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Evil Ed, 1995.
Directed by Anders Jacobsson.
A mild-mannered video editor is given the job of editing a series of brutal slasher movies for his unscrupulous boss, with disastrous results.
Sometimes it can be a bit tricky being a horror fan because try as one might, no matter how seriously you take the genre and ferociously defend it to the death against those whose only exposure to anything approaching horror is a yearly watch of Paranormal Activity, there comes along a film like Evil Ed and you know there is no defending it no matter how you feel about it.
Taking its cue from the early masterpieces of Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi along with Stuart Gordon’s sense of the theatrically absurd (or absurdly theatrical, depending on how you look at it), Evil Ed is »
- Amie Cranswick
Need to prepare for the next volume of the Guardians Of The Galaxy? Here's another colorful sci-fi movie about a gang of misfits on a mission in space… Space Truckers (1996) Director: Stuart Gordon Stars: Dennis Hopper, Stephen Dorff, Debi Mazar An intergalactic truck driver is tasked with delivering a secret payload to Earth, only to get mixed up... Read More »
- Jason Adams
Scream Factory invites horror fans to play a deadly VHS board game this May with their Blu-ray / DVD release of Jackson Stewart's Beyond the Gates (co-starring Barbara Crampton), and to celebrate, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Beyond the Gates.
How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:
1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:
2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Beyond the Gates Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 6th. This contest is only open to those »
- Derek Anderson
Funny or Die released a prank video inspired by Alice Lowe's very funny Prevenge, and we have it for Daily Dead readers to watch. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new clip from The Black Room and details on the extension of the play Sirens of Titan at Sacred Fools Theater in Los Angeles.
Check Out Funny or Die's Prevenge Prank Video: "A pitch black, wryly British horror comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe (“Sightseers,” “Hot Fuzz,” “Paddington”) that’s as funny as it is vicious, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. The child speaks to Ruth from the womb, coaching her to lure and ultimately kill her unsuspecting victims. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between »
- Tamika Jones
By Depressed Satan,
Director Lawrie Brewster and writer Sarah Daly are back with Gothic noir The Black Gloves, a 1940s-set chiller featuring the Owlman, the iconic villain and viral sensation from their acclaimed debut feature Lord of Tears.
The Black Gloves tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity. In the bleak Scottish highlands, Finn counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher. He soon finds himself entangled in a ballet of paranoia, dark agendas and a maze of deadly twists and turns, as the legend of the Owlman becomes a terrifying reality.
The film stars Spanish horror icon Macarena Gomez, »
This summer, Arrow Video will take viewers back into Herbert West's lab with a limited edition Us Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, featuring two discs and 4K restorations of both the unrated and standard cuts of the horror comedy.
Other July releases from Arrow include the previously postponed Blu-ray of Pulse (2001) in the Us and UK, a UK-only Blu-ray release of Psycho II, as well as new books exploring the respective legacies of The Blair Witch Project and Ghost in the Shell (1995). You can view all of the upcoming items below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.
From Arrow Video: "Now over to our only Us only title this month…
Us Title: Re-Animator (Blu-ray) Limited Edition
Pre-order now: http://bit.ly/2oRCh91
Release Dates: 25 July »
- Derek Anderson
Arrow Video has released a list of special features that will be included in its 2-disc collector’s edition of Stuart Gordon’s 1985 sci-fi/horror flick Re-Animator. Additionally, Arrow has released a picture that shows everything included, such as the comic book… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
Guns, monsters, and self-realization come together in our most anticipated movies of the month.
Is April the beginning of the summer movie season? Universal has been making that case for a few years now by opening their Fast and the Furious movies this month, and you can’t argue with their summer-sized box-office results. Happily there are plenty of smaller films hitting theaters in the coming weeks too from all manner of genres including drama, horror, comedy, and the hybrid that is Nacho Vigalondo’s latest.
