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Ron Hogan Sep 27, 2017
The latest American Horror Story: Cult episode has brutality, restraint and is moving in a clear direction. Spoilers ahead in our review...
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Kai Anderson is a master manipulator. Since well before the Presidential election that kicked off the drama of Cult, he's been collecting followers a person, a piece at a time. Every person Kai has collected within his little group of followers has come via a different method. For each one, he's managed to figure out just how to reach out to them by painstakingly researching them, both online and face to face, and tailoring his argument to that individual.
Granted, Kai's general patter is roughly the same. He's all about turning fear and anger into power. He makes himself into whatever the person he's speaking to needs when they need him. »
You can’t remake Herschell Gordon Lewis without getting a whole lot of blood on your hands, and the forthcoming new take on 1963’s Blood Feast (read our review) is indeed going to be dripping with copious amounts of the red stuff; our own Chris Coffel called it “a delicious splatter fest that will have horror hounds […] »
- John Squires
The last few years have hit horror fans nearly as hard as they’ve hit comedy ones. First was A Nightmare on Elm Street director Wes Craven’s unexpected death in 2015. Then came splatter icon Herschell Gordon Lewis, the “Godfather of Gore,” in 2016. Just last month, Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero – who single-handedly brought zombies to the forefront of popular culture – after an aggressive bout of lung cancer. Now another horror icon has left us. Tobe Hooper, best known for breathing life into the iconic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, has died of natural causes at
- Brian Hadsell
For centuries, man has suffered the indignity of sharknados, or storms full of sharks, occurring all around the planet. At least, that’s the dumb Transformers-level mythos being peddled by the trailer for Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, coming soon to a channel enough of you are apparently leaving on during these things to encourage Syfy to keep making them. What began as an ironically entertaining exercise in straight-faced silliness has devolved into a pandering slog of product placement, pointless cameos, and a sugar rush of ideas so poorly thought out, Herschell Gordon Lewis would go, “Hey, fellas, this needs a rewrite.” The last one sucked so bad, it couldn’t even be bothered to explain why we should suddenly give a shit about the extended family of Ian Ziering’s Finley Shepard. When a cameo by Carrot Top as an Uber driver is one of the better parts of »
- Alex McLevy
George A. Romero rarely had it easy. From the beginning, he faced obstacles to getting his vision on screen and condemnation once he succeeded in doing so. It took him 20 years to make his way into the big leagues, yet faced frustrating interference once he did. Yet today, the work endures. He never abandoned his vision, even when it prevented him from having an easier time of the process, and his movies, once attacked as grotesque exploitation, are now properly celebrated as landmarks of cinematic horror.
Indeed, Romero not invented more than a new and enduring kind of zombie movie when he directed “Night of the Living Dead” 50 years ago; in many ways, he invented independent horror cinema as we know it. There had been lots of off-Hollywood fright films before “Night” hit screens in 1968, of course—even some showcasing graphic if cheaply executed gore, like the Herschell Gordon Lewis flicks. »
- Michael Gingold
On the bonus features of the new Scream Factory Blu-ray, the legendary writer/director says that it is. And who am I to disagree? While I think Hairspray is still his most commercially accessible film—there’s a reason it was turned into a hit broadway musical, then adapted for both the big and small screen—Serial Mom is, like Brian De Palma’s adaptation of The Untouchables, a brilliant marriage of a commercial aesthetic and the filmmaker’s true voice. It’s a movie that can appeal to everyone while still being very much a John Waters movie, and for that alone it must be considered a huge success.
Kathleen Turner plays Beverly Sutphin, an idealized 1950s-style housewife with the perfect American family: her husband (Sam Waterston) is a successful dentist and her two teenage kids (Matthew Lillard and Ricki Lake) are happy and well-adjusted. »
- Patrick Bromley
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Check out this cool poster for Seed 2 director Marcel Walz’s forthcoming remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast, which stars genre veterans Robert Rusler (Nightmare on Elm St. 2), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6), and Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red).
