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17 items from 2015


A Bucket of Blood | Blu-Ray Review

29 December 2015 8:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Though producer Roger Corman’s contributions to independent cinema are arguably unparalleled, the enduring quality of his directorial efforts is another story. By the end of the 1950s, Corman had directed about two dozen of his own films in roughly five years, many of these derivative genre efforts rivaling the quality of Ed Wood. But 1959 found Corman trying to switch things up a bit, and he delivered two of his more flavorful works. Besides unleashing the Susan Cabot headliner The Wasp Woman (which remains a fun, eccentric commentary on feminine standards of beauty), Corman would skewer the pretentiousness of self-important artists and the hypocrisy of what defines art in A Bucket of Blood, a much more salacious title than the material warrants. Written by Charles B. Griffith, (who would go uncredited next to Corman on his The Little Shop of Horrors a year later), the film is an early lead »

- Nicholas Bell

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Tales From A Life Lived With Monsters

30 October 2015 1:07 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Over at my other haunt, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, there is currently posted, in honor of Halloween week, what I think are two very special treats (and possibly tricks). The first is a very challenging frame grab quiz in which readers are asked to guess the titles of 31 movies based on eerie images that may or may not be so easy to identify. The other is a special edition of the traditional interview-type quiz I occasionally come up devoted entirely to the harrowing world of horror. It features the usual batch of questions for which there are no wrong answers, only your answers, which makes it much more fun to fill out and especially to read. As usual, it’s taking me a while to get around to submitting my own answers to the quiz, but in the creeping shadow of the approaching holiday I thought I »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Top 50 terrifying TV characters

29 October 2015 10:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Jokers, circus masters and demonic dolls. Which TV characters terrify you? Den Of Geek asked its writers that very question…

The subconscious is a terrible place; dark, mysterious and peopled by spectres from the past. As a bit of a laugh then, we sent our writers journeying into theirs and asked them to drag out any TV terrors they found lurking in the shadows.

Some television fears had been ensconced there since childhood, others were more recent tenants. Some were morally terrifying; human beings with icy hearts capable of atrocities, others were simply… atrocities.

Join us as we count down in order of terror from the sort-of-creepy to the downright terrifying, the 50 TV characters that, for whatever reason, give our writers chills. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to fill in gaps by adding your own peculiar television nightmares below…

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- louisamellor

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Film Review: Burnt Offerings (1976) – Review #2

9 October 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Film Review: Burnt Offerings (1976) – Review #2

Synopsis: A family of three takes a summer vacation at an enormous mansion in the hopes of relaxing but instead finds themselves in the grip of a nightmare as several horrific events threatens to destroy them. Review: Burnt Offerings (1976) is Dan Curtis’s film adaptation of the 1973 novel of the same name by the ...

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- Jonathan Stryker

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10 Commonly Overlooked Horror Films Worth Seeing

6 October 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

When I was a kid, I used to love a scary movie. I remember catching the original The Haunting (1963) one night on Channel 9’s Million Dollar Movie when I was home alone. Before it was over, I had every light in the house on. When my mother got home she was screaming she’d been able to see the house glowing from two blocks away. The only thing screaming louder than her was the electricity meter.

That was something of an accomplishment, scaring me like that. Oh, it’s not that I was hard to scare (I still don’t like going down into a dark cellar). But, in those days, the movies didn’t have much to scare you with. Back as far as the 50s, you might find your odd dismemberment and impaling, even an occasional decapitation, but, generally, the rule of the day was restraint. Even those rare dismemberments, »

- Bill Mesce

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October 6th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Bram Stoker’S Dracula, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, We Are Still Here

5 October 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the first week of October, genre fans should get those wallets ready because there are seemingly endless horror and sci-fi movies being released on both DVD and Blu-ray. Warner Bros. is keeping busy with the release of numerous Hammer Classics in HD including Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, The Mummy and Taste the Blood of Dracula, and we have the latest new release from Scream Factory, the cannibal comedy Gravy, to look forward to as well. Sony Pictures has also put together a stellar new release of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Kino Lorber is showing the cult classic Burnt Offerings some love this week, too.

