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With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk zombies. Most zombie movies start the same way: A mysterious virus spreads, causing the dead to come back to life as flesh-eating monsters. From there, the same questions often arise: Will the zombies be able to run? »
- Samantha Highfill
Pennsylvanian fright fans looking for some outdoor chills and thrills this Halloween season may want to point their car hoods toward the Mahoning Drive-In Theater this weekend to attend the Halloween Horror-Fest. Featuring four 35mm screenings of horror films under the stars, the marathon will see Freddy Krueger, Lucio Fulci’s zombies, a deranged doctor, and a Santa Claus killer grace the silver screen.
Held on October 24th and 25th at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater in Lehighton, Pa, the Halloween Horror-Fest will be open for business beginning at 6:00pm. Live rock music, costume contests, and prize raffles will take place before the film reels roll at 7:30pm.
For $10 a carload, attendees can watch A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead), Doctor Butcher, M.D. (aka Zombie Holocaust), and the 1972 anthology horror film, Tales from the Crypt. The marathon serves as »
- Derek Anderson
We answer more of your letters, with topics this time ranging from bad posters to Muppets to our inability to spell.
We've delved deep into our bulging post bag to look at some more of our readers' correspondence. As usual, here's a broad cross-section of your thoughts, suggestions and other stuff, ranging from classic Italian giallo movies, Muppets questions, and lots more.
If you want to send us a letter, a painting, or even a postcard while you're on holiday, our address is at the bottom of the page. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, here's the latest selection of geek missives...
You Can't Speel!
Most people groan and roll their eyes when people talk about grammar and spelling but as I have to put up with the general mass bad grammar etc. that is Facebook and the internet en mass I expect better from pages such as yours. »
One of the most fondly remembered eras in fright-film history is the golden age of Italian gore – a prolific period that brought such directors as Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava and Lucio Fulci to international attention and acclaim. Spawning all number of surreal sub-genres, including black-gloved killer-thrillers and stomach-churning cannibal adventures, this is a time that continues to crib a fresh generation of fascinated fans.
As such, 88 Italian have announced the UK Blu-ray release Zombi Holocaust (1980) and Burial Ground aka Nights of Terror (1981) – a pair of plasma-packed pot-boilers that could only have been dreamt up during the bygone boom in Euro-terror eccentricity.
In Burial Ground, the carcass-crunching action comes thick and fast as veteran director Andrea Bianchi (Strip Nude For Your Killer) evokes the sinister spirit of Lucio Fulci and George Romero. Also known as The Zombie Dead, Bianchi’s bout of bloodstained brilliance has a pack of ghoulish predators entrap »
- Phil Wheat
Fabio Frizzi's score for the Lucio Fulci films A Cat in the Brain (Un Gatto Nel Cervello) is being issued on vinyl. The film is Fulci's take on the director-in-turmoil sub-genre made popular by Frederico Fellini's 8 1/2.
Mondo is handling the packaging and distribution and they say Frizzi's "work is a huge part of the reason we got into the soundtrack business in the first place. We are proud to release this soundtrack for the first time ever on vinyl."
The post Mondo Bringing Fulci’s Cat in the Brain to Vinyl appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Often in films of this nature, the vapid group of overly curious teenagers delves into seemingly dangerous territory for no particular reason and encounters a pack of vicious humanoid creatures or a bizarre underground cult. The fact that The Dowdle Brothers (John Erick and Drew both serving as writers with John Erik directing) avoid the low hanging fruit and strive to mix in some historical fantasy elements is an ambitious risk that mainly pays off. Our female lead Scarlett is much more than the requisite “final girl.” A more appropriate comparison could be to the video-game turned film character Lara Croft. Her knack for adventure and skills at puzzle-solving make As Above/So Below a claustrophobic adventure film melded with a psychological horror film, all led by a young Tomb Raider apprentice.
Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) is following in the footsteps of her father in the search of an ancient relic called the philosophers’ stone. »
- Michael Haffner
As Above/So Below is a totally "okay" movie. It's not entirely successful, but it's very watchable and entertaining. My tastes have it leaning towards the positive end of the spectrum (hence the 6/10 rating rather than the middle of the road 5/10) because the filmmakers behind this one, the Dowdle brothers (Quarantine, Devil) are doing some really interesting things in this movie that worked for me. The story doesn't stick the landing (the finale is a bit muddy), but As Above/So Below has a really great leading female character, it has some Lucio Fulci-like weirdness (that could have been taken way further) and it has refreshing mix of horror with Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-like adventure that places it not just above most "found footage" fare, but the tiresome stories driving some horror movies as of late. It's different even though it relies on some very familiar elements that the »
- Ryan Turek
"The Walking Dead" continues its onslaught as one of the most amazing horror-themed television shows to ever hit the airwaves. Season 4 brought new characters, expanded some old favorites, evoked tears and cheers, and of course had its share of zombie action.
