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Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Digging Up The Marrow, a meta-fantasy flick from horror filmmaker Adam Green (Frozen). Green stars as himself along with a cadre of his genre pals in a story that begins when he receives a package from a mysterious man (Ray Wise) who claims he can prove that monsters exist. Green wrote, directed, and stars in the pic inspired by the work of artist Alex Pardee, who also appears along with Will Barratt, Joe Lynch (Everly), Don Coscarelli (John Dies At The End), Lloyd Kaufman, Tony Todd (Candyman), Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program), Mick Garris (Masters Of Horror), Tom Holland (Fright Night), Kane Hodder (Jason X, Hatchet), Josh Ethier (Almost Human), and the late Dave Brockie of Gwar. Digging Up The Marrow was produced by Green for his ArieScope Pictures along with Cory Neal, who financed with Andrew Mysko through their Hacienda Film Co. »
- Jen Yamato
Though it may be hard to believe, it’s been nearly 30 years since Charley Brewster teamed up with Peter Vincent to take down vampire-next-door Jerry Dandrige in writer/director Tom Holland’s eerie, entertaining horror film, Fright Night. To celebrate the movie’s three-decade mark, Twilight Time has announced they will release a 30th Anniversary, Special Edition Blu-ray of Fright Night in January.
Twilight Time recently revealed that they are unleashing a 30th Anniversary, Special Edition Blu-ray of Fright Night on January 21st, 2015. Special features have yet to be revealed, as well as the final cover art.
In December of 2011, Twilight Time came out with 3,000 copies of a limited edition Fright Night Blu-ray. Not surprisingly, the release quickly sold out. There’s no official word yet on how many copies will be available this time around, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers posted on further announcements. Here’s the »
- Derek Anderson
With every horror fan’s favorite time of year just right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of 31 genre-related titles currently available on Netflix Instant that undoubtedly will get you ready for the Halloween season.
David is the only one who knows the truth about the aliens invading his small town in this remake of the 50s science-fiction classic.
Based on a story by H.P. Lovecraft, this campy send-up follows an egotistical medical student who develops a serum that miraculously revives the dead.
When Charley Brewster discovers that his suave new neighbor is a vampire, he seeks help from actor Peter Vincent, famed for portraying a ghoul hunter.
Join the rotting but amiable Creep as he introduces this anthology of three gruesome tales written by the master of horror, »
- Heather Wixson
Illustrator Travis Falligant has spent the good part of the month putting a smile on our faces with his "Scooby-Doo Lost Mysteries" series. They're animation cell-like depictions of the Scooby gang meeting modern horror characters and he's made close to 20 now.
Overnight, he uploaded a batch inspired by Tom Holland's Fright Night and, recently, he's illustrated the gang's encounters with Angela from Sleepyaway Camp, Cropsy from The Burning and Giger's Alien.
Enjoy the entire gallery below and check out Falligant's Facebook page here.
- Ryan Turek
Playing as part of this years Film4 FrightFest is Adam Green's latest directorial feature film, Digging Up the Marrow, and if you're gonna be there, you'll have a chance to score yourself an exclusive poster for the flick!
"Only those attending the screening will get these exclusive posters as only enough were made for the number of seats in the cinema," says Green. "This is the first poster in a 4-part variant series leading up to the official theatrical one-sheet and release details. All coming soon."
Green also stars in the documentary film, which he made with artist Alex Pardee along with Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, and a host of other familiar faces. In Digging Up the Marrow an exploration of genre-based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real. »
- Steve Barton
On Blu-ray and DVD right now via the Scream Factory is 1982's The Beast Within. The film was Tom Holland's first produced feature screenplay, and according to Fango, some of what he wrote couldn’t be filmed for the 1982 release.
“I am now preparing a remake,” he tells them. “Cicadas were a large part of the script I wrote; their 17-year transformation foreshadowed what was happening to Michael. You couldn’t work with insects then, couldn’t capture what I wrote, but CGI now does make that possible.”
He points out, however, that he would not want Michael’s climactic shapeshift into a monster to be done digitally. “Michael’s transformation should still be old-school, done in-camera. The lure of a remake is to finally be able to do what I originally wrote.”
A teenager is experiencing growing pains of a most shocking kind in this exciting, »
- Steve Barton
I read and owned something like 55-60 Goosebumps books growing up. I probably would have only made it though a few of them, though, had the stories been as jacked up as these classic horror films that have been reimagined as books from R.L. Stine’s popular children's book series. The covers and blurbs from designer Theodore Holmstead-Scott and writer Jude Deluca do a perfect job of making these stories seem much tamer than they really are.
We’ve included some of our favorites below, but be sure to check out the many more covers they’ve created on their Tumblr, If It Were Stine. They also reimagine modern horror films and TV shows, and even model video games on the choose-your-own-adventure-type books from the Goosebumps series.
By the time the television series based on these books came out, I had already outgrown them. I »
- Eli Reyes
There has always been an understated rivalry between the mediums of movies and television. Many years ago it was even thought as being somewhat of a drastic career letdown if actors/actresses from film decided to depart for the landscape of television. The truth is that for some performers that had stalled or uneventful momentum in motion pictures that the concept of “slumming it” in television actually saved their show business profession. Hence, the boob tube made them relevant whereas the big screen had unceremoniously passed them by.
