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Did director J.J. Abrams name one of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters after his love for the Beastie Boys? That certainly seems to be the case. io9 have the first photos of an X-Wing pilot whose name is Ello Asty. His alien form was revealed via a new Black Series action figure, and he is part of the Resistance and friend to Poe Dameron. While we don't know much about this unique looking alien species just yet, it's clear that he has a license to ill.
Ello Asty's image was leaked via various concept art images prior to the reveal of his Black Series action figure. But this is the first time we're hearing his official name. And if you take a long, hard look at that name, you'll recognize something very familiar about it. It's the name of the 1998 Beastie Boys' album Hello Nasty, »
Every year, we here at PopOptiq celebrate the month of October with a series of articles we like to call 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list to 200 movies, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles.
Note: Since there are so many great horror films and so much to choose from, I am including documentaries, short films and animated films as special mentions in order to make it easier for me to decide what to include.
Special Mention: King Kong
The granddaddy of all monster movies is arguably King Kong. Decades after its release, no other monster »
The death of horror pioneer Wes Craven has spawned an outpouring of warm remembrances from friends, collaborators and fellow fright-flick luminaries like John Carpenter and Joe Dante. See below for a roundup of reactions (to be updated throughout the week). New Line Cinema: In 1984, Wes Craven brought “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to New Line, and in so doing, altered the course of the studio’s history. We are eternally grateful to our friend and partner, and are proud to be “The House That Freddy Built”. Robert Englund: Rip Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I'll miss him. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 Hollywood's lost a rare species in Wes Craven. The true Gentleman. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 William Friedkin: Wes Craven will be missed by all who Love and appreciate his work, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Phantasm: a figment of the imagination; an illusion or apparition.
Where is the line drawn between reality and fantasy? How do we know that what we call life is nothing but a dream (row your boat, fella), and the real world is filled with terrors beyond our imagination? Or maybe there’s a place where the two collide – a world of monsters small and tall, seductive and sinister, tearing at the very fabric of our existence. A place where peace is at a premium and death lurks around every corner. Welcome to Phantasm (1979).
Released by Avco Embassy in June of ’79, Phantasm was very successful, especially considering its small budget. As usual with horror, most critics derided the film as an incoherent mess. Oh but the audience knew, conspirators in the shadows, witnessing the birth of a horror icon, a cinematic universe spanning decades, and one of the finest directors the genre has ever produced. »
- Scott Drebit
We are digging deep on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" here at HitFix, and here's a tidbit you probably haven't heard: the name of Gwendoline Christie's shiny chrome-suited villain Captain Phasma was inspired by a beloved cult horror film. Can you guess what it is? Can you can you can you? First, here's an image of Christie's character, as revealed live at this weekend's D23 Convention: Photo Credit: IGN Stumped on which film I'm talking about? Here's a clue: we had a real ball watching this movie. A real...ball. (I hate myself for writing that and am so sorry.) Here's another Captain Phasma image to chew over while you think: Photo Credit: IGN Do you give up? Okay, I'll stop teasing. As revealed by director J.J. Abrams in an interview with EW, the inspiration is none other than Don Coscarelli's low-budget 1979 cult classic "Phantasm," which featured floating, »
- Chris Eggertsen
More stories about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" continue this week via the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly with a new story today going into Harrison Ford's return to the role of Han Solo on the film. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy described the actor's first day on the set and admits they didn't get a lot of work done that day:
"The minute Harrison and Chewie walked on board the Millennium Falcon - that was incredible. Every single person on the set was stunned. I remember turning around, and there must have been 200 people gathered behind me - completely quiet. I didn't even know they were there. The whole crew had stopped working, staring at the monitor, because it was so iconic.
Harrison was going through his own experience, finding that place for himself again, to return to something that had been so much a part of his identity and acting career. »
- Garth Franklin
This week kicked off with 12 new photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in anticipation of the sequel's inclusion at this weekend's D23 Expo. While director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that no new trailer or footage will debut at the Disney showcase, we do get to see a little more from the anticipated release in these images, which have now been released in high-res after first premiering in EW's fall movie guide. The latest sneak peek highlights old and new characters alike, with both heroes and villains struggling to win over the galaxy. Tread forth cautiously, there are Spoilers below.
The first photo will be familiar to anyone who attended Star Wars Celebration or Comic-Con, as this scene has been hinted at before in previous photos and behind-the-scenes footage. It shows new heroes Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) running from New Order troops on the planet Jakku. »
If you didn't get enough Star Wars: The Force Awakens news yesterday, with new photos and details on the villainous Kylo Ren's backstory, then you're in luck, because we have even more details to share today. Entertainment Weekly has a new report which takes fans behind-the-scenes, with director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and writer Lawrence Kasdan sharing new details about Harrison Ford returning as Han Solo. Some were surprised that the actor agreed to come back, since he has often had negative things to say about Han Solo, calling him "dumb as a stump" in a 2008 interview and telling the Today show several years prior that he was "glad to see the costume for the last time." As it turns out, a lot has changed between then and now, with Kathleen Kennedy describing the actor's first day on the set.
"The minute Harrison and Chewie walked on board »
In two weeks, vampires, cannibals, Halloween frights and more will grace the screen at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois for Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival. Now a telekinetic kid and and an apocalypse have joined the killer lineup, as both June and JeruZalem will make their U.S. premieres at the festival.
Press Release: "Chicago, Illinois (August 6, 2015) – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), is proud to announce the addition of two more films to the already bursting schedule.