Tomorrow, August 26th, "The Walking Dead" Season 4 hit Blu-ray/DVD via Anchor Bay, and with that in mind we decided to look back at our favorite moments from this season. Characters coming and going, separation and reunion, death and new life... Season 4 brought us "The Walking Dead" like we'd never seen it before.
We've got our Top 13 here, but as always, we'll start with some honorable mentions. Bob's raging alcoholism leading to the complete destruction of the liquor store kicked off the action in Episode 1, and the discovery of David and Karen's murdered and burned bodies was the first real mysterious firecracker Season 4 gave us.
In Episode 12, we finally »
- Scott Hallam
The term “giallo” initially refers to cheap yellow paperbacks, that were distributed in post-fascist Italy. For Italian audiences, the term is used to refer to any kind of thriller, regardless of where it was made. For English-speaking audiences, the term has over time come to refer to a very specific type of Italian-produced thriller that takes advantage of modern cinematic techniques to create a unique genre which unapologetically explores violence, sexual content, and taboo exploration. The giallo film genre proved to be a major influence on American slasher films but giallos remain stylistically different from American crime films.
The Editor is described as a tribute to the Italian giallo genre: A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders, in this tribute to the 70′s thrillers of Mario Bava. Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento. »
The delights of genre cinema are born from human imagination. The stories are nurtured by individuals who optimistically hope and believe across the years of their lives that a single film will devour that their tales arrive at the intended destination – to discover and touch the sensibilities of the audience.
If films are born out of the imagination then so the same could be said for the festivals that showcase them – festivals such as FrightFest that are crafted according to an ethos shared by four men who genre cinema continues to owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude – “‘Run by fans for the fans”, to find those great new voices in genre and see what difference they can make, and to ensure the FrightFest spirit of community endures.
But those who champion and showcase films, supporting their endeavours to find an audience on their ongoing journey from the intimate confines of its maker’s world, »
- Paul Risker
“We Are Going to Eat You!” The tagline for Italian Director Lucio Fulci’s 1979 film Zombie (originally titled Zombi 2) proves that his zombies get right to the point when it comes to finding their next meal. This is bad news for the humans on the living dead-ridden island of the film, but Cavity Colors has good news for Fulci fans: a return of their popular shirt and a new print based on the cult classic zombie movie is around the corner.
Available this Thursday, August 14th, beginning at 5pm Est, the “Maggoteye” T-shirt is Cavity Color’s tribute to 1979′s Zombie. The first 20 people to order the shirt will receive a free 5″ by 7″ “Zombie Flesh Eater” fine art print signed and numbered by artist Aaron Crawford, making this the only time the print will ever be available.
- Derek Anderson
By Darren Allison
Following the break-up of Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the end of the 1970s, Keith Emerson ventured into the world of film soundtrack composition with his score for Italian director Dario Aregento’s horror film Inferno in 1980. This, in turn, led to Emerson being commissioned to compose and perform the music for the Sylvester Stallone film Nighthawks in 1981. From here a succession of film scores were to follow for directors in Italy, Japan and the United States. At the Movies gathers together Emerson’s music for seven movies including Nighthawks, Best Revenge, Inferno, La Chiesa (The Church), "Muderock, Harmagedon and Godzilla Final Wars.
Disc One (Us Movies) contains 2 full soundtracks. Firstly, there is Nighthawks (1981) an enjoyable cop thriller from Sylvester Stallone. The movie co-starred Billy Dee Williams as Stallone’s partner, Lindsey Wagner (of TVs Bionic Woman fame) as the love interest and Rutger Hauer as terrorist Heymar Reinhardt. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Here on Dread we love when horror fans make their own faux Nes video games, and we've been delighted to come across many of them in our travels around the interweb. Today a brand spankin' new one has come to our attention, and you Italian horror lovers out there are absolutely going to love it!
We're in the midst of website Doc Terror's annual Italian Horror Week, which is loaded with all sorts of fun content written by some of the biggest and best in the online horror community.
As part of the festivities, James Harris and artist Frank Browning put together a particularly epic series of Nes games inspired by the films of gore-master Lucio Fulci. Centering on Fulci's "Gates of Hell Trilogy," the three faux games are based on House by the Cemetery, City of the Living Dead and The Beyond; and the sheer amount of work that »
- John Squires
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. By this point in his career Lucio Fulci was severely running out of steam. His titles were no longer met with any fanfare and even his most ardent supporters had begun to think less of his newer creations. With his best days behind him the once acclaimed director turned towards two different pathways to help keep his filmmaking career afloat.
