17 items from 2017
[Editor's Note: A version of this retrospective originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine.] With House II: The Second Story, the vastly underrated sequel written and directed by Ethan Wiley (who also wrote the screenplay for the original House), New World Pictures introduced audiences to a whole new world filled with unexpected frights and adventures with an Old West twist. The sequel was released in late August of 1987 and took a decidedly left turn away from the more straightforward house of horrors style seen in Steve Miner’s original film, instead favoring a tone that was much more light-hearted, fun-spirited, and far more family friendly.
And while The Second Story did respectable business during its two-week theatrical run that summer and was also a profitable sequel for New World, House II isn’t a film that I feel gets nearly the love that it should. Case in point: Joshua Jackson’s character makes a comment about House II during the sequels discussion scene in Scream 2, »
- Heather Wixson
Knowing that the franchise has been on ice since 2009, it certainly did nothing to lift the spirits of longtime fans of Friday the 13th upon hearing that the long gestating re-reboot had been scrapped earlier this year. And although bumps in the road are to be expected in this industry, we always take solace in knowing that it’s only a matter of time before a horror icon such as Jason Voorhees graces cinemas once again.
Well, that is until you come across news like this, which feels about as great as a machete to the gut.
Now, I’m no big city lawyer, but the details presented by The Hollywood Reporter are nothing short of disturbing. So, here’s the long and short of it: Back in the 1970’s, U.S. Congress amended copyright law by allowing authors or their heirs to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership. »
- Eric Joseph
Back in August of last year, we wrote about the legal battle between Victor Miller, the original screenwriter of Friday the 13th, and Horror, Inc., and the Manny Company, who represent Sean Cunningham. The issue is that Miller is trying… Continue Reading →
The post The Friday the 13th Copyright Case Could Tear Apart Further Entries in the Franchise appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Aside from Gun Media’s recently-released licensed horror game, it’s going on ten years since the masked psychopath known as Jason Voorhees stalked our nightmares thanks to Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th movie reboot.
That’s not to say that the franchise is necessarily dead, far from it; in fact, Paramount has been toiling away on a big-screen redo since 2013. Things look to have been progressing at a brisk clip, too, until the studio delayed its horror revival three times in as many years, and the last update from the Powers That Be revealed that production on the origin story had ostensibly shut down.
Still nothing to report on that front just yet, but while appearing on the latest episode of the Shock Wave podcast (with a tip of the hat to Bloody Disgusting), series creator Sean Cunningham revealed that the spinoff TV series based on Friday the 13th »
- Michael Briers
The legendary Kane Hodder, whose film contributions are many, but is most known for his portrayal of Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th Part VII, Friday the 13th Part VIII, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X), has a documentary coming out about his intriguing life called To Hell and Back, and a new clip from the film has been released. Also: details on the Sdcc 2017 exclusive Twin Peaks sign, Central Park and Inheritance Dances with Films screening info, release details on the Camera Obscura soundtrack and White Raven release.
To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story: "In a candid moment, Robert Englund reveals that horror films used to not garner much respect among the film industry, but is now “a go-to, popcorn ingredient in the soul of Hollywood.” Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) describes stories of Kane’s strong relationship with his fans, while Ted White (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter »
- Tamika Jones
The first clip from the upcoming documentary To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story has been released. In it, Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Ted White (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter), Friday the 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham, and… Continue Reading →
The post Robert Englund Talks Horror’s Appeal in To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Jonathan Barkan
Growing up, I was a big fan of both House and House II: The Second Story, so as you can imagine, Arrow Video’s recent House: Two Stories Blu-ray collection was right up my proverbial alley. Both films look better here than they did on DVD (which is how I’ve been viewing them for years now), the new retrospective featurettes do a great job of diving deep into both movies, and the other supplemental materials included are a welcome blast from the past. For fans who are on the fence about adding House: Two Stories to your home media collections, I can emphatically say this set is well worth the investment.
In House (1986), we meet famed writer Roger Cobb (William Katt), a Vietnam vet with a slumping career and a marriage that has hit the skids after his son disappeared while visiting Roger’s aunt Elizabeth in her gothic abode one fateful day. »
- Heather Wixson
15 years ago, evil got an upgrade…In Space!
Eight years after Jason Voorhees went to the hell of middling box office returns, New Line Cinema (who snatched up the rights to the character after Paramount squandered the Friday the 13th property into a tired series of faceless slasher sequels) launched their psychotic goalie into that far, far away galaxy where franchises like Critters and Leprechaun had already gone to die — In Space!!! The last-second climax of Jason Goes To Hell promised an ultimate fighting showdown between New Line’s other favorite son, Freddy Krueger, but the studio had to put that dream on hold while Wes Craven completed his final statement with New Nightmare. Desperate to keep his franchise alive while the promise of Freddy Vs. Jason tried to free itself from the muck of development hell, original creator Sean S. Cunningham passed the producing credits down to his son Noel, and »
- Brad Gullickson
Following the success of 1980’s Friday the 13th, director Sean S. Cunningham inadvertently birthed another, less likely franchise in the mid-1980s, producing horror comedy House (1985), directed by Steve Miner (who cut his teeth directing on the first two Friday sequels).