Blood Feast will make its Us debut on June 23rd.
Fuad Ramses (Robert Rusler – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Vamp, Tales of Halloween) and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he is repeatedly drawn to a statue representing the seductive ancient goddess Ishtar. He becomes more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually he succumbs to her deadly charms. »
- Phil Wheat
"The movie about movie posters" is finally hitting home release! The beautifully shot documentary 24x36 is now available on VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD. Also: release details for Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania and 7 Witches.
24x36 VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD Release: 24x36 is now available on VOD and on Blu-ray and DVD.
"24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters" is a documentary that explores the world of illustrated movie poster art; the artists who create it, companies and studios that commission it, galleries that display it and collectors and fans who hang it.
Through interviews with a number of key art personalities from the '70s and '80s, as well as many modern, alternative poster artists – "24x36" aims to answer the question – What happened to the illustrated movie poster? Where did it disappear to and why?
In the mid-2000s, filling the void left behind by Hollywood’s abandonment of illustrated movie posters, »
- Tamika Jones
Ahead of its Us release next month, a new poster has debuted for Marcel Walz’s upcoming remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1963 splatter horror Blood Feast which stars Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams, Sadie Katz, and Sophie Monk; take a look below…
“Fuad Ramses (Robert Rusler – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, Vamp, Tales of Halloween) and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he is repeatedly drawn to a statue representing the seductive ancient goddess Ishtar. He becomes more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually he succumbs to her deadly charms. After this pivotal night, Fuad begins a new life, in which murder and cannibalism become his daily bread. »
- Amie Cranswick
Amazon Prime Set To Debut Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Horror Anthology BloodMania Diabolique Films and Hgb Entertainment Ltd. reveal that legendary horror director Herschell Gordon Lewis‘ last film BloodMania will premiere on Amazon Prime. Although the director tragically passed away at the age of 90 this past September, he left behind a massive body of [...]
Continue reading: Bloodmania (2017): Amazon To Release Horror Anthology Film »
- Reggie Peralta
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Let me break something down real quick. I justifiably catch a reputation as being someone who likes to like things. And that’s true. Whenever I have time to share movie talk with folks, I want to talk about the things I love. Because, for me, it’s just too darn easy to fall down a rabbit hole of negativity. When I stumble across something that thrills me, I want to share it. Even still, sometimes I’m a bit abashed when it comes to how enthusiastic I tend to be about things. This is especially true when I find a great new-to-me trash-cinema film. Over Easter Weekend, I got stuck on a “Blood” film kick. Don’t judge me. I like topical themes. Any road, that’s when I ran into Blood Diner. I had no idea this movie existed until I saw the poster flipping through movies on Shudder. When »
- William Dass
Comet TV has released their lineup of programming for April 2017, and your favorite or soon-to-be favorite movie just might be on the list! Also in today's Highlights: a new trailer for The Black Room, The Thing-Inspired print from Sleep Terror Clothing, Breakdown Lane release details, the La premiere of The Eyes, and the debut of the Zombie Lake soundtrack.
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- Tamika Jones
Author: Sean Wilson
As if last year’s nostalgia-infused sensation Stranger Things didn’t make it clear enough, the world is currently going mad for all things eighties. Not the big hair or the shellsuits, mind – rather woozy synthpop, blood-rich neon and anything related to the heyday of creepy body horror.
With Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s splattery new gorefest The Void out now, one that gleefully mashes up loving homages to H.P. Lovecraft John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and more, here are the essential throwback horror movies that you need to watch in preparation.
