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20 items from 2015

25 Great Horror Movies for Halloween

31 October 2015 4:41 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.

First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions: 

Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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200 Greatest Horror Films (Top 10)

30 October 2015 8:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


10. Alien

Directed by Ridley Scott

Written by Dan O’Bannon

UK / USA, 1979

Genre: Sci-Fi Horror

Boasting one of the greatest taglines of all time – “In space, no one can hear you scream” – Alien blends science fiction, horror, and bleak poetry into what could have easily turned into a simple B-monster movie. In fact, the movie was originally pitched to producers as “Jaws in space,” but thankfully Ridley Scott, who was stepping behind the camera for only the second time, took the film far more seriously. Like Steven Spielberg’s great thriller, most of the running time relies on the viewer’s imagination since Scott carefully restricts how little we see of the creature. Alien can certainly test a viewer’s patience. This is an extremely slow burn (something unusual for the genre) and despite the budget, stellar effects, and ambitious set design, Alien in a sense is a minimalist film »

- Ricky Fernandes

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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 9: Jump Scares & False Alarms

28 October 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The jump scare is a uniquely horror movie convention. Where some movies use it as an excuse to play peekaboo and assault you with noise, others use it as a way to shatter your complacency as a viewer. It’s the purest form of scare: something bursts out of a dark corner, a loud noise cuts the tension, or a jolt to the plot comes on so unexpected, you don’t know what hit you. It may just be a momentary fright, but a good horror movie will put you on edge and keep you there.


Alien (1979)- No blood, no Dallas

Horror purists are of the mind that jumps are cheap, and, for the most part, they are. Yet, in those nerve-wracking scenes, when a director knows exactly what they are doing, it’s riveting. I’ve always prided myself on not being one of those people who gets jumpy during a horror movie, »

- Staff

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The True Stories Behind 10 Unforgettable Horror Movies

25 October 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Whether you're a fright fanatic, a middle-of-the-row horror fan, or a "someone-dragged-me-here" who barely watches from between terrified, trembling fingers, you've probably noticed an interesting trend: a lot of recent horror movies are based on true stories. At least that's what the filmmakers would have us believe.

The all-too-common "based on a true story" or "based on true events," along with the less reliable "inspired by true events," have become ubiquitous additions to most horror movie marketing campaigns. But this is nothing new. Going all the way back to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre's" iconic 1974 tagline -- "What happened is true. Now the motion picture that's just as real." -- the truth has always been an important tactic in upping the fear factor for audiences.

If events truly did happen, does that make it more frightening? The recent success of movies like "The Conjuring" (2013), "The Possession" (2012) and "The Haunting in Connecticut" (2009) point to a big "yes, »

- Matthew A Nelson

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Round-Up: New Cavity Colors Apparel, Friday The 13th Screening, Voices Of The Damned Excerpt, Good Tidings, Exorcism: Live!

23 October 2015 7:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Watch out, Cavity Colors' apparel is coming in hot! Pre-order for all three items is available now with more details below. Also: Friday the 13th screening details, an excerpt from Barbie Wilde's Voices of the Damned, a new Good Tidings teaser, and more details for Exorcism: Live!.

Cavity Colors Apparel: "The legend of all hallows eve Never Dies....

This design should help with the "post-October blues" we are all sure to experience come November

"Rotting Boogeyman" Crewneck Sweater ($ 40.00)

Designed by Nathan Thomas Milliner Limited Edition of only 150 (this item will never be reprinted. once it sells out, it's gone forever!) 8.5 oz fleece. 80% cotton 20% polyester blend fleece Split stitch double needle sewing on all seams Pre-order - Ships in Early November"

""Rotting Boogeyman" T-shirt ($ 25.00)

The legend of all hallows eve Never Dies....

This design should help with the "post-October blues" we are all sure to experience come November

Designed by »

- Tamika Jones

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200 Greatest Horror Films (140-131)

15 October 2015 11:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Special Mention: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Directed by Dario Argento

Screenplay by Dario Argento

1970, Italy

Genre: Giallo

One of the most self-assured directorial debuts of the 70’s was Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Not only was it a breakthrough film for the master of Giallo, but it was also a box office hit and had critics buzzing, regardless if they liked it or not. Although Argento would go on to perfect his craft in later films, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage went a long way in popularizing the Giallo genre and laid the groundwork for later classics like Deep Red. A difficult film to discuss without spoiling many of its most impressive and famous scenes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a fairly straightforward murder mystery, albeit with many twists, turns and one of the best surprise endings of all time. But »

- Ricky Fernandes

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Round-Up: The Last Witch Hunter Clips, NYC Horror Film Festival, The Walking Dead Online, Colorado Horror Con, Condemned

15 October 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Lionsgate has revealed two new clips from The Last Witch Hunter ahead of its release on October 23rd. Also in this morning's round-up: details on the New York City Horror Film Festival and the Colorado Horror Convention, as well as information on how to watch The Walking Dead online and release details for Eli Morgan Gesner's Condemned.

