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15 Horror Franchises that Helped Define the Face of the Genre

10 hours ago | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.

Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.

It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.

Alien:

Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »

- Matt Molgaard

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FrightFest 2014: ‘Late Phases’ Review

26 August 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Tom Noonan, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda, Caitlin O’Heaney, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Larry Fessenden | Written by Eric Stolze | Directed by Adrián García Bogliano

Nick Damici has been a familiar face in the horror genre for a few years now. Primarily working with writer/director Jim Mickle, on whose films he has also co-written, this gruff, large but still oddly charming presence has impressed before but he’s not been given a true lead part until now. With Mickle uninvolved, although long-time cohort Larry Fessenden produces and pops up in a cameo role, Damici takes centre stage in Late Phases, a film with the wonderfully juicy premise of a blind ‘Nam veteran getting revenge on a werewolf after it kills his best friend.

It feels appropriate to base this review around Damici as he is the chugging motor which drives the film and the beating »

- Ian Loring

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Watch: Short Video Essay on the 'Scary Summer' Movies of 1979

5 August 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"It showed a world drained of vitality and meaning." 1979 - the year of Ridley Scott's Alien, the original Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as the original The Muppet Movie, Escape from Alcatraz and of course James Bond's Moonraker. But aside from Alien, it was actually a great year for "scary" movies galore, from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead to the original The Amityville Horror with James Brolin, as well as David Cronenberg's creeper The Brood, John Frankenheimer's eco-horror Prophecy about a giant killer bear, Don Coscarelli's cult horror Phantasm, even Werner Herzog's Nosferatu the Vampyre was released in 1979. Nelson Carvajal presents a new video essay about all the dark horror that summer. Enjoy. Here's the video essay Our Scary Summer: 1979 by Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer, from Press Play: Our Scary Summer: 1979 was made by Nelson Carvajal and Jed Mayer. We've »

- Alex Billington

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Final Schedule Released for the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention

5 August 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention kicking off later this week, we thought this would be a perfect time to give all you Midwest genre fans a look at all the happenings going down at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare (Rosemont, Il) from Friday, August 8th through Sunday, August 10th.

And if you’ll be attending Flashback Weekend, be sure and say hi as Daily Dead’s Heather Wixson will be on hand co-hosting alongside Steve “Capone” Prokopy from Ain’t It Cool News and Wgn Radio’s Nick Digilio, and will also be bringing some horror goodies to share throughout the weekend!

Friday, August 8, 2014

12:00Pm – 8:00Pm Registration Booth Open

3:00Pm – 8:45Pm Dealers room open (Ballrooms 3-5)

4:00Pm – 8:45Pm Celebrity signings (Ballrooms 3-5)

5:00Pm Robert Englund Freddy Krueger Makeup Photo-Ops (Balmoral Room)* Line-up according to your assigned number outside of Balmoral »

- Jonathan James

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A Look at Robert Kurtzman’s Freddy Krueger Make-up for the Upcoming Flashback Weekend Robert Englund Event

1 August 2014 5:22 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With the 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention just right around the corner, legendary special effects artist Robert Kurtzman recently shared some cool photos of the make-up appliances that he’ll be using next weekend when Robert Englund is transformed into Freddy Krueger one last time.

And for those of you who may have missed the original announcement, Englund will be appearing in full Freddy Krueger make-up for one final time, courtesy of Kurtzman who will be doing the Freddy make-up application himself on Friday, August 8th. Fans in attendance at Flashback Weekend will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Robert Englund in his full Freddy make-up as part of a special photo-op that evening which will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as help benefit the Digital Projector Fund for the Midway Drive-in in Dixon, Illinois.

Later that evening, »

- Heather Wixson

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‘Hellbenders’ Review

21 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Clifton Collins, Clancy Brown, Andre Royo, Robyn Rikoon, Macon Blair, Stephen Gevedon, Larry Fessenden, Dan Fogler | Written and Directed by J.T. Petty

Let me begin this review by stating this is most-definitely not your typical horror fare; something audiences will realise a mere five minutes into this raucous, sure-to-be-cult-hit, movie. Written and directed by J.T. Petty, who also penned the graphic novel on which this is based, Hellbenders is a genre-bending horror comedy that is most akin to Don Coscarelli’s recent movie John Dies at the End. If I had to narrow the analogy down I’d say Hellbenders is best described as The Exorcist meets Ghostbusters by way of Don Coscarelli and [early] Kevin Smith

Sound interesting? Then go out and buy it. Trust me. The rest of you? Let me try and convince you why you should spend your hard-earned cash on this little indie horror that could. »

- Phil Wheat

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Robert Englund to be Freddy Krueger one last time

11 July 2014 7:03 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you…

It’s been 30 years since Robert Englund first put on the make-up for A Nightmare on Elm Street as the now iconic Freddy Krueger and to mark the occasion, he’s doing it one last time.

