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From the fevered mind of maverick cult movie mogul and Full Moon Pictures President Charles Band comes the triumphant return of the brand that first brought oddball shock to your living room: Wizard Studios!
From the Press Release
Wizard Studios is an evolution of Band’s iconic Wizard Video label, the home video imprint that blazed trails in the early 1980’s, bringing the world’s weirdest horror, fantasy and exploitation films to audiences everywhere via big box rental and sell-through VHS. Wizard Video (the successor to Band’s landmark Meda Home Video label) not only pioneered many concepts in how we watch films, it introduced young audiences to a cavalcade of exciting, erotic, esoteric and avant-garde international genre films and auteurs with such now celebrated pictures as Lucio Fulci’s Zombie, Meir Zarchi’s I Spit On Your Grave, Jess Franco’s Oasis Of The Zombies and A Virgin Among »
- Uncle Creepy
I have a well-documented obsession with Sega’s House of the Dead: Overkill in all of its forms. A raunchy reimagining of the iconic light-gun blaster, Overkill took the rocksteady rail-shooter formula of House of the Deads past and washed it in a grainy, 8mm patina, complete with the scratchy-stocked sleaze and excessive exploitation of the garish grindhouse era. The already silly backdrop of the original games, rife with Japanese-flavored leaps of logic, were dialed up to eleven with a furiously foul-mouthed fervor, dropping f-bombs like empty clips as you blasted your way through mobs of malevolent mutants (don’t call them “the z-word,” Agent G warns us) up to the most repulsive ending in video game history, a mashup of Oedipan sensibilities and birth-canal ballistics.
Now, in one of the most pleasant surprises of the year, Sega has given Overkill the Typing of the Dead makeover. Typing of »
- Carl Lyon
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on The Book, which brings together some of the biggest names in Italian horror, a trailer for Dead of the Nite, new releases from Cavity Colors, and much more:
First Details on The Book: “The Book sees the ultimate collaborative Italian horror film unfold before your very eyes. A one off project of unprecedented scale, The Book brings together, for the very first time, the writers, directors, actors, composers and artists behind the finest Italian genre cinema of the past sixty years. This includes the creative forces behind the Giallo movement, Spaghetti Westerns, Eurocrime and more. Each director will be given the opportunity to showcase their own personal vision of Rome, spread across a dozen episodes. Each segment in this feature film will contain a unique blend of macabre thriller, »
- Tamika Jones
VOD service TheHorrorShow.TV inks 50-film deal with Content Media Corp.
UK horror VOD site TheHorrorShow.TV has inked a deal with Content Media Corp for at least 50 films.
The non-exclusive deal includes The Machine, Mr Jones and Nothing Left to Fear, as well as catalogue titles including John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London, Dario Argento’s Tenebrae and Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Fantastic Chicago screening series Terror in the Aisles is giving Italian horror fans something to be thankful for this weekend (sorry, I’m so sorry) when they follow the Midwest premiere of Gary Schultz’s acclaimed new horror/comedy Devil In My Ride with rare 35Mm prints of Argento’s immortal Suspiria and Lucio Fulci’s The Black Cat. That’s […] »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Legend has it that in certain locations around the world, there exist entrances to the underworld, oftentimes described as Gates of Hell. Italian master of gore Lucio Fulci explored this idea in his 'Gates of Hell trilogy' - comprised of City of the Living Dead, The Beyond and House by the Cemetery - but could there actually be some truth to these myths and legends? Hold off on answering that question, until you see the horrors that await you over in Turkmenistan...
Story goes that a team of Soviet scientists were looking for natural gas reserves in the Central Asian country in 1971, setting up a drilling platform that collapsed and left a 230-foot-wide crater in the middle of the desert. Though no lives were lost in the accident, the hole in the ground released large quantities of methane gas into the air, and the scientists decided to prevent the release »
- John Squires
We've posted a few different 8-bit renditions of popular movies here on FEARnet this year, fun fan-made videos that have showed us what it'd look like if movies such as Lucio Fulci's Zombie and The Shining had been given their very own Nintendo games. This week, in celebration of the weekend's release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the makers of the faux Shining video game are back at it again, this time giving the 8-bit treatment to Katniss and the gang.
