14 items from 2013
The role of women in horror films has always been a hot topic for debate. Some critics argue that horror films marginalize women and paint them as hypersexual beings with no depth. The opposing argument asserts that the existence of a "Final Girl" in most horror films is a testament to female empowerment, and that horror features celebrate women and their role in the cinematic universe. There is merit to both sides of the argument, but rather than debate the issue, we are spotlighting some standout female characters in genre film. These are characters that have stood out to us and proved to be as strong or stronger than their male counterparts. These are characters that challenged some of the stereotypes associated with women in film. We featured ten of our favorites in September, but due to popular demand, we are bringing you a second installment. You can check out part one here. »
- Tyler Doupe
After Pinhead's old adversary Kristy (Ashley Laurence) and her husband Trevor (Dean Winters) are involved in a freak car accident, she is assumed dead while he seems to be suffering from head injuries that leave him with bizarrely sexual hallucinations. When he tries to make sense of the tragedy - and what happened to his wife - old nail bonce comes back to blow his mind. »
Any horror fan who grew up in the Eighties who's worth his or her salt has fond memories of the 1988 series "Monsters." For many years it played opposite "Tales from the Darkside" in syndication, and now, thanks to eOne, it's finally coming home.
The 9-disc set is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released next year on February 25th for an Msrp of $69.99.
The show featured performances from Lili Taylor, Steve Buscemi, Pam Grier, John Saxon, Debbie Harry, Tony Shalhoub, Adrienne Barbeau, Gina Gershon, Ashley Laurence, Jerry Stiller, Mary Woronov, Darren McGavin, Laraine Newman, Frank Gorshin, and even Meat Loaf. Look for more as we get it including full specs and artwork.
Horror anthology series from the executive producer of Tales from the Darkside featuring, as the title suggests, monsters of all varieties and every shape and size – ranging from the gruesome and grotesque to weapon-wielding, »
- Uncle Creepy
Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com
Directed By: Rick Bota
Starring: Dean Winters (Trevor Gooden), Ashley Laurence (Kirsty Cotton Gooden), William Taylor (Detective Lange), Michael Rogers (Detective Givens), Doug Bradley (Pinhead/Merchant), Rachel Hayward (Dr. Allison Dormer), Trevor White (Bret), Sarah-Jane Redmond (Gwen Stevens), Jody Thompson (Tawny), Kaaren de Zilva (Sage),
After how much I loved the last sequel, I had high expectations for this one. Upon reading up on it, I assumed it would be similar in style to the prior sequel and it did indeed follow a similar format that is more psychological in nature. I wound up liking this one as well though not as much as “Inferno.” Sadly, just like “Inferno”, this movie was also released straight to video and was not given a theatrical release.
The movie begins with Trevor Gooden married to Kirsty Cotton, from the first three “Hellraiser” movies. »
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
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- Uncle Creepy
It’s a well-known fact that many motion picture studios are fond of milking a cash cow until it is dried up and keeled over. Perhaps more so than any other film genre, horror sequels have a tendency to deteriorate to the point of almost unwatchable direct-to-dvd nonsense. The inverse can also occasionally be true: studios leave money on the table instead of making a much demanded sequel to a franchise that still has life and potential left in it.
We believe that just because a franchise has seemingly dried up or deteriorated to the point of churning out a barrage of unwatchable sequels, that does not mean that a series that once showed great promise and potential cannot be revived with a creative script and a director with a unique vision for how to resurrect a dying franchise. The same goes for a series that has been abandoned by »
- Tyler Doupe
Jug Face was just released to theaters and we were given the opportunity to have actress Lauren Ashley Carter take part in our latest Q&A feature to talk about her role in the movie. Aside from discussing her favorite on-set memory and other Jug Face details, she also talks about her love of horror movies and what’s next:
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell us how you became involved with Jug Face? Was it something you heard about and auditioned for or did they reach out to you specifically for this part?