At the Flashback Weekend on August 8th (get tickets here), Englund will be putting on the make-up for photos and signing autographs. Here’s what else is happening…

Flashback Weekend is a horror convention with a deeper initiative. Our philanthropic efforts are dedicated to the preservation of the American Drive-In. Flashback Weekend owns and operates the Midway Drive-In located in Dixon, Il to support the film industry and to present classic 35mm horror film festivals. For this reason, all net proceeds from Flashback Weekend and the Robert Englund Freddy Krueger make-up photo-ops go to the preservation and operation of the Midway Drive-In, located in Dixon, Il.

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- Luke Owen

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People Are Very Strange These Days: A Look at Phantasm’s Tall Man

28 June 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series has a single defining trait, it is an incredible, unwavering strangeness. Nothing in the films exists in a way that isn’t somehow off; even before we factor in the dwarf slaves from another planet brought to the earth through a massive tuning fork that is a portal to a different dimension hidden in the basement of a funeral home, the portrait of everyday life we’re shown never quite matches up with one we can clearly relate to. An orphan pair of brothers are best friends with a balding ice cream salesman, neither of them seem to have a job, and the younger brother is friends with a girl his age whose grandmother is some sort of fortune teller or witch. The world is never so far off that we feel its unreality, but it’s also never close enough that we feel comfortable or grounded. »

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Robert Englund to Appear in Freddy Krueger Make-up for One Last Time at Flashback Weekend 2014

17 June 2014 3:16 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

If you’re a horror fan living in the Midwest, you are not going to want to miss this.  The 2014 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Convention is gearing up to be another memorable year of genre fun and festivities and today they announced that Robert Englund will be appearing in full Freddy Krueger make-up for the final time ever, courtesy of special effects master Robert Kurtzman, who will be doing the Freddy make-up application himself.

What’s even cooler is that fans who attend Flashback Weekend will also have the opportunity to take their picture with Robert Englund in his full Freddy make-up as part of a special photo-op on Friday, August 8th, which will celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s iconic original A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as help benefit the Digital Projector Fund for the Midway Drive-in in Dixon, Illinois.

Robert Englund will also »

- Heather Wixson

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Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998) review

4 June 2014 5:52 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)

Directed By: Don Coscarelli

Written By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: A. Michael Baldwin (Mike), Reggie Bannister (Reggie), Bill Thornbury (Jody), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man / Jebediah Morningside), Heidi Marnhout (Jennifer), Bob Ivy (Demon Trooper)

“Now this won’t hurt a bit . . .well maybe a little bit.” What I assumed for many years as the final Phantasm film actually isn’t! This was the final installment for over a decade until a recent one was made and will be coming out at a future point. Without that notion in mind, this was a fairly good series finale for the movies while leaving plenty open for a sequel.

The fourth sequel takes place exactly where the third movie ended. Mike, after being partially turned by the Tall Man, is fleeing from the Tall Man entirely and trying to find out the origins of this mysterious man. »

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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

21 May 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »

- Phil Wheat

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“Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead” (1994) review

14 May 2014 1:25 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994)

Directed By: Don Coscarelli

Written By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: Reggie Bannister (Reggie), A. Michael Baldwin (Mike), Bill Thornbury (Jody), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), Gloria Lynne Henry (Rocky), Kevin Connors (Tim), Cindy Ambuehl (Edna), John Davis Chandler (Henry), Brooks Gardner (Rufus), Irene Roseen (Demon Nurse), Sarah Davis (Tanesha),

“It’s time now boy.” “Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead” takes a different approach entirely than the first two films. The first film relies more on low budget eeriness. The second film keeps some of the atmosphere but has more action and special effects. The third installment injects more comedy than the first two combined. This sequel is also the first that never went to theaters and was straight to video. Even though this film has more weaknesses than its two predecessors, it is still a very enjoyable movie! »

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Upcoming Documentary Asks the Question Why Horror? at Cannes

9 May 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

What is it about horror that we love so much? Why are we so into being terrified and seeing innocent people killed in the most brutal ways? Have you ever pondered these questions? Longtime fan Tal Zimerman has, and he's made a documentary that sets out to answer them.

Screen Daily reports that WTFilms will be bringing Zimerman's documentary Why Horror?, which delves into the psychology of horror around the world, to Cannes. Among the interviewed subjects are names like George Romero and John Carpenter as well as Eli Roth, Alexandre Aja, Alex de la Iglesia, Ben Wheatley, Simon Barrett, Takashi Shimizu, Don Coscarelli, and Nicolas Lopez.

"For us who are fans of horror films and are dedicated to selling them, this is a dream come true," said WTFilms co-founder Gregory Chambet. "It’s fascinating to see that people from any country or gender are horror lovers and that scary movies translate the same everywhere. »

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WTFilms launches doc strand

9 May 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New non-fiction slate from the genre specialist also features Korea by Yann Moix and Why Horror?.

French genre specialist WTFilms has picked up sales on documentary La Bare, which goes behind the scenes at the famous male stripper club La Bare in Dallas, as part of a move into non-fiction.

WTFilms co-founders Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chamet say the move is a natural one for their Paris-based company, which has built up a strong reputation for its genre-based fiction slate in recent years.

