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Sam Hall, who wrote for such soap operas as Dark Shadows, Once Life to Live and Santa Barbara, died Friday after a short bout with pneumonia in Rhinebeck, N.Y., his son, Matt, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 93. Hall, a five-time Daytime Emmy Award nominee and Peabody Award winner, was married for 33 years to the late Grayson Hall, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination for playing Judith Fellowes in John Huston’s The Night of the Iguana (1964). She also portrayed parapsychologist Julia Hoffman, who futilely attempted to cure Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) of his vampire
- Mike Barnes
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning makeup artist who turned teenaged Linda Blair into a possessed demon in The Exorcist and made special dentures to give Marlon Brando jowls in The Godfather, has died following a long illness. He was 92, USA Today reports.
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What is it about immortal beings with an insatiable hunger for blood that has captured our imaginations for so many years? Vampires have moved from folk legend to literature to cinema to television and from horror to fantasy to somewhere in between, and yet their popularity remains undiminished. TV may be their newest home (although not as new as you might think), but it has reinvented and reimagined bloodsuckers to produce some of the most compelling genre shows ever made.
In this article we’re listing the best of the best vampire TV shows, right from the earliest efforts to the present day. It seems that every time someone declares that vampire shows should be left to rest in peace, they rise with renewed strength and vigour and sink their teeth into us once again. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
8. Dark Shadows
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- Grace Murray
Oliver Stone’s reputation precedes him. He’s known for being notoriously difficult to work with, antagonistic toward his actors (he once told Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, “You’re just not good at all, are you?”), and occasionally downright reckless (remember that whole James Woods and a gun incident?). His directing debut, which he also cowrote, contains an appropriate amount of on-screen and offscreen menace. The 1974 film Seizure, about a horror novelist’s recurring nightmare that shockingly comes true, is a nice slice of cult weirdness. The cast is equally entertaining. Where else can you find Dark Shadows’ Jonathan Frid, Bond and Hammer Films hottie Martine Beswick, Fantasy...
- Alison Nastasi
Did you know Oliver Stone's first movie was a 1974 horror quickie called “Seizure”? Probably not, especially given that he doesn't want you to know that (hell, even we skipped over it in our retrospective of the director in 2012) . The official story is that Stone got famous writing screenplays in the late 70s and early 80s — “Midnight Express,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Scarface” — but he made “Seizure” and 1981's “The Hand” (with Michael Caine!) first. He wasn't exactly proud of the work, though, and though it did come out on VHS, “Seizure” has never had a DVD release: Stone has bought the rights to ensure it never happens. But thanks to the interwebs, you can still get a (blurry) look at the whole thing. The film “stars” Jonathan Frid (who played Barnabas Collins, in the original TV run of “Dark Shadows”), Martine Beswick (famous for “catfight” scenes in both “One Million Years BC” with Raquel Welch, »
- Ben Brock
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