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The Essential Vampire Films

16 October 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In readiness for Halloween, Tom Jolliffe takes a look at the essential Vampire films…

With that thing coming up that takes place on the last day in October. You know the one? Yeah, candy sales go through the roof, your house gets egged and toilet papered. Meanwhile you sacrifice a chicken over a Ouji board in the hope of getting Kevin James to stop making films. It never works and you just unleash hell on Earth (or to put it another way, a new Kevin James film comes out). With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good time to look over the best Vampire films around.Why Vampires? Well I was watching a film (that will appear on this list) and had a brainwave.

So without further ado, and not in any particular order, here are the essential Vampire films!

Nosferatu (1922)

This iconic piece of cinema remains »

- Tom Jolliffe

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Apple teams with Amblin Entertainment and Bryan Fuller for Amazing Stories reboot

15 October 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in October 2015 it was announced that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) will be overseeing a reboot of the anthology series Amazing Stories for Amblin Entertainment and NBC, and now The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has boarded the project for what will be the tech giant’s first foray into original video content.

Amazing Stories was created by Steven Spielberg, and originally ran on NBC between 1985 and 1987, featuring various fantastic, strange and supernatural tales. Directors who contributed to the series included Spielberg, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Brad Bird, Tobe Hooper, Irvin Kerschner and Tom Holland.

Fuller is set to serve as showrunner on the new take, which has received a ten-episode order, and reportedly has a budget of around $5 million per episode. As yet, there’s no word on how Apple intends to distribute the series. »

- Gary Collinson

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Halloween 2017: 31 Movies to Watch on Hulu This October

9 October 2017 7:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last week, I gave you guys a few lists from Amazon and Netflix in regards to what they have to offer via their streaming services this fall. As a newbie to Hulu, I only discovered over the weekend that they, too, beyond just being an amazing resource for television programming, offer up a killer selection of genre movies that are free to stream with a standard Hulu membership.

Here’s a look at an assortment of 31 films from Hulu that I think would be great movies to stream this October. I tried to give you guys a wide variety, too, hitting various sub-genres, so hopefully there’s a little bit of something for everyone in this list.

The Faculty

As far as high school horror films go, The Faculty has remained one of my very favorites for years now. Essentially, it’s Robert Rodriguez riffing on The X-Files, and who can resist that? »

- Heather Wixson

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Interview: Festival Director Rachel Belofsky on Celebrating Horror with Screamfest’s Eclectic 2017 Lineup

9 October 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Since it started in 2001, Screamfest has served as both a launching pad for new filmmakers and a celebration of the horror genre's past, and this year is certainly no exception. Kicking off October 10th and running through the 19th at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Screamfest 2017 features an eclectic lineup of new horror films as well as celebratory screenings of Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse and Tom Holland's Child's Play.

To celebrate the 17th year of Screamfest, Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of speaking with the festival's founder, Rachel Belofsky, to talk about this year's diverse lineup, honoring the horror genre's history, her reaction to seeing Paranormal Activity for the first time after it was submitted to Screamfest, and much more.

Congratulations on 17 years of Screamfest. That's a really awesome achievement.

Rachel Belofsky: I know. It's unbelievable. Thank you.

When you co-founded the festival back in »

- Derek Anderson

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Good Guys Finish First: Don Mancini’S Durably Deranged Killer Doll Returns In Cult Of Chucky

1 October 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Let’s talk memorable movie killers for a second. Since Mrs. Bates first slashed her way through the shower curtain in Room 1 of that roadside motel in Psycho (1960), franchise-minded murderers have had a hard time of it in the consistency department, regardless of how strong they may have lunged out of the gate. Established classics of the genre, like Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and Nightmare on Elm Street have all given birth to an array of sequels, remakes and reboots that may have extended their nasty protagonists’ shelf life, but none could approach their origins in terms of frights or filmmaking quality.

The exception to this rule of inconsistency and ever-diminishing returns in serial killer movie franchises seems to be the maniac who may have been the most unlikely to succeed, or certainly to endure, to begin with. He would be Charles Lee Ray (played with customary intensity »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Screamfest 2017: The Lodgers Leads Second Wave of Titles, Includes Child's Play And The Funhouse Screenings

26 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The seventeenth annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival is quickly approaching. Running from October 10th through 19th the festival will offer Los Angeles residents a good dose of thrills and chills leading into the Halloween season.    Brian O'Malley's gothic horror film The Lodgers leads the second wave of titles. There will also be special screenings of Tobe Hooper's The Funhouse to honor the late director. And to mark the 30th anniversary (Thirty!) of Tom Holland's Child's Play the director will attend a special screening of the film and stick around for a Q&A.    Ticket information for both special screenings is below, along with all the titles in the second wave.    The Lodgers (Ireland) 2017 Directed by Brian O’Malley Written by David Turpin Cast: Charlotte Vega,...

