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The idea of directors as perfectionists isn't new by any standard, but in today's terms it seems David Fincher is often cited as the perfectionist director most guilty of several takes. Even recently a Missouri newspaper quoted Fincher's Gone Girl producer Cean Chaffin saying Fincher was averaging something like 50 takes per scene. Of course you also have the Guinness Book of World Records saying it took Stanley Kubrick 127 takes to get the scene where Shelley Duvall swings a bat at Jack Nicholson just right in The Shining, of course the factual reality of that is in question as it's said a two-shot scene between Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers took 140 takes. Then you have the likes of Akira Kurosawa's perfectionism and Jackie Chan's multiple takes due to a lot of stunt work and countless others. However, when it comes to a lot of takes nothing beats the »
- Brad Brevet
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
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In honor of Halloween being just around the corner, 8-Bit Cinema has released their latest trailer. This one renders the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece The Shining in classic 8-Bit arcade style action. Imagine if you could take a hold of Jack and unleash his violent abuse on wife Wendy and kid Danny. Come play with The Shining forever and ever. Redrum!
The Shining was released May 23rd, 1980 and stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson, Philip Stone, Joe Turkel, Anne Jackson. The film is directed by Stanley Kubrick. »
Taking on a classic is a gutsy move, even for an award-winning filmmaker. And when director Kimberly Peirce signed on to re-imagine Stephen King's horror classic "Carrie," about a teenage girl with telekinetic powers hellbent on revenge, she knew she had some sky-high expectations to meet.
"I'd make a joke and say, 'I didn't give a f*ck,' but of course I felt pressure!" she told us recently while doing press for "Carrie." "But I think pressure is good."
All that pressure had Peirce thinking long and hard about what it would mean to sign on to a project of this scale, with its history and existing fan base. Having made just one film, 2008's "Stop-Loss," since her 1999 directorial debut, "Boys Don't Cry," it's clear, as a filmmaker, she doesn't make decisions lightly.
"I walked into this feeling a huge responsibility, much like I did with 'Boys Don't Cry »
- Tim Hayne
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Peter Bradshaw on horror
Horror crashes through boundaries and challenges the prohibitions of taste and thinkability in a way few other genres can match. Classics of the genre were produced in cinema's very earliest days – the vampire nightmare Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr Caligari from the world of German Expressionism.
Later, Universal Pictures had smash hits with iconic versions of Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein. Roger Corman's movies would demonstrate the sheer trashy power of horror, and Hitchcock tapped into this B-picture aesthetic with his own low-budget masterpiece, Psycho, which popularised the psychological horror film, taking the genre away from its supernatural roots – although William Friedkin's masterpiece, The Exorcist, took it right back there again. »
Dan Lloyd can walk down the street in his Kentucky town these days, and no one says boo. "I lead a pretty normal life now," Lloyd tells New York's Daily News. "People don't recognize me when I go out in public." That's a big change from 1980, when Lloyd's adorably terrified face became known to millions after he played Danny Torrance, the son of Jack Nicholson, in director Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. The Danny Torrance character is now back in Stephen King's new novel, Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining - leading many to wonder whatever happened to Lloyd. »
- Tim Nudd
The horror is driving him crazy
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Plot: Taking the job of caretaker at an isolated hotel, author Jack, his son Danny and wife Wendy soon begin to feel an evil and spiritual force that could tear them apart. Or even worse, see an old bird naked!
The story of The Shining is legendary: over a year of principal photography, daily script rewrites, and Kubrick driving Shelley Duvall insane. From the sounds of it, making the movie was almost as scary as watching it… well not quite. The fear conjured up by Kubrick’s camera and the cast’s performances are impossible to forget. Also, the final 20 minutes are the most consistently scary ever committed to celluloid. It builds relentlessly as Jack torments his wife and child – poor Wendy (Duvall) spends nearly the whole time screaming, crying, or saying ‘No’, whilst Danny is silent, »
- Sam Carey
Chicago – For a good portion of its running time, Scott Stewart’s sci-fi spookfest “Dark Skies” flirts with the possibility of becoming an effective thriller. There are a handful of sequences fraught with palpable tension, yet it becomes apparent around the halfway mark that the filmmakers don’t have an original idea in their heads. There’s nothing here that hasn’t been done better in countless other pictures.
This is essentially “Paranormal Activity” with aliens imported in from M. Night Shyamalan’s “Signs.” There are also shafts of Spielbergian light courtesy of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” and eerie hallways with wallpaper borrowed from the Overlook Hotel. The extent to which this film plagiarizes familiar hits is flat-out maddening. When the nails in a boarded up window start unscrewing themselves, prompting a petrified father to shout, “Leave us alone!” it’s impossible for film buffs to not immediately »
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We’ve known for some time now that Warner Bros. has been planning a sort-of-but-not-quite prequel to the 1980 classic The Shining named The Overlook Hotel. And now Deadline are reporting that former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara has been hired to write the script.
