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Oh, Halloween is totally On! Counting down, "Extra" has collected 25 of the most spine tingling and scariest quotes ever uttered in movies.
25 Best Horror Movie Quotes25. 'Paranormal Activity' (2007)
"No, you haven't been having any progress, and you're not in control. It is in control, and if you think you're in control, then you're being an idiot! Not a single thing you've done has helped, and I'm sorry, I don't mean to burst your bubble, »
The studio's adaptation of Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston's play, loosely based on Bram Stoker's novel, was a gamble. Was the public ready for a horror movie - and one with sound, no less - intimating that Evil was alive and well in their world? Would people pay to have the moral order of the universe upended as an evening's entertainment? You bet they would!
Just a few months after Dracula killed at the box office, Universal's head of production, Carl Laemmle Jr., convinced his dad, studio head Carl Laemmle, to begin production on another horror flick. The property they chose to film was another play based on a classic of horror literature. Peggy Webling's Frankenstein, a stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, was first produced in 1927 and »
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The Movie: 'Frankenstein' (1931)
The Scene: "Quite a good scene, isn't it?" Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Colin Clive) implores his audience while hovering protectively over the shrouded human form that he stitched together from stolen cadavers. "One man, crazy. Three very sane spectators."
Frankenstein's corpse creation is hoisted through a hatch, into the night sky during an electric storm. One lightning blast later and the form is lowered back down into the doctor's lab. A moment passes, then...a twitch. The monster's hand lifts, and Frankenstein looks on, fascinated.
"It's alive!" he declares in hysterical fear and elation. "It's alive! In the name of God, now I know what it feels like to be God!" Frankenstein reels with the mad rush of creation, and a single unreal moment is made so real on film that it still holds every ounce of its raw power almost 80 years later. »
- John Gholson
Babies can come as quite a surprise… especially if you aren’t pregnant! In honor of Life As We Know It, which comes to theaters on Friday, we are dedicating our list to the joys of inheriting a child!
Top Ten Unexpected Child Movies
Honorable Mention: Superman The Movie
The Old Testament has inspired many works of art. Perhaps there’s none more famous than Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Superman. Borrowing from the story of Moses, baby Superman (known on Krypton as Kal-El) floats thru the cosmos in a spaceship instead of a basket drifting down a stream. The first scenes of Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman The Movie are set on the aforementioned planet Krypton as noted scientist Jor-El and his wife, Lara, decide to place their only child in an experimental space ship directed at the planet Earth. Marlon Brando and Suzanne York are heartbreaking as the »
- Melissa Howland
Katharine Hepburn on TCM: Keeper Of The Flame, Summertime Schedule (Pt) and synopses from the TCM website: 3:00 Am Spitfire (1934) A backwoods faith healer falls for a married man from the big city. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Young, Ralph Bellamy. Dir: John Cromwell. Bw-87 mins. 4:30 Am Christopher Strong (1933) An aviatrix’s affair with a married man could cost her her career. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke. Dir: Dorothy Arzner. Bw-78 mins. 6:00 Am Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) In a rare interview, Katharine Hepburn shares her memories and memorabilia. Dir: David Heeley. C-70 mins. 7:15 Am Mary of Scotland (1936) Biography of the flighty Scottish queen who was brought down by love. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge. Dir: John Ford. Bw-124 mins. 9:30 Am Quality Street (1937) A woman masquerades as her own niece to get back at a neglectful suitor. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Franchot [...] »
- Andre Soares
Vincenzo Natali raises complex moral questions in this thriller about genetic engineering
Back in 1954 the Austrian social thinker Robert Jungk wrote a bestselling futurological study, the title of which, Tomorrow is Already Here, predicted the way science fact would be constantly breathing down the neck of science fiction as the 20th century proceeded. Something like this has been experienced during the long gestation of Splice, the third feature film by the Canadian writer-director Vincenzo Natali. Natali made his name in 1997 with Cube, an ingenious low-budget thriller set entirely within a maze of interlocking boxes from which a disparate group of prisoners attempt to escape. This allegory about bureaucracy and the human condition, clearly indebted to Poe, Kafka and Borges, was followed in 2003 by Cypher, a clever paranoid conspiracy thriller also set in the near future that anticipated Christopher Nolan's Inception. It starred Jeremy Northam as an anonymous brainwashed accountant »
- Philip French
This week's "Splice" centers on two rebellious biochemists who create a new -- and dangerous -- organism by mixing animal and human DNA. This got us thinking about other movies of its ilk, and so we've collected a top 12 list of movies in which a scientific experiment goes terribly wrong, either for hilarious effect... or not.
Top 12 Movies: When Science Goes Wrong12. "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" (1989)
Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is your average “nutty scientist, »
Photo: Warner Bros.
