Film Review: ‘Cold Moon’

Film Review: ‘Cold Moon’
An eccentric mix of veteran actors, Southern Gothicism and neo-noir lends “Cold Moon” a certain charm as a ghostly revenge thriller. This handsome-looking potboiler is well-crafted on various planes, even if telepic and direct-to-video helmer Griff Furst’s mostly game-upping latest feature is also occasionally at tonal odds with the screenplay’s campier “Creepshow”-type horror aspects. Nonetheless, as guilty pleasures go, this one rates a solid B.

Orphaned Jerry Larkin (Chester Rushing) is a sober-minded youth attentive to the financial plight of grandmother Evelyn (Candy Clark) and their family’s Florida blueberry farm — in contrast to high-spirited sister Margaret (Sara Catherine Bellamy). Galavanting around on her bicycle long past when she’s due home, Margaret is attacked by a mysterious, hearse-driving figure on her belated return. He throws her over a bridge, then leaps over himself to ensure she drowns. Afterward, a coroner discovers the 16-year-old was four months pregnant.

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Exclusive Interview with Josh Stewart on Cold Moon and Insidious: The Last Key

Cold Moon is a Southern Gothic chiller based on the bestselling novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by the late Michael McDowell, author of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. While the story is indeed quirky, it doesn’t feel like you’re watching… Continue Reading →

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‘Cold Moon’ Review

Stars: Josh Stewart, Christopher Lloyd, Robbie Kay, Candy Clark, Frank Whaley, Tommy Wiseau, Madison Wolfe, Laura Cayouette | Written and Directed by Griff Furst

In a sleepy southern town, the Larkin family suffers a terrible tragedy. Now the Larkin’s are about to endure another: Traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly visage prowls in the streets, and graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror . . . And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, almost human shape slowly takes form to seek a terrible vengeance.

At first glance Cold Moon looks like most other by the numbers horror/thrillers, with a cast of people you will recognize straight away but take a while to place where from. However give it a minute because this movie has some really stellar performances from the core cast which – considering the concept is just bonkers enough to take
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Horror Highlights: Creepy Co.’s Garbage Pail Kids Collectibles, The Survivalist Blu-ray / DVD, The Crucifixion, Cold Moon, Five Wild Animals

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Topps and Creepy Co. have teamed up to bring us Garbage Pail Kids puffy stickers, enamel pins, and pin-back buttons! The 'member berries sure do taste sweet! Also in today's Highlights: Blu-ray and DVD release details for The Survivalist, a look at the trailers for The Crucifixion and Cold Moon, and Five Wild Animals teaser posters.

Garbage Pail Kids Collectibles Revealed: From Creepy Co.: “Topps® and Creepy Co.® partner to bring you collectible items that celebrate the sensational history of the premiere gross-out franchise that is Garbage Pail Kids.™

The inaugural release features 5 enamel pins, a 6-pack of pinback buttons, and a reproduction sticker sheet straight out of 1986!

Check back on Thursday night for the full release and look for even More items as this collection expands over the months ahead.”

To learn more, keep an eye on Creepy Co.'s official website.


The Survivalist Blu-ray
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Revisiting the film of Stephen King's Tales From The Darkside

Rebecca Lea Jul 10, 2017

Our lookback at the film adaptations and work of Stephen King arrives at Tales From The Darkside: The Movie...

Spoilers lie ahead.

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The film: In The Wraparound Story, Betty (Deborah Harry) is getting ready for a party by preparing poor little Timmy (Matthew Lawrence) as the meal. He tries to buy some time by telling her three stories; Lot 249 is a tale of college rivalries and resurrecting mummies; Cat From Hell features a wealthy old man taking out a hit on a black cat he believes to be evil, and finally Lover’s Vow, in which an artist witnesses a vicious murder, but the monster who committed
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Sliff 2016 Interview: Griff Furst – Director of Cold Moon

Director Griff Furst’s Cold Moon screens Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. Furst and Cold Moon screenwriter Jack Snyder will be in attendance. Ticket information can be found Here.

