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It’s the final days of the Vietnam War and the Department of Defense has set up a mental hospital for soldiers in a remote castle. To all appearances, the patients are running the asylum. But nothing here is quite what it seems. A new psychiatrist (Stacy Keach, The Long Riders) arrives, assigned to determine if any of the vets are faking mental illness. Of particular interest to him is a distraught Nasa astronaut (Scott Wilson) who aborted his mission during the final countdown.
Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run was pivotal in launching his career as a credible actor and leading man. Although considered a comedy classic today, the 1969 film actually lost money at the time of its release.
By Brian Hannan
All you need is top stars and top directors and making movies is easy. Surely you couldn’t miss with a line-up that included Sean Connery, Steve McQueen, Michael Caine, Dustin Hoffman, Lee Marvin, Omar Sharif, and directors of the calibre of Robert Aldrich (hot after The Dirty Dozen), John Boorman (Point Blank) and Woody Allen. Or so ABC must have thought when it set up a movie division in the late 1960s. Delving into the archives recently, I discovered that Sam Peckinpah’s rodeo picture Junior Bonner (1972) starring Steve McQueen was a box office stinkeroo. The picture lost $2.8m (about $15m in today’s money). Not just on domestic release, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
One of the finest occult chillers of all time, the diabolic action centres around a 12-year-old girl - Regan (Linda Blair) - who falls inexplicably ill and begins to demonstrates signs of demonic possession. After unsuccessful psychiatric treatment, her mother Chris (Ellen Bursytn) turns to the church in the form of experienced exorcist Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) and his doubt-ridden assistant. Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty, director William Friedkin chillingly fashions a truly disturbing - and controversial - tale of supernatural terror. »
Cemetery Dance just announced Detours, featuring some of the biggest names ever collected in one book (like King, Koontz, Barker, Blatty, and Straub), so of course it's selling fast. Don't be disappointed; read on for ordering info and to see some of the amazing art it contains.
Every now and then your favorite author takes a detour while writing a new novel: a chapter gets chopped, a connected short story is dreamed up, an essay about the book's origins is composed, or an oddity is created on a day off.
Collected here together for the first time are such Detours. Join these bestselling authors as they share the other works they wrote while they were writing the books you already know and love.
Detours is edited by Brian James Freeman with cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin. Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the publication date hasn't been revealed, »
- Debi Moore
This week marks the theatrical release of Deliver Us from Evil, the latest horror film from Sinister director Scott Derrickson. Based on true events, the film follows New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes.
He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Before you head to your local theater to be spooked by this summer’s most anticipated horror film, we thought it only fitting that we first prime you up with a look at 10 real-life stories of demonic possession, which prove that the real world is a whole lot more horrifying than anything that we’ve ever been witness to on the big screen.
So proceed with caution because the shit you’re about to read is as nightmare-inducing as it gets! »
- John Squires
Regan MacNeil, Father Lankester Merrin, Lieutenant William F. Kinderman: in The Exorcist film series, these and other characters encountered demons in varying ways, and soon you can experience each one’s trial by fire with the upcoming release of all six films in The Exorcist series on Blu-ray.
With a street date of September 23rd, Warner Bros. is spreading the high-definition treatment across The Exorcist series like never before. The 6-disc anthology Blu-ray will be listed at about $36.00, with each of the available individual Blu-ray releases set to sell for around $17.00.
While the original film, directed by William Friedkin and based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, had previously been released on Blu-ray in both its original and extended editions, the sequels have never received this type of high-definition upgrade. It should be noted that both director Renny Harlin’s (Exorcist: The Beginning) and Paul Schrader’s (Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist »
- Derek Anderson
Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
Without really trying, William Friedkin has been on the cutting edge for nearly half a century.
He won Best Picture and Best Director for "The French Connection" (1971), followed it up with the scariest movie of all time (1973's "The Exorcist"), and followed that up with "Sorcerer" (1977), a movie so far ahead of its time that only in recent years has it been acknowledged as an overlooked masterpiece. (A newly-restored print of the allegorical adventure tale, released this week on Blu-ray, should help burnish the film's reputation.)
At 78, Friedkin continues to stay ahead of the pack. In his most recent movie, "Killer Joe" (2011), he cast Matthew McConaughey in an unlikely role as a corrupt cop/hitman, thus helping launch the "McConnaissance" that changed the actor's image and led to his recent Oscar victory for "Dallas Buyers Club." For his upcoming projects, he's thrilled to be working in digital and scoffs at »
- Gary Susman
Happy 80th birthday, Shirley MacLaine!