Other notable titles arriving on October 6th include We Are Still Here, Final Girl, Fire City: End of Days, Children of the Night, June, Pod, Cop Car, Alleluia, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and the second season of Penny Dreadful. »

- Heather Wixson

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Popular Disney Actor and Broadway Performer Jones Dead at 84

2 September 2015 2:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney movies. Dean Jones dead at 84: Actor in Disney movies 'The Love Bug,' 'That Darn Cat!' Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died of complications from Parkinson's disease on Tue., Sept. 1, '15, in Los Angeles. Jones (born on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama) was 84. Dean Jones movies Dean Jones began his Hollywood career in the mid-'50s, when he was featured in bit parts – at times uncredited – in a handful of films at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer In 2009 interview for Christianity Today, Jones recalled playing his first scene (in These Wilder Years) with veteran James Cagney, who told him “Walk to your mark and remember your lines” – supposedly a lesson he would take to heart. At MGM, bit player Jones would also be featured in Robert Wise's »

- Andre Soares

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Lela Swift, Pioneering TV Director, Dies at 96

5 August 2015 7:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lela Swift, who rose from the secretarial pool at CBS to become a pioneering TV director, died Aug. 4 at her home in Santa Monica. She was 96.

Swift worked her way up the ranks from production gopher to assistant director to helmer while CBS was in its infancy as a TV network. She directed episodes of such anthology series as “Studio One,” “Suspense” and “The Web.” Later in her career she worked on “Dark Shadows” and had a 14-year run on the ABC soap “Ryan’s Hope.”

Swift was mentored by “Studio One” producer Worthington Miner and prominent helmers including Franklin Schaffner and Paul Nickell. In 1950 she was tapped to replace Schaffner as a lead director on “Studio One.” Among her notable episodes was a two-part adaptation of “Little Women” starring Nancy Marchand.

On the half-hour series “The Web,” Swift gave a young James Dean one of his first TV roles. »

- Variety Staff

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David Kennedy, Talent Agent Turned Producer, Dies at 73

1 July 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Kennedy, a top talent agent in the 1970s and ’80s who segued into producing, has died. He was 73.

Kennedy died in Los Angeles on June 14 as a result of complications from knee replacement surgery, FX confirmed Wednesday.

Kennedy was most recently developing several projects at FX under a first-look deal with FX Prods., including a narrative take on the 2012 AIDS activism documentary “How to Survive a Plague.”

As a producer he was known for such telepics as CBS’ Emmy-winning 2005 drama “Saving Milly” and Showtime’s “Our Fathers.”

Kennedy spent 12 years as head of TV for ICM, based in New York where he represented such notables as Robin Williams, Lorne Michaels, Eddie Murphy, Dick Clark, Debbie Allen and Joe Piscopo. He segued to the production side with his move west to work as senior VP of programming for Pearson Television and Reg Grundy Prods.

Kennedy later became president of Dan Curtis Prods. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

1 July 2015 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.

For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was also executive producer of the movie “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Kennedy had a close relationship with Depp’s company »

- Carmel Dagan

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TV Producer David Kennedy, a Former Agent, Dies Suddenly at 73

1 July 2015 6:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Kennedy, the former entertainment talent agent and an award-winning television producer, died suddenly on June 14 in Los Angeles due to complications from knee replacement surgery.

For the past two years, the 73-year-old Kennedy had been developing numerous television projects for FX Networks under a first-look deal with FX Productions, an agreement that was recently renewed for another two years prior to his death. Among the projects were “How to Survive a Plague,” which he was developing with David France, along with David Siegel and Scott McGehee, based on France’s award-winning documentary of the same name. He was also developing “A Perfect Terrorist,” based on the “Frontline” episode of the same name from Wgbh and ProPublica, with producers David Fanning, Joshua Goldin, Rachel Abramowitz and Sebastian Rotella.

Kennedy was also executive producer of the movie “Dark Shadows,” starring Johnny Depp. Kennedy had a close relationship with Depp’s company »

- Carmel Dagan

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Interstellar’ Shine at Saturn Awards

26 June 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Interstellar” drew the most wins at the 41st annual Saturn Awards, taking six awards including top science fiction film. But “Guardians of the Galaxy” also had a big night, picking up awards for top comicbook film, best director and best actor for Chris Pratt.

Jonathan Nolan accepted the screenwriting honor for “Interstellar.” He quipped: ” ‘Interstellar’ is the story of a man who goes on an arduous journey, comes back 100 years later to find that nobody remembers him or gives a f–k about what he was doing. It’s a pretty good metaphor for writing a studio film.”