The supernatural crime thriller Cold Moon tells the story of Nathan Redfield (Josh Stewart), an arrogant man of great wealth who has either lost his mind or is being tormented by terrible forces beyond even the most paranoid of imaginings. In a sleepy Southern town, the Larkins have suffered a terrible tragedy, but the family is now about to face an even more grievous trial. As traffic lights blink an eerie warning, a ghostly apparition prowls the streets, and corpses erupt from the graves of the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror. And beneath the murky surface of the river, a shifting, vaguely human shape slowly takes form,
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Halloween 2016: 31 Great Horror Movies Available on Amazon Prime This October

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For those of you with Amazon Prime benefits, you may or may not have realized just how many great, free horror movies the site’s streaming service has to offer for members (something I sadly didn’t realize until late last year myself). I recently spent a few hours combing through their entire library and came up with this list of 31 horror movies (spanning several different sub-genres) that are sure to make for fun and fright-filled ways to get you ready for Halloween.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, three scouts and one badass cocktail waitress will fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Box office superstar Tom Cruise ("A Few Good Men," "The Firm") stars in the hotly anticipated adaptation of Anne Rice's gothic novel.
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Horror Channel FrightFest announces line-up for Halloween 2016 event

Horror Channel FrightFest has announced the line-up for its Halloween 2016 event at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square, as they unleash a six-pack of cracking horror over a 13-hour marathon which includes five UK premieres and the world premiere of Ross Noble’s directorial debut. Check out the full press release below…

First up is the UK premiere of Bed Of The Dead, a crowd-pleasingly ghoulish orgy of sex and gore where four swingers become stuck on a haunted double bed plagued by terrifying hallucinations. Next in the panic-stricken line-up is the UK Premiere of Don’T Hang Up where an evening of prank calls puts two millennials in deadly peril when one recipient decides to fight back. After that comes the UK Premiere of Cold Moon, a chilling tale of supernatural vengeance from the dark imagination of Michael McDowell, esteemed writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare before Christmas.
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Why Beetlejuice 2 has much to live up to

Plans are afoot for a sequel to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. But what made the original so special, and where might the sequel go?

Last week, an extremely cautious Winona Ryder confirmed on Late Night With Seth Myers that a sequel to Tim Burton's beloved 1988 haunted house comedy Beetlejuice was finally in the works. Ryder will be reprising her role as Lydia Deetz, with Burton back behind the megaphone and Michael Keaton, fresh from a career-resurrecting turn in Birdman (2014), again starring as 'the ghost with the most'.

Ryder's announcement was met with the inevitable woops and cheers from Myers' studio audience, but fans of Burton's breakthrough feature will be seeking reassurances that the forthcoming follow-up will remain true to the spirit of its predecessor.

For those who've never seen it, Beetlejuice tells the story of Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), a happily married couple living
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Horror Round-Up: The Body Trailer, Michael McDowell’s Cold Moon Over Babylon, Lucifer Lead Role Cast

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Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around, we have the first trailer for the short horror comedy film, The Body, starring Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, John Wick), an excerpt from Valancourt Books' special re-release of Michael McDowell's souther horror novel, Cold Moon Over Babylon (which is now being adapted for the big screen), and details on who will play the titular role for Fox and Warner Bros. TV's Lucifer pilot (based on the character from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman comic book series and its spin-off series, Lucifer).

The Body: "The Body is the story of a contract killer using the cover of Halloween to dispose of his latest victim. As he attempts to drag the dead man's body across London, his gear and body bag get mistaken for a costume, and he is talked into a attending a local Halloween party with a group of revellers.
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Horror Round-Up: Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray Bonus Features, Sharknado 3 Casting Update, Cold Moon Feature Film

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Welcome to another horror round-up! This time around we focus on Scream Factory’s upcoming Ghoulies/Ghoulies 2 double feature Blu-ray and the growing casts for Sharknado 3 and Cold Moon.

Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2: Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for their upcoming Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray, which hits shelves on April 21st (and is available two weeks prior by ordering from Shout! Factory):


Audio Commentary With Director/Co-writer Luca Bercovici New Interviews With Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Actor Michael Des Barres and Special Effects Makeup Artist John Vulich Original Theatrical Trailer

Ghoulies 2:

New Interviews With Executive Producer Charles Band, Actors Kerry Remsen and Donnie Jeffcoat, And Special Effects Artist Gino Crognale Rare Deleted Scenes Original Theatrical Trailer

Ghoulies: “Take a creepy old Hollywood mansion, a naive young man and a pretty girl. Add an over-the-top orgy and some slimy, winged goblins who crawl out of toilets,
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Josh Stewart, Christopher Lloyd Starring in ‘Cold Moon’

Josh Stewart, Christopher Lloyd Starring in ‘Cold Moon’
Josh Stewart and Christopher Lloyd are starring in the supernatural revenge drama “Cold Moon” with shooting starting later this month in Louisiana, Variety has learned exclusively.

Griff Furst directs from a script he wrote with Jack Snyder, based on the 1980 novel “Cold Moon Over Babylon” by Michael McDowell (“Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”).

Furst produces under his Curmudgeon Films banner. Pixel Magic is handling special effects.

“Cold Moon” also stars Robbie Kay, Candy Clark, Frank Whaley, Rachele Brooke Smith, Laura Cayouette and Sarah Catherine.

“Cold Moon” takes place in tiny Babylon, Fla., where the granddaughter of Clark’s character is murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River — the river where her parents disappeared from their boat a decade earlier. Suspicion falls on a duplicitous banker and his wealthy father, played by Stewart and Lloyd.

Stewart recently provided the voice of
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Original Beetlejuice writer on Beetlejuice 2

"It may be the Fu money that we all dream about", says Beetlejuice co-writer and co-producer Larry Wilson on Beetlejuice 2...

Head back to the late 1980s, and Larry Wilson was on his way to becoming a studio executive. He was working as director of development for Walter Hill at the time, but he had an itch to write. And, teaming up with Michael McDowell, the pair penned Beetlejuice, sold it to The Geffen Company, who in turn got Tim Burton interested.

Larry Wilson recalled this in a chat with us, remembering that he'd beforehand given the script to an executive at Universal, who went on to ask him "why are you going to squander [your career] for this piece of shit?". Wilson had the last laugh there.

Beetlejuice 2 has been gathering momentum of late, with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg working on a screenplay. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton are both mooted to return.
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Larry Wilson interview: Cindy, Beetlejuice, sequels, Aliens

Writer and producer Larry Wilson tells us about Cindy, Aliens, Young Sherlock Holmes and Beetlejuice. Plus: his thoughts on Beetlejuice 2...

Larry Wilson is a man who's had more than one life, it seems. Originally a writer, he then moved to development and the world of studio executives. And then? He moved back to writing, with Beetlejuice, which he also co-produced.

Here, he chats to us about his new webseries Cindy, as well as taking us back to the days of Beetlejuice, of bringing James Cameron to Aliens, and how Young Sherlock Holmes - a film based on his idea - was a disappointment to him.

Oh, and there's that Beetlejuice sequel too...

Let's start with what you're up to now, your webseries Cindy. I understand you pitched it originally to Nickelodeon, but it sounds like a show that's been swimming in your head for a while now. Can you tell us a bit about it?
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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from The Elementals

Michael McDowell is probably best known for his screenplays for Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but his earlier horror novels are now being rediscovered as masterpieces of Southern Gothic fiction. Both The Elementals and McDowell’s first novel, The Amulet, are now available as paperbacks and e-books from Valancourt Books and they’ve provided us with the prologue from The Elementals:

“After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait. Something that has terrified Dauphin Savage and
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High Point boards McGuigan biopic

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Boxing drama depicts the falling out between Barry McGuigan and his manager Barney Eastwood in the 1980s.