Writer/director Ti West is at the forefront of recent revival horror and this deliciously slow-burning spooker remains one of his best. Drawing on the ‘Satanic panic’ craze that swept America during the eighties, it’s the unbearably suspenseful story of a young woman (Jocelin Donahue) whose babysitting job at a creaking, »
- Sean Wilson
From the opening of Multiple Maniacs when Mr. David introduces us to Lady Divine’s Cavalcade of Perversion are we being introduced to John Waters’ own perversion? And how long do we want to stay? Divine’s entrance is as an engorged Elizabeth Taylor bathed in shimmering white light furthering the early mystique of Divine and her Cavacade. From robbing to rosaries, movie posters to murder John Waters is “performing acts” as we have truly entered Waters’ World.
“Produced, directed, written, filmed, and edited by John Waters” – auteur: check. Multiple Maniacs is not a high-budget film and was certainly never screened before the hours of midnight in the 1970’s. Waters made the film for $5000 borrowed from his father also borrowing the land surrounding their house to set the film. During the making of his first film, Mondo Trasho, he was arrested by the police so the early scenes of Multiple Maniacs »
- Mark Hurne
Diabolique Films and Hgb Entertainment Limited have announced a worldwide distribution deal with Monarch Films Inc. for the upcoming horror anthology Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania, the final film by the late Godfather of Gore.
“I am very excited to add Mr. Lewis’ final film to the quality package of new films we will be premiering at Mip 2017,” said Art Skopinsky of Monarch Films. “We have already heard from many of our key TV and DVD buyers worldwide expressing their interest in licensing BloodMania for their territories. We will be making BloodMania available to horror fans worldwide via Amazon Prime and dozens of additional streaming platforms later this spring.”
“It is extremely gratifying to work with Monarch Films to bring Herschell’s final film to his loyal international fan base, and to introduce his work to a whole new generation of horror fans,” added James Saito of Diabolique Films and Hgb Entertainment. »
- Gary Collinson
Candy corn, the staple of the Halloween season, is now the name of a new horror movie? What a match made in heaven! Directed by Josh Hasty, Candy Corn's crowdfunding campaign and official poster are at the top of today's Highlights. Also: The Evil Within DVD release details, Bloodmania's worldwide distribution deal, a clip from the new episode of TLC's Paranormal Lockdown, and trailers for Phoenix Forgotten and The Last Scout.
Candy Corn's Indiegogo Campaign and Poster: Press Release: "Cleveland, Oh - March 1, 2017- Buzz has been growing rapidly around the new indie film, Candy Corn, from Josh Hasty (Director, In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn) and Butch Von Dreaux (Butchovision). The film, which stars Pancho Moler (Rob Zombie’s 31), has gained so much interest from fans that Hasty and Von Dreaux have decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to get the fans involved. The 31-day campaign, which launched at midnight, »
- Tamika Jones
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We are only a few short months away from the 12th annual Texas Frightmare Weekend horror convention in Dallas, Texas. This is one of my favorite events of the year as they never fail to disappoint when it comes to guests, vendors, and film screenings. For 2017 they've added a brand new presenting sponsor in the kings of cult home video, Arrow Video. As if that weren't exciting enough, Arrow Video and Tfw are bringing cult filmmaker Frank Henenlotter along as a featured guest. Henenlotter is the director of films like Basket Case, Brain Damage, Frankenhooker, and many more. He's also made a slew of documentaries over the last decade covering topics like sexploitation films, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and his latest film currently in production,...
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Robert Englund and Freddy Krueger. Not since Bela Lugosi and Dracula have a character and an actor been so deeply linked. And I would venture to say that not even Lugosi’s Dracula achieved the level of mainstream popularity achieved by Englund’s Krueger. During the late ’80s, you couldn’t turn on the television, open a magazine, or even look at a damn lunchbox without seeing Freddy’s charred face plastered on it. But that scorched visage would be nothing without Englund’s personality at the core of the character. Englund’s ability to imbue Krueger with such malicious delight struck a note with the public that just can’t be replicated. Jackie Earle Haley is a fantastic actor and did some interesting things in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but I never really felt like I was watching Freddy Krueger.
This was in part due to the direction taken with the remake, »
- Bryan Christopher
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