The legendary, award-winning actress, who was born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Va, started out as a dancer and got her big break on Broadway. She made her first film with Alfred Hitchcock, became a Rat Pack regular, flirted briefly with politics but has never stopped acting as she enters her 7th decade in Hollywood.
She started off as a lovably kooky ingenue, but is known today for her cantankerous matriarch roles in "Downton Abbey," "Bernie," "Steel Magnolias," "Guarding Tess," and, of course, her Oscar-winning role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment."
Her next gig is a singing and dancing role on "Glee," of course. Happy Birthday to one of the most talented, most colorful character actresses of all time.
1. She was named after Shirley Temple.
2. She's been performing since age 3, when she began doing ballet.
3. As a girl, she pretended she was Rita Hayworth, since »
- Sharon Knolle
Later this month, Tor Books is releasing a new paperback and eBook edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration and they’ve provided us with the first chapter for Daily Dead readers to check out. Aside from the novel, released in 1978, Blatty also directed the 1980 feature film adaptation by the same name.
“Hidden away in a brooding Gothic manor in the deep woods is Center Eighteen, a secret military “rest camp” housing twenty-seven inmates who have succumbed to a sudden outbreak of mental illness. The Pentagon has placed a brilliant Marine psychiatrist in charge of the base to find out if the men truly lost their minds or are only pretending to be insane to avoid combat – or if some more sinister conspiracy is at work. A man of deep faith and compassion, Colonel Kane hopes to uncover the root of the men’s bizarre obsessions. But as Center Eighteen descends into chaos, »
- Jonathan James
What better way to celebrate Icons of Fright’s ten year anniversary, than with a barrage of our favorites?, whether they be lists of our favorite entries into the French horror genre, our favorite badasses, or like this one, the films that make up what is (in my opinion), the greatest horror films of all time. Like always, art is subjective, so before you rabid fright fiends call foul on me, just remember, this is “Jerry’s Ten Greatest Horror Films of All Time”, so it is just that: mine. So if you disagree, comment and tell me yours, as Icons of Fright has always been for the fans and comprised Of fans, so feel free to sound off! With all of that said, it’s go time!
10.) Re-animator (1985)
- Jerry Smith
It’s no secret that our beloved horror movies are often snubbed at the Academy Awards. The horror genre as a whole just doesn’t get all that much respect in the world of cinema, which is why it’s so important for us fans to support and spread the word on the movies we love. Quite frankly, if we're not doing it, nobody’s going to do it for us.
That said, there are a handful of horror movies over the years that have defied tradition, and have actually managed to snag themselves those little golden statues. With the 86th Academy Awards heading our way this weekend, today we shine the spotlight on 10 of those movies, which made all of us horror fans proud!
Though the Academy Awards ceremony wasn’t televised until 1953, it actually began way back in 1929, held at a private dinner party. »
- John Squires
J.T. Petty’s newest entry into the genre is the horror comedy hybrid Hellbenders (review), a lightweight but surprisingly warm-hearted adventure focusing on a group of debaucherous exorcists who stay in a constant state of sin in order to trap demons more effectively before being sent down the elevator to hell.
Petty enjoyed some success with 2008’s The Burrowers, and it isn’t hard to tell that the same set of eyes was behind the camera for Hellbenders. The director spoke to us briefly about the film, which is now available on Blu-ray in glorious 3D.
DC:i remember first meeting you at Fangoria Radio years ago when you were promoting The Burrowers, which I first saw at Fantastic Fest back in 2008. That film was a genre twist on a western, and Hellbenders is a twist on religious horror. Is the fresh take on an old idea what first gets you excited about an idea? »
- Drew Tinnin
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will open the 2014 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival with the world premiere of a brand new restoration of the beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! (1955). TCM’s own Robert Osborne, who serves as official host for the festival, will introduce Oklahoma!, with the film’s star, Academy Award®-winner Shirley Jones, in attendance. Vanity Fair will also return for the fifth year as a festival partner and co-presenter of the opening night after-party. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide withTCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
In addition, the festival has added several high-profile guests to this year’s lineup, including Oscar®-winning director William Friedkin, who will attend for the screening of the U.S. premiere restoration of his suspenseful cult classic Sorcerer (1977); Kim Novak, who »
- Melissa Thompson
Radio 4 airs the classic of demonic possession – and promises a 'creeping, toxic' horror tale
A new version of The Exorcist, a film often considered one of the most frightening ever made, is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this month.
The audio drama will go out late in the evening on two consecutive nights and, according to producer and director Gaynor Macfarlane, will be just as scary as the film that caused widespread controversy in America and Britain when it was first released in 1973.
In a key scene in the film the victim's head appears to swivel on her neck as family and clerics attempt to rid her of satanic influences. MacFarlane said this »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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