However, there is also a mutual respect that cinema and television share that go hand in hand when shaping our appreciation for entertainment on both the big and small screen. When movies depict the aspects of the TV world giving a sociological, psychological or emotional perspective then it is not so uncool to be a proud couch potato after all, right? Let »
- Frank Ochieng
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
Wow. Just a month in and this regular post dedicated to the - shall we say - more idiosyncratic, less delicate of movies (or shall we just say “gory horrors and not-quite-b-movies”) has the splendid fortune of getting to review Stuart Gordon’s tongue-in-cheek classic, Re-Animator.
Produced by Brian Yuzna, the warped individual behind the brutal class satire/mutant cannibalism jaunt Society, and starring that rubber-faced icon of the midnight movie, Jeffrey Combs, this remains one of the crowning glories of 80s cult film-making. Re-Animator's essentially an outlandish, sillier take on Hp Lovecraft’s spin on the Frankenstein mad-scientist story, and Combs, who you’ll undoubtedly know from such box-office juggernauts as Doctor Mordrid and Cellar Dweller (reviewed here next month), plays brilliant-if-misguided medical student Herbert West. »
Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens, Don Gordon, R.G. Armstrong, Katherine Moffat, L.Q. Jones, Logan Ramsey, John Dennis Johnston, Ron Soble, Luke Askew, Meshach Taylor, Boyce Holleman | Written by Tom Holland | Directed by Philippe Mora
The Beast Within is a strange movie, you spend a lot of the time thinking it’s a strange werewolf film and the rest wondering just what the hell the beast is. The fact is though if you take your time and watch it you realise that the so-called Beast is unique, by listening to the commentary and watching the documentary included in this release you realise that the creature is in fact a cicada. I know, I had to look up what it was too.
- Paul Metcalf
Director: Philippe Mora
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Extras: Making Of, Director’s Commentary
The Beast Within hints towards a werewolf film, with its imagery of a full moon and a credit mentioning “Transformation effects.” However, this is far from a werewolf tale although it does take onboard some of the key elements. In order to make this a much fresher piece there are ideas of possession too and an overall theme of circularity and metamorphosis.
Ronny Cox and Bibi Besch play a just married couple whose car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, as Eli (Cox) goes for help, Caroline (Besch) is attacked by an unseen creature who rapes her before disappearing into the night. 17 years later and the couple now have a 17 year old son who is a »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
I have a massive amount of love and respect for Psycho II. To take what is considered by many to be not only one of the greatest horror films of all time, but one of the greatest films of all time Period, and make a sequel to it…that takes some courage. Not only did writer Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’S Play) and director Richard Franklin (Roadgames) rise to the challenge, they created a sequel that is held with intense reverence by fans all across the board.
Picking up 22 years after the events of the first Psycho, Psycho II brings Norman Bates home, where he is thrown into a web of confusion (most of which is at the hands of Lila Loomis, sister of Marion Crane, Janet Leigh’s unfortunate character from the original film), unsure if he’s losing his mind or if ‘mother’ is back at it. »
- Jerry Smith
The trailer for The Beast Within, upon its initial release in 1982, warned that the final 30 minutes were so horrific that viewers might not survive to see the end credits roll. Scream Factory has already released the movie on Blu-ray in the Us, but UK residents who survived a viewing of the grim coming-of-age flick, or those who want to check it out for the first time, will be happy to learn that Arrow Films will soon be releasing The Beast Within in a dual Blu-ray and DVD format in the UK:
“Kill Me, Please Kill Me… Before It’S Too Late
Late one full moonlit night, a woman stands alone on the roadside waiting for her husband to return to their broken-down car. All of a sudden she’s pounced upon, dragged into the dark woods and savaged by a barely-glimpsed assailant. But this is only the beginning of the terror in The Beast Within… »
- Derek Anderson
Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!
Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright, »
- Jerry Smith
Last year FEARnet exclusively premiered a web series called Tom Holland's Twisted Tales, comprised of nine stories of terror from the master of horror. Right now we have your chance to score a copy of the DVD!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest ends at 12:01 Pt on Monday, April 7th.
Image Entertainment Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales, available on DVD beginning March 18, 2014. Directed by and starring Master of Horror Tom Holland, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales is an anthology film staring an impressive list of actors and “who’s who” from the horror genre, including William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, "Boardwalk Empire"), Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Aj Bowen (Hatchet II), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave). and more. »
- Uncle Creepy
As a composer, I'm quick to acknowledge the role of music in setting the tone for a horror film, and while theme songs with lyrics and vocals can be just as effective as an instrumental score, there are definitely risks involved: along with clothing and hairstyles, songs tend to anchor a film to the year it was made, and as tastes change, a pop tune can be exposed as a quaint and silly relic of its decade. Then again, some of those tracks were pretty goofy to begin with, and nothing could have saved them. With that said, I love every one of these oddball themes to death (even the truly painful ones), so I'd like to share with you the best of the weirdest, straight from one of my more... uh, let's say “eccentric” party playlists. Let's rock! Fat Boys: “Are You Ready for Freddy?” (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, »
- Gregory Burkart
Tom Holland's Twisted Tales was a web series hosted by our friends over at FearNet. The 'Twisted Tales' are nine short films, all written and directed by Tom Holland (Child's Play and Fright Night). They are stories about revenge seeking technology, tales of morality, drug abuse and werewolves, survival instincts, and dancing vampires. As with nearly every anthology series out there, there are high notes and low notes. Mileage always varies and enjoyment of the shorts is purely subjective. Holland recruits a few familiar faces to genre fans. In these tales you will find A.J. Bowen (The Sacrament), who gets victimized by his Gps in Fred and his Gps. Danielle Harris (Stakeland) and William Forsythe (Boardwalk Empire) go tete-a-tete in the deal with the Devil tale To Hell With You. Ray Wise...
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