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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Conchata Ferrell

While leading roles are often coveted by actors, character actors can be the highlight of a production. For many people, Conchata Ferrell’s portrayal of Berta on Two and a Half Men was the best part of the show. Without this character providing consistent laughs throughout the 12-year run of the show, it may not have achieved such great success. Ferrell has had a long and distinguished career. However, many fans know her only as Berta the housekeeper. While this is her most notable role, her background and career are highly interesting and deserve just as much attention. To help fans

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Conchata Ferrell
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Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies To Watch

As we head into the holiday season, Wamg brings you our list of the Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies to watch after the Holiday ham, pretty presents, and multiple viewings of White Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle On 34th Street are a thing of Christmas Past.

Our choices are filled snarky mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy – Geek style. Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. films.

We’ve made a list and checked it twice with our lineup of not just the 20 Best holiday films but the Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. After the success of Krampus, we just had to add it!

We kick off our list with our Honorable Mention –

Jingle All The Way

Christmas; It’s the most magical time of the year. High powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is hard at work taking last-minute orders from customers to whom he just can
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12 Days of Christmas Horror: Day 10 – Krampus (2015)

Krampus, 2015.

Directed by Michael Dougherty.

Starring Adam Scott, Emjay Anthony, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Allison Tolman, Stefania Lavie Owen, Lolo Owen, Queenie Samuel, Luke Hawker, Ivy Geoge, Maverick Flack, Gideon Emery, and Krista Stadler.

Synopsis:

A family gets together for the annual festive celebrations, but all is not well in the household and the family have all but lost their Christmas spirit, especially young Max who simply longs for things to be like they used to. This unhappiness does not go unnoticed, and after Max wishes that his family would simply go away, they suddenly find themselves under siege from a horde of festive monsters all under the leadership of the mythical creature known as Krampus.

The star of the Christmas season is undoubtedly Santa Claus; with his all round jolly old man personality, generosity and general kindness, he is Christmas personified. Yet, he’s not the only
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The Axe Murders of Vallisca gets a poster and trailer

IFC Midnight has released a poster and trailer for director Tony E. Valenzuela’s upcoming horror The Axe Murders of Vallisca, which stars Robert Adamson, Jarrett Sleeper, Alex Frnka, Conchata Ferrell and Jon Gries; check them out below…

On a June night in 1912, eight people—a mother, father, their four children, and two guests—were murdered by an axe-wielding killer in the sleepy town of Villisca, Iowa, a case that remains unsolved to this day. 104 years later, Caleb (Robert Adamson) and Denny (Jarrett Sleeper), two friends who share an interest in ghost hunting, along with Jess (Alex Frnka), the new girl in school who’s already got a reputation, sneak into the house where the infamous bloodbath occurred in hopes of recording paranormal activity. What the trio encounters is far more horrifying than anything they could have imagined. A century after the shocking crime that put Villisca on the map,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Grasshopper Film Picks Up ‘The Human Surge,’ Factory 25 Buys Peru’s Oscar Contender

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Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Exclusive: Grasshopper Film has announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to “The Human Surge,” the electrifying debut from Argentine filmmaker Eduardo Williams, which was recently awarded the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival from a jury led by Dario Argento. The film will open in theaters next year.

The film follows Buenos Aires resident “Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. His neighbors and friends seem as odd to him as they always do. Online, he meets Alf, a boy from Mozambique who is also bored with his job and who is about to follow Archie, another boy who has run away into the jungle.
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Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards

Conchata Ferrell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Banks, and Gary Cole will be honored this Sunday at the 2nd Annual Carney Awards to shed a light on outstanding character actors. Veteran character actor Dan Hedaya, whose career spans almost 50 years and has one of the most recognizable faces in TV and film, will also be receiving the Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was named in honor of the late Oscar-winning and six-time Emmy-winning actor…
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Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards

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Character Actors To Be Honored This Weekend At 2nd Annual Carney Awards
Conchata Ferrell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Steve Buscemi, Jonathan Banks, and Gary Cole will be honored this Sunday at the 2nd Annual Carney Awards to shed a light on outstanding character actors. Veteran character actor Dan Hedaya, whose career spans almost 50 years and has one of the most recognizable faces in TV and film, will also be receiving the Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was named in honor of the late Oscar-winning and six-time Emmy-winning actor…
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VOD Vault #4 – Krampus / Holidays

Another Sunday and another installment of VOD Vault, taking a look at some of this weeks on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms here in the UK. This week we have a very seasonal edition, featuring two films that take a horrific look at the holidays…

Krampus

Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Emjay Anthony, Stefania Lavie Owen, Krista Stadler | Directed by Michael Dougherty