June, starring Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Kennedy Brice (The Walking Dead), tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice), who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. Though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Watch: Bruce Campbell is Back in Bloody New 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Teaser Promising features and short films in every horror sub-genre, from psychologic thriller to ghoulish actioner, the Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival has announced its full lineup for its second run in Chicago. The four-day festival will screen a world premiere, a handful of Us premieres and many Chicago premieres, along with special screenings of horror classics such as "Cannibal Holocaust," introduced by "Green Inferno" director Eli Roth, and "Fright Night" with its director, Tom Holland, in attendance. Some highlights include Jason Krawczyk’s "He Never Died," the secretly-violent social outcast crime film that's closing the festival, and a screening of Don Coscarelli's 2002 cult classic "Bubba Ho-Tep," followed by a discussion with Bruce Campbell. The festival will take place at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont from »
- Meredith Mattlin
One month from now, Bruce Cambell's Horror Film Festival will take over the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois and they've announced killer lineup that includes Tales of Halloween, a screening of Fright Night with a Q&A from Tom Holland, and Eli Roth introducing Cannibal Holocaust:
"Chicago, July 22, 2015 – The second annual Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival presented by Wizard World, running August 20 – 23 at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont, Illinois (9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont), promises thrills, chills, guests and surprises to Chicago’s legions of horror fans. The four-day event, programmed by The Awesome Fest, will coincide with Wizard World Chicago and offers convention-goers and ticket holders a chance to sit back, relax, and lose their minds.
“You can have your rom-coms, your indie darlings and your blockbusters,” remarks Bruce Campbell. “I’ll take a good old-fashioned horror movie any day or night of the week!”
“With this program we »
- Jonathan James
Like all superheroes (or anyone else who uses a secret identity), there came a moment when someone finally cracked the code and published my real name. To be fair, my identity was a pretty poorly-kept secret by that point. The first time I went to an actual press event, I used my real name, and anytime I met someone, I used my real name. "Moriarty" was a fun identity to slip into, and especially in the early days of the site, we played up the mythology of things. My friends all got their own spy names and would show up in the reports in the form of Henchman Mongo and Segue Zagnut and Harry Lime and more. From my end, it was silly and fun, and not something to be taken seriously. But when Film Threat ran a fairly vicious hit piece on Harry, I was also a target, and »
- Drew McWeeny
Just as unsettling as the Tall Man's sinister stroll in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm is the music that accompanies his steady strides. Tomorrow, Mondo and Death Waltz will release the original soundtracks to both Phantasm and Joe D’Amato's Absurd:
Available on Vinyl for the first time in over 35 Years, Mondo is honored to re-issue Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave's iconic soundtrack to Don Coscarelli's horror classic Phantasm. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with new artwork by Phantom City Creative and featuring all new liner notes by the film's Writer / Director.
Death Waltz Recording Company is proud to unleash another cult classic from the video nasty era (and their first in an ongoing series from the legendary Cam Records in Italy »
- Derek Anderson
What better way to kick off the 10th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention in Dallas than a screening of Don Coscarelli's personal 35mm print of his classic, Phantasm? This screening was announced about a month ago and TwitchFilm was very fortunate to be invited to witness this once in a lifetime event that got cooler and cooler with each passing addition to the festivities. Since Coscarelli's print of the film was, as he put it, in pretty bad shape (honestly, I've seen newer prints in far worse shape than what we were privileged to see on Thursday night), the Phantasm team and the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, Texas, along with Tfw decided to make the event extra special. First it was announced that this...
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By Hank Reineke
On the weekend of April 24-25, DVD Drive-In and the Riverside Drive-In in Vandergrift, Pa, hosted the third annual April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama. This springtime festival of 1970s and 1980s exploitation horror-films, now in its third year, is the more recent sister to September’s glorious Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. This latter event, which will enjoy its ninth incarnation this coming autumn, generally features a slate of more “traditional” monster movies from the 1960s and 1970s. Neither weekend of programming should be missed by any horror film devotee with access to an automobile. The intent of the original Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (first presented at the Riverside in 2007) was to authentically re-create the ambiance of the all-night drive-in theater spook shows of the 1960s and 1970s. In this regard, the event succeeds in every possible manner.
Co-sponsored from its inception by George Reis of the cult-film website “DVD Drive-In” and the Riverside Drive-In, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Just as unsettling as the Tall Man's sinister stroll down the sidewalk in Don Coscarelli's Phantasm is the music that accompanies his steady strides. Over 35 years after Phantasm first hit theaters, the folks at Mondo have announced they will release Fred Myrow and Malcolm Seagrave's iconic horror score on a new vinyl that will be available to purchase at a 35mm screening of Phantasm this weekend with the cast and crew in attendance, as well as at Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. A new 24"x36" Phantasm poster from Mike Saputo will also be released this weekend.
Press Release (via Badass Digest) -- "Both the vinyl and poster will be available at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, TX as part of a 35Mm screening with filmmaker and cast in attendance as well as the Texas Frightmare Weekend in Dallas. If this news doesn’t excite you… You’re Already Dead!
- Derek Anderson
With art from frequent Mondo collaborators and celebrated artists Phantom City Creative, the Phantasm score returns to vinyl this weekend in Texas. Available at the upcoming Texas Frightmare, as well as a coinciding 35Mm screening of Phantasm with filmmaker Don Coscarelli in attendance, the score from Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave is pressed on 180…
The post Phantasm Returns to Vinyl; Mondo Announces Soundtrack, Screen Print appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
17 items from 2015
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