“We love genre but want to tackle every aspect of its wide range”, said Stephanides

“Great films like Jodorowsky’s Dune and Room 237 have inspired us. Our name means we want to sell intense, rock ’n’ roll movies, and that is valid for documentaries as well.”

La Bare was written and directed by Joe Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike. The film, which premiered at Slamdance in January, will be released »

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WTFilms launches doc strand with La Bare

9 May 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New non-fiction slate from the genre specialist also features Korea by Yann Moix and Why Horror?.

French genre specialist WTFilms has picked up sales on documentary La Bare, which goes behind the scenes at the famous male stripper club La Bare in Dallas, as part of a move into non-fiction.

WTFilms co-founders Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chamet say the move is a natural one for their Paris-based company, which has built up a strong reputation for its genre-based fiction slate in recent years.

“We love genre but want to tackle every aspect of its wide range”, said Stephanides

“Great films like Jodorowsky’s Dune and Room 237 have inspired us. Our name means we want to sell intense, rock ’n’ roll movies, and that is valid for documentaries as well.”

La Bare was written and directed by Joe Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie in Magic Mike. The film, which premiered at Slamdance in January, will be released »

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Exclusive Peek Inside Phantasm Exhumed With Page Samples, Photos

28 April 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Author Dustin McNeil's timing is perfect. With Phantasm V: Ravager on the way, he has released the tome "Phantasm Exhumed," a look inside Don Coscarelli's horror series. Shock has an exclusive look inside this making-of book via some page samples and photos!

The post Exclusive Peek Inside Phantasm Exhumed With Page Samples, Photos appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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'Phantasm II' (1988) Review

25 April 2014 12:02 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed By: Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Directed By: Don Coscarelli

Written By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: James Le Gros (Mike), Reggie Bannister (Reggie), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), Paula Irvine (Liz), Samantha Phillips (Alchemy), Kenneth Tigar (Father Meyers), Ruth C. Engel (Grandma), Mark Anthony Major (Mortician), Rubin Kushner (Grandpa), Stacey Travis (Jeri), J. Patrick McNamara (Psychologist)

“You think when you die you go to heaven? You come to us!” “Phantasm II” picks up initially where the original left off; despite the fact the original was made 9 years prior to this film, which quickly fast forwards to the present. It’s risky tackling a sequel after this much time has passed, but Don Coscarelli pulled it off pretty good. It helped further solidify my love for this series!

The plot takes place with Mike (James LeGros) leaving his psychiatry unit after all these years after he convinces them he no longer believes »

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Phantasm (1979) Review

17 April 2014 1:21 AM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Reviewed By: Chris Wright, Morehorror.com

Directed By: Don Coscarelli

Written By: Don Coscarelli

Starring: A. Michael Baldwin (Mike), Bill Thornbury (Jody), Reggie Bannister (Reggie), Angus Scrimm (The Tall Man), Kathy Lester (Lady in Lavender), Terrie Kalbus (Fortuneteller’s Granddaughter), Kenneth V. Jones (Caretaker), Susan Harper (Girlfriend), Lynn Eastman-Rossi (Sally), David Arntzen (Toby), Ralph Richmond (Bartender), Bill Cone (Tommy), Laura Mann (Double Lavender), Mary Ellen Shaw (Fortuneteller), Myrtle Scotton (Maid)

Boy!!! A quick way to send children behind the sofa is put this often overlooked Phantasm from Don Coscarelli on your television set. I’d be scared to go to a funeral home if I was up at a young age watching this at night! This movie is must see for fans who like low budget movies. “Halloween” may have gotten the most glory but I think “Phantasm” is a worthy top 5 of the 1970s in terms of low budget. »

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The Bloodcast Episode 69 Reflects on the Phantasm Series

9 April 2014 10:11 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

In the 69th episode of The Bloodcast, it’s the latest installment of the Franchise Series! After dissecting the popular Paranormal Activity movies back in January, hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe decided to take a look at Don Coscarelli’s cult favorite Phantasm. Join Ryan and Clarke as they explore all four films in the series, what makes this franchise special and what they’re excited for in the recently announced Phantasm V: Ravager. This, plus the Game of Thrones premiere, Tentacles, Stuart Gordon’s Taste live on stage and much more.

The post The Bloodcast Episode 69 Reflects on the Phantasm Series appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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‘Phantasm V: Ravager’ Teaser Promises Familiar Faces and Bigger Balls

2 April 2014 5:45 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We live in a world where press releases are sent out alerting the media when movies begin pre-production, add cast members, or have started shooting, and even smaller films are known quantities well before they hit screens. Between official announcements, set photos, and cast/crew tweeting about the experience, there’s very little left to surprise us when it comes to movies in production. Can you imagine a movie being completed these days without anyone outside of the filmmakers knowing about it? Joss Whedon pulled it off a couple years ago with his Much Ado About Nothing redo, but his coup seemed to be the exception to the rule. Until now. Say hello to the first teaser for the already filmed and completed Phantasm V: Ravager. The ball is not only back, it’s bigger than ever and still doing the bidding of the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm). Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) are »

- Rob Hunter

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