UK sales outfit High Point’s Cannes slate includes new boxing drama Thank You Very Much Mr Eastwood, depicting the falling out between world boxing champion Barry McGuigan and his larger than life manager Barney Eastwood in the 1980s.

Currently casting, the film will be directed by Michael McDowell and produced by Damon Quinn of Belfast based Hole in the Wall Gang and Ronald de Neef for Starline Entertainment.

High Point’s slate also includes Drown, Dean Francis’s portrayal of homophobia in the macho environs of a Sydney based lifesaver club, and rom-com Heart Street.
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Valancourt Books' Ryan Cagle on Re-Releasing Classic and Modern Out of Print Horror Stories

Tuesdays are when new books are typically released, and horror fans usually don’t have too much trouble finding something to read. There is Amazon of course and publishers like Samhain and Cemetery Dance…

We also boast authors ranging from "The King" himself to Dan Simmons, Robert McCammon, the late Thomas Tryon, Tim Curran, Aussies Stephen Irwin, Brett McBean, and Aaron Dries as well as Brits such as David Moody, anthologist Stephen Jones, and Mark Morris, to name just a very few.

But what if you long for the paperback originals which seemed to flood bookstores back in the 80s or want to read even earlier horror that is long out of print? What to do? Well, you turn to Valancourt Books to assuage those yearnings. And we recently spoke with Ryan Cagle, one half of the publishing team that brings those long unavailable titles to life for readers to enjoy again,
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10 More Pilots to be Released on Amazon

Amazon has announced its second slew of pilots set for the “trial-by-viewer” model that will determine if shows get picked up for a full season. The media giant will be releasing five adult dramas and comedies alongside five children’s shows for free on Amazon Instant Video. Among the comedies is “Mozart in the Jungle,” a collaboration between “The Grand Budapest Hotel” actor Jason Schwartzman, writer-director Roman Coppola, and writer-director Alex Timbers. Based on the book by Blair Tindall, the series stars Michael McDowell as a veteran conductor and Gael García Bernal (“The Science of Sleep,” “Y Tu Mamá También”) as the new conductor of the New York Symphony who drives him out. Other comedies on the roster include “The Rebels,” about an ex-cheerleader played by Natalie Zea (“Justified”) who inherits a fictional pro-football team after her husband dies, and “Transparent,” another dysfunctional family series starring “Arrested Development’s” Jeffrey Tambor.
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Tribeca 2013: Beetlejuice Drive-In

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival featured a wide variety of films to choose from, including a look back at some of the most memorable films every person should know.

As part of the Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca Drive In events, people were able to attend free screenings of several movies with pre-festival activities to participate in as well. At the Brookfield Place by the World Trade Center in New York City, people were delighted to see The Birds from Alfred Hitchcock, Beetlejuice from Tim Burton and the premiere of Lil Bub & Friendz.

While the screening of the films took place at 8:15 pm, guests who came early were surprised with fun activities like face painting, making balloon animals, and more. The guests were invited to try on their best Beetlejuice impressions and win awesome prizes, like movie stills signed by Time Burton or even just a DVD of the film.

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TV Review: Tales from the Crypt 1×05 – “Lover Come Hack to Me”

‘Lover Come Hack to Me’ was another episode I’d only seen once upon a time, long ago. It was compiled in a VHS set that I’d found at a local Mom and Pop video store, tucked way back in the Horror section. I remember watching it when I was younger, perhaps maybe too young given the things I’ve seen in my recent re-visit, but hey, it was Tales from the Crypt. And you can’t certainly blame a tiger for its stripes. In the original viewing, I guess I didn’t remember the lethal twist that comes in the third act. Perhaps it could be a fuzzy memory on that element, but this ending stands so sharply, so sneakily compared to last week’s episode, it just gels better with the episode overall. This episode is more of a Gothic horror episode than recent episodes. I mean,
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