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Screamfest 2017’s Special Screenings Include Tobe Hooper’s The Funhouse and Tom Holland’s Child’S Play

26 September 2017 10:43 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Every October, horror fans in Los Angeles celebrate the Halloween season with diverse scares on the big screen at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, and this year, in addition to a slate of exciting new films, the festival will honor the late, great Tobe Hooper with a special screening of The Funhouse, and Child's Play fans can also look forward to a screening of the first Chucky movie followed by a Q&A with director Tom Holland.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. – September 26, 2017 – Screamfest Horror Film Festival, America’s largest, and longest running horror movie festival, announces its 2017 official schedule and the second wave of its festival line up. The fest will run from Oct. 10 - 19, 2017 at the Tcl Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Over its seventeen-year run, the female-run festival has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. »

- Derek Anderson

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Listen to the Corpse Club Discuss Fright Night (1985) on a New Episode of Daily Dead’s Podcast

22 September 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You're so cool, Corpse Clubbers! Over thirty years ago, Tom Holland brought undead scares into the suburbs with his directorial debut, Fright Night, introducing viewers to a lovable cast of characters that includes Peter Vincent, Evil Ed, and the suave vampire next door, Jerry Dandrige. The film's effects, performances, and clever writing have made it a fixture of the horror genre over the past three decades, making it the perfect bloodsucking subject for the Corpse Club to sink their teeth into on the latest "Horrigins" episode of Daily Dead's podcast.

In a special "Horrigins" installment of Corpse Club, co-hosts Patrick Bromley and Heather Wixson discuss Tom Holland's directorial debut, Fright Night (1985), including their first experiences watching the "vampire next door" movie, the film's endearing blend of horror and humor, the intriguing cast of characters, the movie's most humanizing moments, and they also talk about the 1988 sequel and the 2011 remake. »

- Derek Anderson

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Tom Holland’s World Premiere at Nightmares Film Festival!

16 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Legendary director teamed with “Friday the 13th” writer for thriller Rock Paper Dead! Columbus, Oh – It’s a horror dream-team terrifying enough to make the toughest genre lovers sleep with the lights on: legendary director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play, Stephen King’s Thinner) and beloved Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller have teamed up […] »

- Tony Wash

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Catalog From The Beyond: Psycho II (1983) and Psycho III (1986)

13 September 2017 4:05 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This month marks the one-year anniversary of Catalog from the Beyond! I thank those of you who have followed along with my inane babbling for the last twelve months, and to celebrate, I’ve decided to do an extra large edition featuring not one, but two movies that I’ve been circling since I started this column. I’ve said before that I was a latecomer to the Psycho franchise, with my rationale being that the movie was so ingrained in pop culture that I assumed I knew what it had to offer without needing to actually watch it. Now, of course, I know that I was very wrong. But after finally coming to my senses, I subsequently noticed a sizable portion of the horror community that also sings the praises of the two sequels that it spawned in 1983 and 1986.

What intrigued me about these two movies is that although »

- Bryan Christopher

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Tom Holland Presents How to Scare a Monster!

8 September 2017 3:48 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Fright Night and Child’s Play filmmaker Tom Holland turns his attention to children’s books with the release of How to Scare a Monster!, an illustrated hardback co-authored by Dustin Warburton and available now via publishers Baker & Taylor, A Follet… Continue Reading →

The post Tom Holland Presents How to Scare a Monster! appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Sean Decker

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Blu-ray Review – Psycho II (1983)

31 July 2017 3:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Psycho II, 1983.

Directed by Richard Franklin.

Starring Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Meg Tilly, Robert Loggia, Dennis Franz, Hugh Gillin, and Tom Holland.


22 years after he was incarcerated for murder Norman Bates is declared sane and released back to his motel but Mother isn’t likely to let him live a peaceful life.

Sequels to acknowledged classic movies often bring about derision and a bit of a sniffy attitude, especially belated ones not made by the original crew or featuring different actors, but every so often a worthy successor appears just to prove there are exceptions. Psycho II appeared in 1983, 23 years after Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal original, and reunites original cast members Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles but with Hitchcock having died in 1980 Universal Pictures turned to Richard Franklin, one of his students, to helm the project, based on a script written by Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child’s Play »

- Amie Cranswick

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Remembering George A. Romero by Tom Holland

16 July 2017 5:35 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

I first met George in Sitges, Spain in 1985. I was premiering Fright Night and he was there with Dawn of the Dead. He wasn’t an icon then, but a guy from Pittsburgh who’d done a brilliant no-budget film. We… Continue Reading →

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- Steve Barton

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The Complete Timeline of the ‘Child’s Play’ Franchise

5 July 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Child’s Play franchise is an unusual and wonderful creature. In its run, it has boasted directing work from Fright Night’s Tom Holland, Lost’s Jack Bender, and Freddy vs. Jason’s Ronny Yu. It brought us familiar faces like Chris Sarandon, Grace Zabriskie, Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, and Katherine Heigl. But there are two names that […] »

- Chris Vander Kaay

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Sci-Fi London 2017 Review – Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy (2016)

3 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy, 2016

Written and directed by Jose Prendes


An in-depth look at the hidden meanings and blistering truth buried within Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space, which has long been considered the worst movie ever made.