The Last Witch Hunter: "The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. »

- Tamika Jones

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'The Exorcist' Remake Is Not Happening

28 September 2015 4:24 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director William Friedkin's 1973 classic The Exorcist is still considered by many to be the scariest movie of all time. Back in 2013, Morgan Creek Productions was shopping a potential miniseries based on The Exorcist, written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four), but we never heard anything about that project moving forward. Last week, Deadline reported that Morgan Creek is looking to sell off their entire film catalog, although the company would keep remake rights for five movies in their 78-film catalog, one of which being The Exorcist, with CEO Jim Robinson revealing that ideas are being "tossed around" for a remake of classic. As it turns out, that isn't the case, with the official Twitter account for Morgan Creek revealing today that they, "will never attempt to remake The Exorcist."

Shortly after the news broke last week, director William Friedkin revealed that he doesn't believe Morgan Creek even owns the rights to the original Exorcist, »

- MovieWeb

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13 strange changes made to movies during production

17 August 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From title changes to the addition of rubber demons, here's a selection of some rather strange movie alterations from cinema history...

The course of film production seldom runs smooth, and even the greatest films can suffer from all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems. For a very recent example, just look at Fantastic Four, a film with which suffered the kind of difficult production that will no doubt inspire books on the subject in the near future.

At any rate, the movies on this list are all examples of strange (and sometimes last-minute) changes, often imposed by producers or executives. In some unfortunate cases, the changes haven't been particularly beneficial, but one alteration turned out to be a pioneering moment in cinema history.

In every instance, the changes are unusual, surprising, or sometimes downright baffling ...

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (1921)

A classic of German cinema, Robert Weine's silent horror film is widely »

- ryanlambie

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Religion in Horror: Using Spirituality as a Fear Tactic

7 August 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Religion in Horror Part II William Peter Blatty wrote the 1971 novel The Exorcist with the intention of turning people to Christ. The original novel actually focuses more on Father Karras and his spiritual journey through events like his mother’s passing, and his road back to salvation, more than it does Regan’s possession. He, too, wrote the…

The post Religion in Horror: Using Spirituality as a Fear Tactic appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Spencer Perry

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Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973

22 May 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While we can sit back decades later and see "The Exorcist" as the horror landmark that it is, it's easy to forget that in 1973 it was a controversial sensation. William Friedkin's movie got a mixed reception from critics, but soon became a must-see cinema experience, genuinely scaring moviegoers in a way that films hadn't before. For instance, you get a real understanding of the overwhelming power of Friedkin's film once you witness shellshocked viewers coming out of the movie that year, which you can do yourself, below.  Av Club has dug up some fantastic vintage footage from 1973 news broadcasts featuring interviews with people who had just seen the movie, theater owners (some of whom had smelling salts on hand for those who passed out), and interviews witih Friedkin and author William Peter Blatty. It's truly eye-opening stuff. Viewers recall the most hair-raising scenes, and some of them can't even »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Junkfood Cinema: Configure It Out

31 March 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We close out March madness with a truly bizarre freakout: William Peter Blatty's The Ninth Configuration.

"Junkfood Cinema: Configure It Out" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. It is not intended to be reproduced on other websites. If you aren't reading this in your favorite RSS reader or on Film School Rejects, you're being bamboozled. We hope you'll come find us and enjoy the best articles about movies, television and culture right from the source. »

- Brian Salisbury

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Watch: Why the Power of 'The Exorcist' Still Compels Us

30 March 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty’s seminal embellishment on an actual 1949 case of exorcism is one of the most disturbing horror films of all time (particularly effective on lapsed Catholics). Its unprecedented success spawned a mini-genre of demonic possession movies the world over, as well as a couple of sequels and a prequel (which morphed into two different films). Ten Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, the first horror film to so qualify) yielded two wins for sound mixing and adapted screenplay. »

- Trailers From Hell

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“Here’s Johnny” – A Countdown of the 5 Most Iconic Scary Movies

27 March 2015 4:04 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

1. The Shining (1980)

Back in 1980 legendary director Stanley Kubrick unleashed his iconic horror effort ‘The Shining’. Based on the novel by Stephen King, with plenty of artistic license being taken, the movie was yet another fine example of this director’s absolute mastery in being able to work and direct movies from different genres. Full of terrifying iconic imagery and sequences such as the twins in the hallway, the hag in the bath, the blood-letting elevators and of course the axe-wielding Jack Nicholson’s much parodied entrance through the bathroom door.