Krampus has seemingly become the de jour villain in the horror genre recently. We’ve already had two movies featuring the evil anti-Santa, Krampus: The Christmas Devil and Krampus: The Reckoning; and now comes a third. Although unlike its seasonal brethren, this Krampus at least made it into cinemas – and so it should have. This is the latest film from director Michael Dougherty, who exploded onto the UK horror scene a few years back when his Halloween anthology Trick ‘r’ Treat was screened at Frightfest.
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Krampus Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
The holiday season may be over, but that doesn’t mean a certain demonic creature can’t punish those on the naughty list… Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has announced an April 12th Digital HD release and April 26th Blu-ray / DVD debut for Michael Dougherty’s latest holiday horror film, Krampus:

Press Release: Universal City, California, February 23, 2016 – An ancient demonic avenger lays siege to an unsuspecting family in Krampus, a truly terrifying, darkly comedic tale coming to Digital HD on April 12, 2016, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Michael Dougherty (writer and director of cult horror favorite Trick ’rTreat, writer of X-Men: Apocalypse), Krampus is “a must see film” (We Got This Covered) that delivers inventively nasty laughs as it plunges viewers into a nightmarish world ruled by a legendary monster bent on total destruction, punishing those who have lost faith.
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Box Office Democracy: Krampus

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It’s entirely possible that I am simply too old to enjoy Krampus. The built-in audience for the movie seems to be families with perhaps older kids who still want to see a movie together for the holidays. It’s a safe movie in that way, with broad humor and a more passive approach to scaring people that relies less on jumps and thrills and more on the idea of stuff that happens out of frame. It didn’t work for me at all, it seems like a spectacular waste of a gifted cast to make them do such tired, dreary material. And while I can be a bit wimpy at times during horror movies, I certainly prefer scared to bored.

Krampus has the kind of cast that you would expect to be capable of elevating any material put in front of them. Adam Scott and David Koechner are gifted comic actors but between this,
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Krampus Movie Sends Creepishly Delightful Holiday Wishes In Two New Music Videos

Playing in theaters now is Legendary Pictures’ comedy-horror movie, Krampus. From the director of Trick ‘r Treat, Michael Dougherty, this darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

Part mischievous, part playful, the score is by composer Douglas Pipes. Read our interview with him here.

Universal Pictures has released two snarky new music videos from this must-see holiday film.

Read our review here.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive.
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'Krampus' beats the box-office odds: 5 reasons the holiday horror film defied expectations

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'Krampus' beats the box-office odds: 5 reasons the holiday horror film defied expectations
Krampus defied box-office predictions this weekend when it racked up a far better-than-expected $16 million over its opening frame, beating estimates that had it pegged in the low-teen millions (and in some cases even worse). So how did it defy the odds to become the latest low-budget horror success? Here are five big reasons why.  1. It capitalized on a dead period for horror movies. "Victor Frankenstein" is the closest competitor "Krampus" had in the horror realm this weekend -- which isn't much competition at all when you consider that the Daniel Radcliffe-James McAvoy flop fell to 17th place in only its second weekend, with a dismal $253 per-screen average in wide release and a total gross of barely over $5 million. This left "Krampus" as the only real alternative for horror fans this weekend, and it nicely capitalized on that advantage. 2. Audiences liked it, giving the film word-of-mouth momentum. While a
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Krampus | Review

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The Nightmare During Christmas: Doughtery’s Cutesy Morality Play on the Christmas Spirit

Exploring the adverse aspects of Christmas, one of the most cherished holidays around the globe, is nothing new in cinema. Irate Christians were nonplussed about Bob Clark’s 1974 serial killer flick Black Christmas and its 2006 remake, claiming it compromised the spirit of their cherished holiday. And there are all those nagging, sordid details about good ole St. Nick’s bad side, conscientiously whittled away throughout centuries of increasingly honed capitalistic tendencies as regards the holiday. Several recent films have resurrected ideas about Santa’s nastier habits and what he does to the children that are actually naughty, like Dutch filmmaker Dick MaasSaint (2010) or Jalmari Helander’s inspired Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) from Finland. Genre director Michael Doughtery makes a memorable entry in this growing subgenre with Krampus, a creative though utterly declawed venture which plays
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New Krampus Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Critics

  • OnTheFlix
Universal Pictures released their new horror/fantasy movie, "Krampus," into theaters today, December 4th, 2015, and all the top,major movie critics have submitted their reviews. I turns out that it sat well with about half of them, getting an overall 47 score out of a possible 100 score across 12 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Adam Scott, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, David Koechner, Emjay Anthony, Krista Stadler, Stefania Owen and Toni Collette. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics,below. Darren Franich from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a pretty good 75 score, saying: "Full credit to director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) because this is great-looking movie, filled with freaky creature designs and a just-right mixture of practical effects and CGI." Justin Chang over at Variety, gave it a 60 score, stating: "Krampus isn’t especially scary, but it generates goodwill nonetheless for treating its home-invasion-for-the-holidays setup with an appreciably straight face.
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New Krampus Clips & Fright Rags Shirts Revealed

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The holiday season is more sinister than ever now that Krampus is in theaters. Celebrating the arrival of the chain-wielding demon are two new clips from the film and three spooky shirts from Fright Rags. [Spoiler Warning: Some of these shirts and clips unwrap key elements of the film.]