A couple of year ago, documentary filmmaker Rodney Ascher brought us Room 237, a film that explored the conspiracy theories behind Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. They were all incredible stretches of the imagination, but there was something to be admired in each subject’s dedication to their readings of the text. You can agree or not that The Shining was Kubrick’s admittance to faking the moon landing, or you can think those who believe so are crackpot weirdos; to each their own. With Unspeakable Horrors: The Plan 9 Conspiracy, low-budget horror writer and director Jose Prendes parodies the ideas behind Room 237, but not with great results. »

- Luke Owen

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Arrow Video’s July Releases Include Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

21 April 2017 11:33 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This summer, Arrow Video will take viewers back into Herbert West's lab with a limited edition Us Blu-ray of Stuart Gordon's Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator, featuring two discs and 4K restorations of both the unrated and standard cuts of the horror comedy.

Other July releases from Arrow include the previously postponed Blu-ray of Pulse (2001) in the Us and UK, a UK-only Blu-ray release of Psycho II, as well as new books exploring the respective legacies of The Blair Witch Project and Ghost in the Shell (1995). You can view all of the upcoming items below, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

From Arrow Video: "Now over to our only Us only title this month…

Us Title: Re-Animator (Blu-ray) Limited Edition

Stuart Gordon’s enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features!

Pre-order now:

Release Dates: 25 July »

- Derek Anderson

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Win Fright Night on Blu-ray

22 March 2017 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

He's sweet, sexy, and he likes to get in late. You might think he's the perfect neighbour. But before inviting Jerry in for a nightcap, there's something you should know. Jerry prefers his drinks warm, red, and straight from the jugular! Tom Holland’s directorial debut Fright Night, the iconic 1980s vampire classic starring Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Roddy McDowall, will be released on Blu-ray in the UK, in a Special Dual-Format Edition on 27 March 2017, and we have 3 copies up for grabs! Contest Ends on Friday, April 7, 2017 »

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Rock Paper Dead Frees a Serial Killer in this Official Trailer (Bad Move!)

3 March 2017 2:21 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Tom Holland (Child's Play, Thinner) returns to horror with the indie feature Rock Paper Dead. Developed by writers Kerry Fleming and Victor Miller, the film involves a "cured...serial killer." Peter returns to his ancestral home to, unsurprisingly, kill again! The film stars: Michael Madsen, Tatum O'Neal, Najarra Townsend and Gabrielle Stone. What is surprising - there are two sequels already in the works, for this series. Rock Paper Dead 2 and 3 will release in 2018 and 2020, respectively. For now, a trailer for the first title is hosted here. The synopsis expands on the film's story slightly. Peter (Luke Macfarlane) has been released from a state hospital, for the criminally insane. Childhood memories, triggered by a visit to his hometown, compel Peter to kill again. A visit from Ashley (Jennifer Titus) might quell his rage, if he can just resolve his past. Rock Paper Dead will release in 2017. Before the film's launch, »

- (Michael Allen)

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The Doll Maker Attacks in New Trailer for Tom Holland’s Rock Paper Dead

3 March 2017 6:44 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Child's Play and Fright Night (1985) director Tom Holland steps back behind the camera for the new horror film Rock Paper Dead, and you can get a tease of what to expect in the film's first trailer.

"Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer Peter “The Doll Maker” Harris, who returns to his ancestral family estate after being released from the state’s hospital for the criminally insane after twenty years – a “cured” man. Once inside the old house, anguished memories from a tortured childhood and visitations from past victims shake Peter’s resolve, but it isn’t until the lovely young Ashley enters his life that Peter makes a fateful decision. One that rekindles old desires that have always ended in murder."

The post The Doll Maker Attacks in New Trailer for Tom Holland’s Rock Paper Dead appeared first on Daily Dead. »

- Derek Anderson

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First Trailer for Horror 'Rock Paper Dead' from Director Tom Holland

2 March 2017 6:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

"Welcome back, Peter..." This is the first horror film from director Tom Holland since Thinner in 1996. Rock Paper Dead is the new horror film made by Tom Holland, director of the original Fright Night, Child's Play and Thinner. The film is about a serial killer named Peter "the Doll Maker" Harris, played by Luke Macfarlane, who returns to his hometown after being "cured" in a mental hospital only to relapse into his spooky, doll-maker, serial killer ways. The full cast includes Michael Madsen, Tatum O'Neal, Maureen McCormick, and Jennifer Titus. With so much innovative and unique horror being made, by comparison this looks rather lackluster. Even the lead actor seems miscast, the whole film just seems weird. Here's the first teaser trailer for Tom Holland's Rock Paper Dead, direct from YouTube (via Deadline): From the creators of Friday the 13th and Child's Play!, Rock Paper Dead is the story of serial killer, »

- Alex Billington

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