Though you can't play the game, you can watch along as key scenes from the movie are recreated in 8 glorious bits, courtesy of the folks over at YouTube channel CineFix. Check out the gameplay video below - no quarters or controllers required!
Hunger Games - 8 Bit Cinema
- John Squires
More than anyone else, Chris Jericho is professional wrestling's renaissance man. While he's been known longest at a WWE superstar, he also has a metal band that tours around the world, has hosted game shows, done some acting and written two books
Now, Jericho has his very own web series, "But I'm Chris Jericho." The comedy series has a little fun with Jericho's own Hollywood experiences, while creating a world that's just a little too crazy to be true
Zap2it spoke with Chris about the series, along with a vast number of other topics. From "The Walking Dead" to podcasts and the rise of online media, Jericho has thoughts about it all, including what it would take to bring him back to WWE and his third autobiography.
Zap2it: Your appearance on "The Talking Dead" outed you as a big fan of "The Walking Dead." Is it just the show, »
We frequently disagree with movie critics on their critiques of horror films. It seems that the majority of mainstream critics are not able to accept horror films for what they are intended to do: scare the audience and entertain. Not every horror film is meant to be taken seriously or to make a profound statement and we think that’s ok.
We are left wondering if mainstream film critics dismiss horror films as a lesser art form and perhaps tend to view them as not worth their time. In light of that, FEARnet has been running a recurring a piece exploring good horror movies that received ‘rotten’ reviews on the aggregate film rating site Rotten Tomatoes. Since the series has proved popular, we are bringing you a third installment.
If you missed Round I, Round II or Round III check them out now.
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- Tyler Doupe
Another Tuesday, another round of Fright At Home to give you the lowdown on this week’s must-have DVD & Blu-ray releases! November 12th is filled with an eclectic mix of genre titles, and in some cases making their way to both formats for the first time! Such an example is shot-on-video classics Black Devil Doll From Hell and Tales From The Quadead Zone. Both films from director Chester N. Turner are some of the rarest and obscure tapes in circulation, and have been known to fetch hundreds of dollars. Massacre Video was able to track down the thought dead director, and bring it back into print to melt the minds of a whole new generation.
Scream Factory has saved John Carpenter & Tobe Hooper’s horror-anthology Body Bags from its long-oop DVD release, reissuing the film onto Blu-ray in its uncut form with a slew of newly produced features. I’ve »
- Justin Edwards
Earlier this year, we showcased some excellent handmade horror collectibles crafted by Philadelphia, Pa artist John Tatarelli Jr – including some incredible resin busts of Pumpkinhead and Swamp Thing. Now John's ready to get you in the horror holiday spirit with some sweet tree-trimmers based on classic Euro-horror zombies. The iconic “Poster Boy” zombie from Lucio Fulci's 1979 classic Zombi 2 and an undead Templar Knight from Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead film series are currently up for sale at Tatarelli's Etsy store. Available as hangable ornaments or shelf-top versions, the festive zombie heads are around 3 inches tall, hand-sculpted and cast in polyresin, then hand-painted. Check 'em out on Etsy, and browse more of John's creepy creations while you're there! »
- Gregory Burkart
Three truly obscure titles are getting set to hit Blu-ray for the first and very limited time. That's right, kids! Jeff Lieberman's hillbilly slasher Just Before Dawn is on its way along with Fulci's Voices From Beyond and Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City!
There's a catch though... Just Before Dawn and Voices From Beyond will only be sold through the Code Red website and will both be granted an Extremely limited run. Order Just Before Dawn here and Voices From Beyond here. No firm release date has been given for either film. Hurry up! These two will likely sell out fast.
Now on to the good news... for the first time we are getting the original uncut version of Just Before Dawn from the original InterNegative. Also included will be an extended cut (for overseas distribution) and the original theatrical trailer.