Keep reading to see which movies we’re most excited for this month!
https://medium.com/media/957a1e3bef7d512bffaa68ddd3ac8cda/href10. The Circle (4/28)
Pros: Has a film ever looked this good on paper? Director James Ponsoldt (The End of the Tour), writer Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are), cinematographer Matthew Libatique (The Fountain), composer Danny Elfman, a cast that includes Tom Hanks, Emma Watson »
- Rob Hunter
Yes, it’s only April and there have already been a few horror movie duds, from the lifeless sequel “Rings” to the laughable “The Bye Bye Man,” but genre fans have other reasons to celebrate. The first quarter of 2017 has been filled with exciting developments for horror, science fiction and supernatural storytelling, with more promising twists around the corner. Of course, anyone watching the variety of international genre cinema showcased at film festivals around the world was never despairing in the first place, but there are years in which few strong genre movies cross over to a mainstream audience, while plenty of subpar examples cram the multiplexes.
This is not one of those times. From exciting commercial successes to new venues for showcasing first-rate work, 2017 is crammed with reasons why we’re living in a golden age of genre cinema. Here are a few of them.
“Get Out” is a cultural phenomenon. »
- Eric Kohn
Over the weekend, history was made in the live theatre world of Los Angeles, as Ben Rock and the legendary Stuart Gordon revived the stage play version of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s novel The Sirens of Titan for the Sacred Fools Theater. Gordon, who first tackled the darkly comedic sci-fi tale 40 years ago for Chicago’s Organic Theater, once again handled the screenplay adaptation for this new take on the classic story of a man who must lose everything to understand what life truly is all about. The result is a wildly entertaining exploration of what it means to be human, as well as a deeply moving experience that I enjoyed immensely.
After the premiere performance this past Friday, Daily Dead had the opportunity to chat with both Rock and Gordon (who are reteaming once again after a successful collaboration on Taste, a cannibal-themed dramatic production that also played at »
- Heather Wixson
Grantham, Virginia. A house-full of grisly murders. The body of an unidentified female is found half-buried in the basement.
Down the road is the Tilden Mortuary and Crematorium, a family business that has been running for almost a century. Inside, Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin (Emile Hirsch), father and son, go about their autopsy work with rock music blaring, entirely comfortable in their mentor and apprentice roles.
Except Austin doesn’t see his future in this business. He and his girlfriend (Ophelia Lovibond) plan on moving away, breaking the Tilden family chain. But then, in classic “final job” style, the Jane Doe from the murder house is delivered to the autopsy table.
The sheriff needs a cause of death, so Tommy and Austin have one night to unveil the mystery. The »
- Rupert Harvey
Author: Daniel Goodwin
The “fighting foes from a single location” structure has been utilised in so many screenplays over the years but often makes for exhilarating film-making: from Night of the Living Dead and The Evil Dead to Assault on Precinct 13, Alien and the low budget likes of Stalled and Green Room. It’s a concept that lends itself so well to horror (and low budgets), so provides the perfect basis for Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s feature debut, The Void.
Despite seeming unique with its dimension transcending creatures, The Void is heavily inspired by various parts of 1980s/90s horrors such as: Halloween 2, Hellraiser, The Thing, The Exorcist III and Re-animator. But it often also feels hugely energising as the aforementioned facets are inventively melded for a fresh phantasmagorical b-flick which mostly recalls the oeuvre of Clive Barker and Stuart Gordon and makes for eye-blistering cinema. »
- Daniel Goodwin
When practical effects drive a film’s talking points, I pause. Gruesome monster designs and caved-in prosthetics merely supplement story, yet a film like Harbinger Down piles all its eggs into one blood-soaked basket. Fans yearn for realistic SFX, and filmmakers always aim to dethrone The Thing‘s bar-setting kingship. But at what cost? Take Astron-6’s The Void. Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski create Lovecraftian hellbeasts from synthetic molding, yet a cultist presence could have used more fleshing out. Bodies splatter, character structures crumble and visuals outweigh storytelling.
Good thing the ratio of destruction:emptiness airs on the side of insanity.
In this Assault On Precinct 13 meets The Beyond smashup, police officer Daniel Carter (Aaron Poole) walks into the wrong hospital. Given his bloodied passenger, he doesn’t have much of a choice – but white-hooded strangers who lurk outside aren’t noticed until far too late. Carter, Dr. Richard »
- Matt Donato
Filmmaker Stuart Gordon is well-known for adapting the works of H.P. Lovecraft, but four decades ago, he also helped bring Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s The Sirens of Titan to life on the stage, and La's Sacred Fools Theater Company will celebrate the adaptation's 40th anniversary by performing a new version of the play, updated by Gordon himself, to conclude their 20th season.