2. Psycho (1960)

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic slasher movie ‘Psycho’ is arguably one of the most influential horrors of all time. Another literary adaptation the movie was as shocking as it was successful especially considering its release 55 years ago. The movie was particularly highlighted by the surprising early demise of the apparent leading lady in the iconic shower scene and the even more unexpected finale. »

- Phil Wheat

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The Exorcist (1973) review

26 March 2015 12:23 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Grace Fontaine


Hellish Father, I entreat you hear my confession- I saw 'The Exorcist' when I was 23 years young. After I had seen so many other horror films, I had become desensitized to cinema and genre. Consequently, upon first viewing Friedkin's acclaimed adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel, while I certainly did feel it was worth a watch (as opposed to the supposedly "Omgawesome" 'Friday the 13th' which I felt was an over-bloated, badly-realised piece of sh--) I just didn't see Why Why Why 'The Exorcist' had been bestowed with the reputation as one of the most important horror films ever. Obviously, back when it was made it frightened many of the bums in seats, but these days, unless you have the constitution of cheap toilet paper or if you are a religion nut, it's not that mind-blowing or spiritually confrontational upfront. »

- admin

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Icons of Fright SXSW Interview: Director Mickey Keating Talks Pod, Ritual, Darling and Carnage Park!!

15 March 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

One of the most anticipated “midnight” movies at this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) festival, is director Mickey Keating’s Pod, the follow-up to Keating’s Very entertaining 2013 low-budget yet high on thrills film Ritual. While Ritual was a scary and tense film about two people being stalked by a cult, Pod deals with very different subjects and shows Keating’s trend of never making the same kind of films twice. A true cinephile, Keating is a director to look out for, and we were lucky enough to have a chat with the talented filmmaker regarding Pod, Ritual and his next two films, Darling and Carnage Park. Read on!


How’s it going, Mickey?

Hey, how’s it going, man?

I am doing fine, just reading about Harrison Ford crashing his plane into a golf course, what’s up with that?

I know dude, how weird is that? He’s still tickin though, »

- Jerry Smith

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10 sequels that ignored previous films

26 February 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.

We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.

News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).

Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's »

- ryanlambie

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YouTube Star Kian Lawley Premieres Trailer For ‘The Chosen’ Movie At Playlist Live

7 February 2015 5:26 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Kian Lawley is about to be YouTube’s latest movie star. The 19-year-old former member of the late YouTube supergroup Our2ndLife and current half of the new YouTube channel with fellow O2L-mate Jc Caylen dubbed KianAndJC just dropped the trailer for his feature length thriller The Chosen at Playlist Live in front of an audience of screaming virtual and live fans numbering in the thousands.

Elliott Morgan played host for the evening’s brief event, introducing Lawley and co-star Mykayla Sohn before the pair introduced the worldwide premiere of The Chosen trailer and previewed an exclusive scene for the live Playslist attendees. The threesome then talked on stage for a few about the flick, which has an enticing tagline evocative of an old school William Peter Blatty classic spliced together with the relatively recent horror film phenomenon popularized by Hideo Nakata.

When a child-stealing demon attaches itself to a little girl, »

- Joshua Cohen

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Paul Thomas Anderson reveals his favourite movies

25 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

In late 2014, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film Inherent Vice - a psychedelic dive into the La of the past- screened at at a special BAFTA preview with the director on hand to take part in a post-film Q&A.

Ably marshalled by film critic Mark Kermode, the discussion touched on the director's Thomas Pynchon adaptation and his collaborations with Joaquin Phoenix and composer Johnny Greenwood. Perhaps most interesting of all, however, was Anderson talking about his all-time favourite movie.

When asked by Kermode to choose, Anderson replied quickly with "The Treasure of Sierra Madre. There's no competition, it's the best," before hesitating to ponder the merits of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

"This is the game that's so f**king maddening," he said. "On the drive home you're like, no it's not Treasure of Sierra Madre its North by Northwest, it's Something Wild, it's Repo Men. The lists are so long. »

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A 25Th Anniversary Look Back At: The Exorcist III (1990)

18 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Mention The Exorcist in a conversation and most horror fans will declare it the scariest film of all time. While that declaration is well deserved (it’s an absolutely perfect film in every capacity), a film that is quite often overlooked when it comes to the legacy of that film, is the third film in the series, The Exorcist III (1990). While wisely ignoring the events of The Exorcist II: The Heretic (rightfully so, most of us try to act like that one doesn’t exist whatsoever), The Exorcist III did what very few sequels were able to do and it did it with an intense amount of fervor: it rose to the challenge of not only being as good as the original, but in my opinion (and feel free to call bullshit on this, it won’t change my mind), it actual improves on the original in some ways, giving a solid, »

- Jerry Smith

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