Priced at $27.00 apiece for the T-shirts and $42.00 per sweatshirt, the new Fright Rags threads are now available to place under the tree or in your stockings. To learn more, visit:

http://www.fright-rags.com/krampus-c-40_85.html

"Legendary PicturesKrampus, a darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul, reveals an irreverently twisted side to the holiday.

When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max (Emjay Anthony) is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers.

All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own,
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[Review] Krampus

Michael Dougherty’s Krampus — based around the German humanoid folklore figure who punishes naughty children — wants to be the White Elephant of the holiday movie season, a gleefully crude antidote to the saccharine holiday stories that crowd multiplexes this time of year. But Krampus doesn’t automatically succeed by existing. It can’t occasionally be subversive and weird, and then still rely on all of the same bad tropes of not only every other holiday movie, but the horror genre as well.

Dougherty’s debut feature, Trick ‘r Treat, was the definition of a sleeper; a Halloween anthology that was the equivalent of a razor blade stuffed in an apple. It was comfort food for genre fans, but spiced up with a thrilling disregard for the usual taboos and moralistic equilibrium of horror. Kids were murdered, protagonists were mercilessly slaughtered, and even fables became twisted cautionary tales.

Krampus is far
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Movie Review – Krampus (2015)

Krampus, 2015.

Directed by Michael Dougherty.

Starring Adam Scott, Emjay Anthony, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Allison Tolman, Stefania Lavie Owen, Lolo Owen, Queenie Samuel, Luke Hawker, Ivy Geoge, Maverick Flack, Gideon Emery, and Krista Stadler.

Synopsis:

A boy who has a bad Christmas ends up accidentally summoning a Christmas demon to his family home

Krampus is full of pleasant surprises, like an animated sequence in the middle of the film showcasing the origins of the titular Yuletide demons from hell. I suppose the biggest surprise is that the movie is actually good, when everyone involved easily could have went the lazy, phoned in, cash-grab route. Let’s face it, the holidays are looming, so pretty much any Christmas related movie should do enough decent business to turn back a profit.

Director Michael Dougherty (known for the excellent horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat, also serving as a writer on Krampus
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Review: Holiday horror comedy 'Krampus' ends up more naughty than nice

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Review: Holiday horror comedy 'Krampus' ends up more naughty than nice
One of the weird sub-genres of film that I am fascinated by is the "scary Christmas movie," and when said scary Christmas movie is from the director of "Trick 'r Treat," I am doubly curious. Walking into "Krampus," I had my fingers crossed that I was about to see something that could enter the annual rotation. While I don't think the film works as a whole, there is a lot to like about "Krampus," not the least of which is that once it gets going, it doesn't seem to hold anything back. This is one of the most intense PG-13 films I've ever seen, with a nightmarish second half in particular full of images that really will be too much for many younger viewers. Michael Dougherty, who co-wrote and directed the film, has a fondness for the truly off-kilter, and his monster designs in this film feel very tactile and organic and perverse.
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Film Review: ‘Krampus’

Film Review: ‘Krampus’
He sees you when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake. He’s got horns, hooves and an army of sinister elves, and his name sounds like a bad case of abdominal bloat. He is Krampus, the evil, twisted “shadow” of Santa Claus, and he has plenty of pain and destruction to rain down on one unlucky family that’s lost the Christmas spirit in this divertingly spooky lump of cinematic coal. Directed by Michael Dougherty with the same eye for lovingly detailed genre re-creation that shaped his 2009 indie-horror anthology, “Trick ’r Treat” (with 1984’s “Gremlins” as the obvious touchstone here), “Krampus” isn’t especially scary, but it generates goodwill nonetheless for treating its home-invasion-for-the-holidays setup with an appreciably straight face. While Yuletide horror movies haven’t set the box office on fire in recent years (“Black Christmas,” anyone?), Universal’s Dec. 4 release should enable word-of-mouth interest to
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Krampus Movie Review

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Krampus Movie Review
Movie: Krampus Director: Michael Dougherty (‘Trick ‘r Treat’) Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony, David Koechner, Allison Tolman and Conchata Ferrell Spending lengthy periods of time with your extended family, who you have nothing remotely in common with, may initially seem to be a dark and subversive alternative to your traditional holiday festivities. But completely losing faith in the spirit of the Christmas season, which is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, and not fully embracing and appreciating your family, can lead to an even more sinister punishment. Based on the ancient European folklore about a horned beast who captures disobedient children for Christmas, the new [ Read More ]

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