Five friends set out for a weekend camping excursion to drink, »
- Uncle Creepy
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 for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Come Back Tonight To See My List Of The 200 Best!
Directed by Terence Young
Written by Robert Carrington
Directed by Terence Young, »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
Just in time for trend stories about Halloween, Hulu and Fangoria have teamed on a new channel curated by the magazine, streaming dozens of horror films that you could just watch for free right now—because work sucks so much, you’d even rather be watching Scanners II: The New Order. New titles will continue to be added over the coming days, though there’s already a decent mix of cult classic genre titles like Takashi Miike’s Audition, Lucio Fulci’s The House By The Cemetery, William Lustig’s Maniac Cop 2, and Jorge Grau’s Let Sleeping Corpses »
★★★★★ Cult American director John Carpenter's seminal 1978 slasher Halloween receives a timely 35th Anniversary rerelease this week in advance of its holiday namesake. Society has a penchant for masochism and craves that fear once in a while, and yet very rarely in recent years has a movie delivered anything close to that. It's with no thanks to the spew of contemporary horror that the genre still has a legacy; a legacy born out of the influence of Italian giallo directors like Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, Hammer Horror and the visionary work of the "Master of Suspense" himself - the one and only Alfred Hitchcock.
The groundbreaking genre cinema of those who went before them was thus masterfully adopted for American audiences by the likes of Carpenter, Wes Craven and Tobe Hooper, who between them turned horror cinema into something that was far less an intangible hellish world and much more a torrid, »
- CineVue UK
In my pre-Internet, pre-instant-access-to-everything youth, magazines were a valuable commodity, a window to a world I might otherwise never see. Magazines brought us news from far-flung places, gave us inside access to rock stars and sports figures, and provided tantalizing hints at what the future might hold in just about every area of interest - especially movies. For a certified gorehound like me, Fangoria was (and still is, in my opinion) the standard-bearer when it came to magazines devoted to horror movies. Fangoria wasn't afraid to put flayed corpses, slimy creatures, or entrail-filled television cabinets front and center on its covers, and its insides were filled with plenty more guts and grue. Fango was seemingly on every horror movie set, taking pictures and interviewing the principles involved so that we, the fans, could be well-informed about what was hitting theaters and video stores in the months ahead. We already had »
- Blu Gilliand
The etymologic history of the giallo sub-genre is well-documented by now. Giallo, Italian for yellow, refers to the cheap mystery books that at least partially inspired a cross-section of gruesome murder films from the likes of Mario Bava, Dario Argento, and Lucio Fulci. Bava’s The Girl Who Knew Too Much from 1963 is commonly referenced as the first giallo, where entries from Argento like Profondo Rosso take many of Bava’s tropes and play up the cinematic flair.
While the influence of Val Lewton, Alfred Hitchcock, and other known horror entities is unavoidable, giallos tend toward scare tactics and stylistic flourishes that diverge from those predecessors. Lewton’s expressionist films for Rko in the 1940s favor heavy shadow (sometimes to hide low production value) and an emphasis on the unseen. Hitchcock’s master of suspense moniker, on full display in The Birds, is deserved for his emphasis on the build-up »
- Neal Dhand
Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror. Directors spend most of their careers behind the camera -- leaving the fame to the actors -- but occasionally filmmakers get the urge to immortalize themselves on-screen in their work through a cameo appearance. A good cameo is like an inside joke – a wink to fans who are clever enough to pay attention, but they always add a little something to the experience. Join me today in looking back at some of the best director cameos in horror films – once you’re done here you’ll be able to impress your friends and relatives the next time you watch these films. Wes Craven: Scream Like Lucio Fulci, Wes Craven is a filmmaker who wasn’t simply content to...
- Mike Bracken
Although Lucio Fulci didnt invent the zombie subgenre he lifted the appearance and behavior of the undead to an intensity previously unmatched. Zombi 2 (1979) was his first attempt but The Beyond is a more complete narrative featuring brilliant kill scenes and genuinely shocking visuals. Heavily edited after its initial stateside release in 1983 the film has now been fully restored on DVDBluray and streaming. »
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