Press Release: In 1977, acclaimed writer/director Stuart Gordon adapted Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s classic novel for Chicago’s Organic Theater with the approval and input of the author himself. Now Sacred Fools will close its 20th season with the recently rediscovered adaptation, newly updated by Gordon and more timely than ever.
Director Ben Rock ("Baal," "Occupation”) brings to the stage this visually dazzling and darkly humorous sci-fi epic about what happens when the richest man in the world loses everything, sets out on an unbelievable journey through space and time, »
- Derek Anderson
Back in the late 1970’s, the Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., sci-fi novel The Sirens of Titan was adapted into a stage play that was directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-animator, From Beyond, Dagon). Premiering in October of 1977, it was supposedly a… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
There's a lot of buzz surrounding 80s throwback horror film The Void, but is it actually worth your time?
The horror scene is currently littered with filmmakers who grew up with classic 80s horror movies. I’m old enough to remember the era (super old) and those films got about as much respect from your more discerning audience as the present horror influx does, i.e. basically none; but it’s still acceptably cool to like old horror movies - they’ve had the time to earn it.
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In 15 or 20 years, there’ll no doubt be a bunch of aging horror fans sitting around in the post-nuclear wasteland, »
Author: Adam Lowes
Barbara Crampton has a special place in the hearts of genre fans, particularly those who came of age in the 1980’s video shop era. Making her name in horror classic Re-Animator, she worked steadily throughout that decade and the next in a number of similar cult genre titles.
She has recently enjoyed somewhat of a career renaissance after cropping up in the movies of a new generation of filmmaker who revered her work from those decades before, including the likes of Adam Wingard and Rob Zombie. She also gave a brief yet delicious turn in last year’s Beyond the Gates (a must see for 90’s fantasy-horror aficionados). Her ascent looks set to continue after a recent, meatier role as a deeply unconventional self-help therapist in the dark and enigmatic psychological thriller Sun Choke, which makes it’s streaming debut on Shudder from 9th March.
We caught »
- Adam Lowes
Fright-Rags has announced that it is re-animating the longstanding tradition of movie trading cards with a brand new series of House of Fright Wax Packs based on Stuart Gordon’s cult sci-fi horror Re-Animator!
Each pack includes six collectible trading cards and one sticker. Cards hand-sketched by a curated selection of artists and cards autographed by actress Barbara Crampton (who plays Megan in the film) are randomly inserted. Re-Animator trading cards are available as individual packs, factory boxes (60 base card set, 2 chase cards, 2 stickers, and 1 sketch or signature card), and sealed boxes (2 full base sets, 2 full sticker sets, 22 chase cards, 1 sketch card, and 1 signature card).
- Gary Collinson
We caught new home entertainment release Beyond the Gates back during last August at Frightfest. The film follows two brothers as they stumble across a horror VHS board game that seems to have a life of its own.
Directed by Jackson Stewart, the film spent last year touring the festival circuit and wowing crowds. It even won the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Nightfall Jury prize. Stewart is a former assistant of horror directing icon Stuart Gordon who has now struck out on his own. Beyond the Gates stars one of Gordon’s former scream Queens Barbara Crampton, and offers scares and laughs a plenty.
We caught up with Stewart, ahead of the UK DVD release, whom spoke of his desire to direct a Lovecraft story, having Barbara Crampton as a friend and whether we »
- Kat Hughes
February is Women in Horror month, and to celebrate the eighth annual incarnation of this bloodcurdling event, horror-only streaming service Shudder has put together several collections—including one called “A Woman’s Touch” that features films from female directors—highlighting women’s contributions to the genre. Today, The A.V. Club has an exclusive video premiering another of those collections, guest curated by actress, producer, and fierce champion of horror movies Barbara Crampton.
In the video, Crampton talks about her earliest brush with movie terror at a screening of The Exorcist, as well as explaining the logic behind her five picks for recommended viewing on Shudder. Crampton’s picks are thoughtfully considered, reflecting her appreciation for her fellow actors (she specifically praises Pollyanna McIntosh’s performance in The Woman) as well as her longtime collaborator Stuart Gordon. Here are her five picks, for the curious:
- Katie Rife
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