Lauren Ashley Carter: Thanks for having me! Andrew Van Den Houten and I have worked together previously on two films, Rising Stars and The Woman. He asked me to read the script and tell him what I thought. I called him after I finished and told him I really liked it. »
- Jonathan James
Last week we took a look at 14 commercials featuring appearances from actors we horror fans are all familiar with... including Bruce Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Anthony Perkins. Thanks to some more digging, and a few helpful tips from you readers, we present to you nine more TV ads featuring some of the genre's most familiar faces... Betsy Palmer (Lux Dishwashing Soap) 1972 Lux Dishwashing Soap with Betsy Palmer Who better to give you dishwashing tips than one of horror cinema's greatest mothers: Mrs. Voorhees herself, Betsy Palmer. Nearly a decade before taking the acting job for Friday the 13th that would forever cement her status as a true horror icon, Palmer appeared in this commercial for Lux brand dish soap. My my, what smooth hands you have, Mrs. Voorhees! Dick Wieand (Advair) Dick Wieand in Advair Commercial Speaking of Friday The 13th... you probably saw this commercial on TV recently »
- John Squires
Regardless of the abundance of male directors in horror, this genre pretty much belongs to the fairer sex. Think about it – how many time have we watched a film where the majority of men are drooling, sex obsessed morons who spend the best part of the story inebriated or getting violently disposed of by a maniac who often bears the Y chromosome? Whoever said women in horror were just limited to suffering and killing the big bad beastie at the end of yet another formulaic teenie kill flick, are clearly not looking hard enough but that said, the best of the female villains often miss out of the kudos they rightly deserve. This is our brief run-down of just a small gathering some of the greats . (Warning: Spoilers!)
“They're all gonna laugh at you!”
Poor Carrie White never stood a chance. Knocking door to »
- Aaron Williams
With the recent Blu-ray release of Lightning Bug from Image Entertainment, I had a chance to talk with star Ashley Laurence and director Robert Hall. You may know Robert Hall from his effects work or Laid to Rest movies, but his first directorial effort was Lightning Bug in 2004 and it’s not what most people would have expected from him. During our interview time, I talked to him about going with a drama over an effects-heavy movie, revisiting the movie after all these years, and what projects he’s planning to direct in the future.
I know that Lightning Bug is a personal story for you and based on some of your past experiences. Can you tell me a bit about your time growing up in Alabama and how the story eventually evolved into Lightning Bug?
Robert Hall: I moved there when I was nine and I felt like a fish out of water. »
- Jonathan James
Based, supposedly, in large part on the life of its writer and director Robert Hall, Lightning Bug is an odd mix of eclectic elements that comes together in a lumpy mass that’s at some moments fascinating in its small town drama and at others over the top in its acting and writing. It’s as if it can’t decide if it wants to be a down-to-Earth story about an young man attempting to break free of his dismal home life or a hokey love story with horror elements that pay too earnest an homage to stereotypical caricatures. Were it not for Bret Harrison, Laura Prepon, and Ashley Laurence at its center, Lightning Bug would have been smushed into a glowing paste beneath the weight of its unnecessarily goofier elements.
- Lex Walker
Special F/X guru Robert Hall and actor Kevin Gage will be at Dark Delicacies tomorrow, January 16th, signing Blu-ray copies of the film Lightning Bug, which was written and directed by Hall and stars Gage.
The signing is on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Dark Delicacies Bookstore at 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA.
From the Press Release
Join award-winning special effects makeup wizard Robert Hall and star Kevin Gage on Wednesday evening, January 16th, at Burbank’s famed Dark Delicacies bookstore to sign Blu-rays of Hall’s screenwriting and directorial debut feature Lightning Bug, premiering in the high-def format from Image Entertainment.
After wowing genre and mainstream audiences and fans during its initial DVD release, Image Entertainment is releasing Lightning Bug for the very first time on Blu-ray January 15th in an all-new, never-before-seen extended cut. The screenwriting and directorial debut of award-winning special makeup effects wizard Robert Hall (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer, »
- Doctor Gash
Robert Hall’s Lightning Bug is now available on Blu-ray, and I had a chance to talk with Hellraiser‘s Ashley Laurence earlier today about her role in the movie. Continue reading to learn about her interest in taking on the part, her love of painting, and the issue some people have with her Geico commercial:
I just recently had a chance to watch the Blu-ray version of Lightning Bug and really enjoyed your performance in it. How did you first meet up with Robert Hall and why was Lightning Bug a movie you wanted to be involved in?
Ashley Laurence: I met Robert working on a horror film in Ireland, and we bonded creatively over some of the aspects in that film. We became friends and he told me he was writing a story that was semi-autobiographical. I was supportive of him and he wanted me to be a part of it. »
- Jonathan James
One of our favorite coming of age horror flicks, Lightning Bug (review here), is getting set to make its high definition debut, and we have all the info on the release right here for you to chew on. Check it out!
From the Press Release
After wowing genre and mainstream audiences and fans during its initial DVD release, Image Entertainment will release Lightning Bug for the very first time on Blu-ray January 15th, which will also include an all-new, never-before-seen Extended Cut. The award-winning independent film stars Bret Harrison (“Reaper,” “Grounded For Life,” “The O.C.”), Laura Prepon (“That 70’s Show”) and a skillful supporting cast in a coming-of-age story set against an ultra-conservative and often bizarre hamlet in the rural South. Lightning Bug will be available for the Srp of $17.97.
- Uncle Creepy
14 items from 2013