“Guardians” director James Gunn accepted for Pratt, then was recalled to the podium twice more in quick succession to accept his own kudos and the top honor for the film. Gunn eschewed the “cocktail attire” dress code for a black sweatshirt emblazoned with a kitten. Gunn read a message from Pratt: “James Gunn is the future. »

- David S. Cohen

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Interstellar’ Shine at Saturn Awards

26 June 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Interstellar” drew the most wins at the 41st annual Saturn Awards, taking six awards including top science fiction film. But “Guardians of the Galaxy” also had a big night, picking up awards for top comicbook film, best director and best actor for Chris Pratt.

Jonathan Nolan accepted the screenwriting honor for “Interstellar.” He quipped: ” ‘Interstellar’ is the story of a man who goes on an arduous journey, comes back 100 years later to find that nobody remembers him or gives a f–k about what he was doing. It’s a pretty good metaphor for writing a studio film.”

“Guardians” director James Gunn accepted for Pratt, then was recalled to the podium twice more in quick succession to accept his own kudos and the top honor for the film. Gunn eschewed the “cocktail attire” dress code for a black sweatshirt emblazoned with a kitten. Gunn read a message from Pratt: “James Gunn is the future. »

- David S. Cohen

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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD Coming from Kino Lorber This Fall

23 April 2015 8:02 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Its source material (Robert Marasco's 1973 novel) influenced Stephen King's The Shining, it featured one of the most unnerving "what's behind that door?" onscreen mysteries, and its creepy hearse driver has been the stuff of nightmares for decades. Dan Curtis' Burnt Offerings has a lot to offer viewers fond of the haunted house sub-genre. For a long time, fans of the 1976 film have been waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray, and with their recent announcement, Kino Lorber is making sure all those years of patience will pay off. Thankfully, by the time trick-or-treaters knock on your door, Burnt Offerings will be available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Boasting a brand new high-definition transfer, Kino Lorber's Burnt Offerings Blu-ray / DVD is slated for an October release. No special features have been revealed at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements regarding this much-anticipated home media release. »

- Derek Anderson

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Burnt Offerings

10 April 2015 4:44 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This was ground zero. This was where the love affair started; all the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, the screaming. In 1976, at the age of six, my mom took me to the theater to see Burnt Offerings, my first horror movie.

Six years old. Up until this point my viewing memories consisted of Saturday morning cartoons and a matinee memory of seeing a giant octopus engulf a ship (submarine?). Little did I know that I was to be indoctrinated into a universe of monsters, vampires, guys with knives (girls too), killer critters, ghosts, goblins, and, in my inaugural visit to the screen of screams… the Haunted House.

Well, that description is a little off. The house in Burnt Offerings isn’t haunted exactly; it is…alive. A living, pulsing being that every so often needs a new family to love it. Cherish it. And to be consumed by it so »

- Scott Drebit

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Actor Geoffrey Lewis Passes Away at Age 79

10 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Veteran character actor Geoffrey Lewis, known to genre fans for his roles as Mike Ryerson in Tobe Hooper’s Salem‘s Lot (1979), Terry McKeen in Brett Leonard’s The Lawnmower Man (1992), Stubbs in Dan Curtis’s Trilogy of Terror II (1996), and as Roy Sullivan in Rob Zombie’s The Devil‘s Rejects (2005), passed away on April 7th in Woodland Hills, CA at age 79. The father of actress Juliette Lewis, he appeared in over 200 roles … Continue reading →

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- Jonathan Stryker

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Round-Up: Burnt Offerings Excerpt, Stanley Film Festival Now Casting Volunteers, The Dark Below

24 March 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It influenced Stephen King's seminal horror novel, The Shining, and was the basis for a 1976 film starring Karen Black and Oliver Reed. Valancourt Books is now paying tribute to one of the most notable haunted house stories ever put to paper with their new edition of Robert Marasco's Burnt Offerings, featuring an introduction by Stephen Graham Jones. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, we have an excerpt from the 1973 horror novel in our latest round-up, along with details on how you can be a volunteer at this year's Stanley Film Festival and a look at images from the Great Lakes-set horror film, The Dark Below, which recently wrapped principal photography.

Burnt Offerings: "Ben and Marian Rolfe are desperate to escape a stifling summer in their cramped and noisy Queens apartment, so when they get the chance to rent a mansion in upstate New York for »

- Derek Anderson

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