"Splice" is a surprising sci-fi movie that raises more unsettling issues than you'd expect — it keeps raising new ones past the point where you'd think the filmmakers would have run out of them.
The picture seems like a simple Frankenstein tale at the outset. Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) are two hotshot genetic engineers (and lovers) who've earned their reputations by splicing animal DNA to create strange new creatures to produce new proteins that can be patented for medical use. But when they approach the pharmaceutical company that funds their work with a proposal to add human DNA into the mix, the company, fearing public outrage, forbids them to do it. So Clive and Elsa decide to secretly create a human-animal hybrid on their own.
The Frankenstein template is frankly acknowledged by »
In a private, state-of-the-art lab funded by a pharmaceutical giant, two brilliantly talented young bio-engineers, Clive Nicoli (Adrien Brody) and Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley), combine genetic components from different species into hybrids that could produce new disease-fighting compounds. It’s vital. It’s exciting. It’s the future. As Elsa tells Clive, it’s their job as scientists to push the boundaries. But how far?
Having successfully spliced animal genes into superior hybrids, their logical next step would be adding human DNA to the mix, in the hope of creating a new life form higher on the evolutionary scale. But that’s not where their sponsors want to go, demanding instead that they curb their scientific ambitions in favor of something more practical and marketable. So they make a daring decision that has startling consequences. If their first mistake was creating Dren, their second is letting her live.
“What takes »
Technology has gotten more advanced since Dr. Frankenstein put an abnormal brain in a corpse to create artificial life. The new Splice is a much more modern tale, but the lesson is the same: don’t play God. Bad things will happen. But before we get too bogged down in morality, what really has to be said about Splice is: it’s a lot of sick fun. Two geneticists played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. Clive and Elsa (their names must be homages to Frankenstein actors Colin Clive and Elsa Lanchester) have come up with a method to splice DNA from several animal species to create an entirely new life form. It’s one that can be studied, analyzed and extracted from – and they hope create some medical breakthroughs. The pharmaceutical company paying their bills likes it, but isn’t ready to go public with what they’ve got. »
You can tell right off the bat that "Splice"'s genetic engineer couple Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are a poor fit for button-down corporate science, Canadian horror movie style. No cool Cronenbergian remove for these two! They live together in a warehouse loft, drive a vintage Gremlin, wear t-shirts with iconoclastic slogans printed on them, and urge each other on to greatness with reminders like "Wired doesn't interview losers."
After their ongoing experiments to create new hybrid animal life (the first of which appears to be the successful union of a guinea pig and a gigantic human penis) reach fruition, Elsa and Clive (surely named after Elsa Lanchester and Colin Clive, the actors who played the 1935 "Bride of Frankenstein" and the doctor in the original 1931 film) prepare to do some DNA knitting further up the food chain.
Their corporate sponsors, however, are having none of it. The »
- Bruce Bennett
Shock Till You Drop met up with Adrien Brody in Los Angeles to discuss his role as Clive (director Vincenzo Natali's nod to Frankenstein star Colin Clive) in the upcoming Splice . The actor touched on his appeal for the material, just how "f**ked" it is, it's controversial ending (there may be spoilers, so be warned, although no details are offered about what happens) and his time working with Dario Argento on Giallo . Shock Till You Drop: How cool is it to have a film like this snatched up by a major studio? Billboards are everywhere. Adrien Brody: That's right. A Sundance movie. All of my friends have seen the ads, trailers, texting me.it's very exciting. Shock: What was the hook to get involved in the film? Brody: The strangeness. It's so »
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Playing gods are superstar genetic engineers Clive (Academy-Award winner Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley). They specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create new hybrids.
The first half of the film is darkly magical when we first meet Clive and Elsa and we get to witness their new hybrids, Fred and Ginger. Clive and Elsa have a great relationship both on and off-work and their new pride and joy are new hybrids that look like giant worms.
When the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids Clive and Elsa to experiment splicing human DNA, the couple takes their project underground. The result of their boldest experimentation is Dren, a »
It’s an especially exciting weekend to be living in Los Angeles, as Turner Classic Movies comes to Hollywood for its first ever Classic Film Festival, a four day celebration of classic film, with 35mm screenings of some of the best films ever made, including the premieres of several notable restorations.
The screenings will take place across the Grauman’s Chinese, Mann’s Chinese and the neighboring Egyptian theatres. As part of the festival, the Roosevelt Hotel will play host to several panel discussions and celebrations, including a welcome party this evening at 4:30 pm.
Taking a glance at the schedule, fans of Famous Monsters have plenty to scream about — here’s an overview of the genre offerings that the festival will host:
Friday, April 23rd
2001: A Space Odyssey — Egyptian Theatre at 9:00 am.
Stanely Kubrick’s groundbreaking science fiction achievement, presented in full 70mm. With a screenplay co-written »
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." --Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
"You don't understand! »
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