Little is known about the project, but we do know that The Overlook Hotel is not connected to Stephen King’s own Shining sequel novel Doctor Sleep, which is set for release in September.
The Shining was directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1980 starring Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, a father who is influenced by the spirits of The Overlook Hotel into violence against his wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and his son Danny »
We first reported on this project back in July, when Warner Bros. was in the very early stages of developing a prequel, set before Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) and his family moved into the forboding hotel. No story details have been given at this point, but there are elements of Stephen King's original novel that delved into the history of The Overbrook, which weren't used in director Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic.
Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island), James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and Brad Fischer (Black Swan) are producing through their Mythology Entertainment company. No production schedule has been given at this time.
Chicago – Every film buff remembers the first time they laid eyes on director Stanley Kubrick’s memorable horror classic, “The Shining.” In the film, Scatman Crothers’ character warns young Danny, “There ain’t nothing in Room 237…so stay out.” Filmmaker Rodney Ascher has ignored that warning in his documentary, “Room 237,” and takes us inside one of the most analyzed films in cinema history.
“Room 237” in the film “The Shining” is that room in the Overlook Hotel where everything seemed to happen, and the documentary takes the same approach in revisiting the film. Director Ascher has gathered some of most interesting theories regarding the messages that director Stanley Kubrick hid behind the strange narrative of a scary hotel, the breakdown of a writer and a little boy who can see the evil there. With the digital age – including the ability to stop a film frame-by-frame on a »
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Chicago – The mystery of Stanley Kubrick is one of his great attributes. He directed a scant 12 major films in a forty year career, each with its own genre-busting stamp. His work has inspired an overall passion for films, numerous analytical studies and a new documentary about the theories behind his 1980 masterpiece, “The Shining.” Rodney Ascher directs this strange and compelling film, “Room 237.”
“Room 237” highlights both the theories of interpretation regarding “The Shining,” and the obsessive nature of film buffs and human beings in general. We are all blessed with a perspective based on our experiences, and “Room 237” (which is the room number in the film’s Overlook Hotel that no one should go into) celebrates those perspectives, by indicating how far we can crawl inside a work of art – to dissect the meaning and what that meaning can tell us. “The Shining,” besides being a spectacularly crafted 1980 “horror” film, »
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In Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic The Shining, Scatman Crothers’ chef Hallorann warns Danny Lloyd’s Danny to stay the hell away from room 237 of the Overlook Hotel — which turns out to excellent, if ignored, advice. But while room 237 is to be avoided, the new documentary Room 237 is a must-see, one which EW’s Owen Gleiberman has described as a “mesmerizing pop-art document.” The work of first-time director Rodney Ascher, the film showcases the theories of five obsessive Shining fans as to what Kubrick really intended with his Stephen King adaptation and features footage from both that snowy chiller and many others. »
- Clark Collis
We're not into giving out spoilers, but in the upcoming new psychological horror film "Stoker" by "Oldboy" director Chan-wook Park, a certain character not only doesn't make it out alive, their only purpose in the film seemed to be ... to die.
Looks like someone just had a red shirt moment.
"Red shirt," of course, refers the the classic "Star Trek" habit of having random Enterprise crew members — inevitably wearing a blood red uniform — accompany Spock and Kirk on a dangerous mission, only to die terribly while the main characters get away without a scratch.
So in honor of "Stoker," here's a look at some of our favorite red shirts in film history. Because if someone has to die, it might as well be someone we don't care at all about. Caution: Non-"Stoker" spoilers ahead!
Marvin in "Pulp Fiction"
As someone once famously said, "Aw, man, I shot Marvin in the face! »
- Scott Harris
Director: Andres Muschietti.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Synopsis: Annabel (Jessica Chastain) and her boyfriend Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) suddenly find themselves caring for his two nieces, who were found living in a cabin in the woods after a five-year disappearance. Practically feral, the girls rely on an imaginary carer they call Mama.
‘Mama, I love you. Mama, I care,’ crooned the Spice Girls. If only we could say the same about the latest horror from the house of Del Toro (mainly so we could get on the posters). Alas, the best we can sing is ‘Mama, I thought you were alright. Mama, I wish you hadn’t gone all CG at the end.’ The rhyming scheme is awkward.
The feature debut of writer/director Andres Muschietti is something of a mixed bag, which is at points inventive, clichéd, truly frightening, unintentionally funny, »
- John Sharp
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