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- Nicholas Bell
I hope you guys are ready, because April 11th looks to be an incredible day of home entertainment releases for genre fans, especially if you’ve been patiently waiting for the stunning new Phantasm Blu-ray set from Well Go USA, which features every film from the franchise together in one nifty package. Arrow Video has also assembled the first two House movies for a limited edition Blu-ray set that arrives this week, and Severin Films has resurrected the cult classic Cathy’s Curse in HD for the first time ever.
Other notable horror and sci-fi home entertainment offerings for April 11th include The Bye Bye Man (Unrated), The Violent Shit Collection, Chupacabra Territory, Naciye, Takashi Miike’s Dead or Alive trilogy, »
- Heather Wixson
House: The Complete Collection Limited Edition Box Set
Starring William Katt, Kay Lenz, George Wendt, Richard Moll, Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Royal Dano, Lar Park-Lincoln, Amy Yasbeck, Bill Maher, John Ratzenberger, Dean Cleverdon, Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Rita Taggart, Dedee Pfeiffer, Terri Treas, Melissa Clayton, Scott Burkholder, Denny Dillon, Kane Hodder.
1980s VHS rental hit House and its three sequels are brought together on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK in a lavish box set from Arrow Video.
A hugely popular VHS rental back in the day, 1985s House is a film that was put together by a team of people that included producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th/The Last House on the Left), writer Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps/The Monster Squad), director Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part 2/Halloween H20: »
- Amie Cranswick
Movie studios make films about real people all the time, but there’s always been something uniquely gross about the desire to adapt the death of Elisa Lam into a horror movie. Lam was the Canadian college student whose body was found in the water tank of a Los Angeles hotel in 2013, and her story became an internet legend when spooky security camera footage of her behaving strangely in an elevator before her death was released. Nicolas Winding Refn was set to direct a movie based on Lam’s story called The Bringing, but he dropped out in 2014. Then, in 2016, Sony canned the project completely.
Now, The Last House On The Left and Friday The 13th producer Sean Cunningham is set to make a totally different horror movie based on the slightly mysterious and tragic circumstances of Lam’s death. Titled The Elevator Game, Bloody Disgusting says ...
- Sam Barsanti
Sean S. Cunningham is best known to horror fans as one of the creators of Friday the 13th, and now he’s about to share his talents with Nicole Jones-Dion to producer her new horror thriller The Elevator Game under his… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Way back in 2015, a Kickstarter campaign launched for an innovative new Friday the 13th video game, which allows fans to play as the iconic killer Jason Voorhees. The game is set to launch sometime early this year, but while we wait for an official launch date, Gun Media has unveiled a brand new Jason Voorhees skin that fans can play as, which was designed by horror legend Tom Savini himself. Tom Savini actually designed the original version of Jason Voorhees in the 1980 classic Friday the 13th, and now we have this new design that shows a burning fire within Jason, quite literally.
Gun Media debuted these new images showing flames behind Jason Voorhees' eyes, with his entire inner-body consumed by hellfire. Fans who pre-order the game at Friday-The-13th-TheGame.BackerKit.com will receive this skin and can play the game as this version of the iconic horror legend. The Gun »
Arrow Video isn't playing any April Fools' Day joke on horror and thriller fans with their Blu-ray releases for next month, which include the respective House: Two Stories (previously scheduled for a March 21st release) and Donnie Darko box sets, Wolf Guy, Caltiki the Immortal Monster, and more.
Press Release: Mvd Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the Us with several titles for April 2017. On April 18th comes The Night Evelyn Came Out Of The Grave (Blu-ray and DVD) and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (Blu-ray and DVD), two giallo chillers from director Emilio P. Miraglia which were previously only available in the limited edition box set entitled Killer Dames. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses.
- Derek Anderson
This past Monday afternoon, word came down from Paramount Pictures that the latest installment of “Friday the 13th,” which had been part of the studio’s development slate for nearly four years, had been pulled from its schedule. Only a couple of hours later, speculation engendered by that announcement was confirmed: The new “Friday the 13th” was dead, at least for the time being, and certainly at Paramount.
No official explanation was forthcoming, though the obvious one seemed to be the disappointing box-office returns for the just-concluded first weekend of “Rings,” another Paramount franchise reboot that had bounced around its slate a few times; it finished below the third weekend of Universal’s “Split.” The news was met with disappointment by die-hard “Friday” fans, who were looking forward to Jason Voorhees’ return to the studio that had nurtured him through eight movies between 1980-89. The feeling was especially acute for »
- Michael Gingold
Step inside, we’ve been expecting you! At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two installments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time! In the original House, William Katt (Carrie) stars as Roger Cobb, a horror novelist struggling to pen his next bestseller. When he inherits his aunt’s creaky old mansion, Roger decides that he’s found the ideal place in which to get some writing done. Unfortunately, the house’s monstrous supernatural residents have other ideas… Meanwhile, House II: The Second Story sees young Jesse (Arye Gross) moving into an old family mansion where his parents were mysteriously murdered years before. Plans for turning the place into a party pad are soon thwarted by the appearance of Jesse’s mummified great-great-grandfather, his mystical crystal skull and the zombie cowboy who’ll stop at nothing to lay his hands on it! From »
- Tom Stockman
17 items from 2017
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