The first path Signore Fulci chose was to get more violent, bloodier, and gorier. This pathway produced mixed returns. At times the gore was outstanding, enough to keep a viewer interested and wanting more. In other instances the gore was in service of a paltry story and left the viewer wondering the point of all the brutality. Either way this pathway has very little bearing on Aenigma.
The second pathway chosen »
- Bill Thompson
Saint Louis has incredibly deep and rich brewing history. Even before Adolphus Busch married Lilly Eberhard Anheuser, Johann Adam Lemp had been running his brewery since 1840. He had been a grocer for two years prior, but customers preferred the lager he brewed. At the dawn of the Civil War, Lemp had about 40 competitors locally.
What happened to those competitors? We know what happened to one. But what happened to the competitors that went out of business? Did any of their recipes survive? Were they passed down to family members? Or do they live on in antique malls and collections?
Desert Storm veteran, Sam Harper (David Fralick) is killed by friendly fire in Grenada. He somehow remains alive long enough to murder the Army men ordered to collect his body. News of Sam’s death opens old wounds on the home-front. His sister, Sally (Leslie Neale) and estranged wife, Louise (Anne Tremko »
- Jeremy Jones
I used to watch any horror movie I could put my hands on, back in the good old days of VHS. Going to the different tape rental outlets in St. Louis, (remember Mom and Pop video rental stores? St. Louis used to be full of them.)
Getting to see movies like Re-Animator or Scanners in a theater was a very special treat. I could even enjoy the by-the-numbers of a Friday the 13th or Halloween entry. Blood and gore never bothered me, the more the better. If the movie wasn’t really scary maybe it might have been funny or so bad it was good.
Now, I don’t know, maybe it’s from getting old and having so little time to waste on these kinds of films. I find more of my time taken up with rediscovered silent films, »
- Sam Moffitt
An homage to the classic Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci Italian giallo horror films of the 1970s and 80s, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (2013) is a visually dazzling experience from the creators of cult 2011 hit Amer that takes you on a journey into mystery and blood-soaked terror that you will never forget. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's extravagant new neo-giallo, we have Three DVD copies of The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears to give away courtesy of our good friends at Metrodome Distribution. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
BookExpo America is a massive event, hosting nearly every publisher on the planet. To walk into it and say, "I've got it easy... I'll just be covering horror and spooky-themed titles!" is Laughable. Team Dread hit the show hard this year, determined to squeeze it for all it was worth...
It took us two days to walk every aisle of the Javits Convention Center in the heart of New York City and find those 5,000 new zombie books you'll see on the shelves later this year. Yeah, zombies are still hot.. with no signs of cooling down anytime soon. I bet you're shocked.
We came back with over 100 images (shot by the ninja-like Galaxia Siandre), and so the challenge became how to present this pile to you in a way that will satisfy hard-core bibliophiles but won't give our editors night terrors for the next three weeks. So we've posted the crème de la crème here, »
The moral panic associated with 'Video Nasties' in 1980s Great Britain is a cultural and political phenomenon that continues to live on in infamy in the memories of UK horror fanatics, including indie comic writer Mario Covone, who spoke to us about his new series, Video Nasty, which takes place during the mindless witch hunt of the times.
Having previously been founder and manager of the pioneering comic book store 'Apocalypse Comics', Covone makes his physically published debut with Video Nasty.
So what exactly was the turning point in his career? What gave him the inspiration and drive to take the leap from store manager to getting his very own product into the market?
Covone says, "I have always had a deep love for the medium of comic books and known that I wanted to be a part of the industry in some capacity, but growing up in a small »
- Gareth Jones
Last month, we thought it would be fun to reach out to a few of our friends in the genre, in order to bring you readers an article all about our favorite horror scores. The reception and the contributions exceeded our expectations, so when it was mentioned that “you should do a sequel to that article”, naturally, the next step would be just that: Sequels. So, we asked a few more friends, as well as some of the Icons gang, to give you a few words about our favorite scores to horror sequels. Enjoy! -Jerry
Rob G. (Co-Creator, Icons Of Fright; Host, Killer Pov): Psycho III
For me, Carter Burwell’s original score for Psycho III is one of the best film soundtracks to a sequel ever. Bold words, I know! After all, considering the history of composers behind the Psycho franchise. You can’t think of Psycho without »
- Jerry Smith
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