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Directed by James Whale
Written by William Hurlbut et al.
For the people who take aim at the Hollywood system for its near-constant dependency on producing sequels, prequels and remakes, they should be reminded that the studio system has engaged in such a practice essentially since its inception. While it is true that fewer sequels existed in the earlier decades of the movie making business, they did happen when a film was met with significant box office success. In fact, more to the point, sequels were made in the same mindset as they are today, bigger is better, proving that things really have not change so dramatically in the past 100 years of movie making when it comes to studios reacting to the success of one of their products.
- Edgar Chaput
Herbert Lom, the Czech-born actor best known as Inspector Clouseau’s long-suffering boss in the Pink Panther movies, died Thursday, his son said. He was 95. Alec Lom said his father died peacefully in his sleep.
Herbert Lom had a handsomely lugubrious look that was suited to comedy, horror and everything in between. It served him well over a six-decade career in which roles ranged from Napoleon Bonaparte — whom he played twice — to the Phantom of the Opera.
- Associated Press
Alfred Hitchcock The Birds, The Invisible Man, Tarantula Academy Screenings As part of the year-long celebration of Universal Pictures’ centenary, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Universal’s Legacy of Horror," a month-long series of screenings of classic horror films in October — right in time for Halloween. (Image: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds poster.) "Universal’s Legacy of Horror" kicks off on Tuesday, October 2, with The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), in which Valerie Hobson (not Elsa Lanchester) has the title role, and Dracula (1931), which turned Bela Lugosi into a horror movie icon. Most of the screenings will be held at [...] »
- Andre Soares
We've updated our Film4 Fright Fest line-up story with tons of images. Read on to see what you may have missed and what's brand spanking new! Dig it!
Programme - Screen 1
Thursday Aug 23
Opening Film - The Seasoning House (World Premiere)
Special make-up prosthetics and splatter genius Paul Hyett makes his directorial debut with a harrowing exploration into tense claustrophobia, hard-hitting action and rollercoaster suspense. In a Balkan brothel, where girls kidnapped by soldiers in war-torn zones are prostituted to the military and civilians alike, Angel (Robin Day) is the deaf mute orphan enslaved to care for the inmates. But unbeknownst to her captors, she moves between the walls and crawlspaces of the seasoning house planning her escape. Psychological horror in the nerve-shredding Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski style but with an ultra-modern twist.
89 mins Director: Paul Hyett UK 2012
Sean Pertwee – Goran
Kevin Howarth – Viktor
- Uncle Creepy
Universal will mark its 100th anniversary in 2012, and will commemorate its centennial with a yearlong celebration honoring the studio's rich film history and cultural legacy. The campaign draws its inspiration from Universal's extraordinary and diverse library of films, many of which will be highlighted throughout the year, and is designed to engage fans of all ages in the art of moviemaking.
A significant element of the centennial includes the extensive restoration of 13 of the studio's most beloved titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Jaws, The Sting, Out of Africa, Frankenstein and Schindler's List.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment will kick off the celebration in January with a special 50th anniversary release of To Kill a Mockingbird, debuting on Blu-ray for the first time ever. Throughout the year, Universal will pay tribute to other influential films in the Universal library with special events and Blu-ray »
5 items from 2012
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