearances to be among their happiest of moments.
Whilst it is fair to say that anyone who has graced Star Trek with their presence would describe it as a proud achievement, there are also those from whom it was just one part in a distinguished career. Whether they had yet to make it when they made their appearance, or were chosen because of their renowned career, there are those with resumes so impressive that even Star Trek can be overshadowed.
- Ian Coomber
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