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The Old Dark House — 1932

It’s a genuine Universal horror classic that to my knowledge has never been available in a decent presentation — but The Cohen Group has come through with a nigh-perfect Blu-ray, both image and sound. Karloff is creepy, Gloria Stuart lovely and Ernest Thesiger is at his most delightfully fruity. And the potato lobby should be pleased, too.

The Old Dark House (1932)

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1932 / B&W / 1:37 flat full frame / 72 min. / Street Date October 24, 2017 / 25.99

Starring: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Lilian Bond, Ernest Thesiger, Rebecca Femm, Raymond Massey, Gloria Stuart, John (actually Elspeth) Dudgeon, Brember Wills.

Cinematography: Arthur Edeson

Film Editor: Clarence Kolster

Special Makeup: Jack Pierce

Written by Benn W. Levy, from the novel by J. B. Priestley

Produced by Carl Laemmle Jr.

Directed by James Whale

I suppose fans of horror films will forever hope that some pristine copy of the lost 1927 London After Midnight will someday appear.
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The Man Who Laughs: the movie that inspired The Joker

Jim Knipfel Sep 18, 2017

One of the earliest scary clown movies, The Man Who Laughs was also an influence on the creation of Batman villain, The Joker...

Clowns, both creepy and, well, slightly less creepy, were lurking about in the shadows for thousands of years before Stephen King’s evil clown Pennywise shambled along with those sinister red balloons of his. The Egyptians had them, the Greeks had them, the Romans had them. But in the 17th and 18th centuries, an interesting and telling thing happened.

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During the Middle Ages, the clown and the performing freak were essentially one and the same. The jesters and fools who entertained in the royal courts of Europe were usually attired in flamboyant and garish costumes and makeup, and were often physically deformed in some way. After that, however, the two began to tear themselves apart, with the
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Horror Highlights: The Basement, Show Pieces on Shudder, Ghosts Of Shepherdstown, ScareLA 2017, The Ball Indiegogo Campaign

What horrors lurk within The Basement? You'll find out soon enough, as Breaking Glass Pictures acquired North American rights and set a September home media release date for the Hungarian horror film. Also in today's Horror Highlights are details on Show Pieces now being on Shudder, info on Ghosts of Shepherdstown Season 2, a ScareLA 2017 announcement, and the Indiegogo campaign for the short film The Ball.

The Basement: Press Release: "Philadelphia, Pa, June 14, 2017--Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Hungarian occultist horror feature The Basement. Breaking Glass acquired North American rights to the film in June in a deal negotiated between Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff and Galen Christy of High Octane Pictures. The film will be released on DVD/VOD on September 5, 2017.

Chosen as one of the “21 Horror Movies That Will Make You Scream in 2017” (Boom Howdy), The Basement stars Caroline Boulton (Hercules, ‘Dr. Who’), Richard Rifkin (The Martian,
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Catalog From The Beyond: The Ghoul (1933)

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Universal’s explosion of the horror genre in the 1930s gave us two legendary actors in Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Lugosi, who I’ve covered before in this column, was the leading-man type in that whomever he played, he was still pretty much Bela Lugosi (arguments could be made either way as to whether this was to his benefit or his detriment). Karloff, however, often had a tendency to get lost in his roles. Granted, part of this was done via the magic of FX. In movies like Frankenstein and The Mummy, Jack Pierce covered Karloff in enough prosthetics to make him unrecognizable. But credit must also be given to Karloff’s performances. Few people could pull off his take as Frankenstein’s monster where even with his face completely covered, and not a word of dialogue in script, he still managed to make this hulking monster come across as sympathetic.
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Dracula & The Mummy: Complete Legacy Collections

The 2016 blu ray release of the Frankenstein and Wolf Man Legacy Collections was a moment of celebration for movie and monster lovers everywhere, bringing together all the golden age appearances of Frankenstein’s misbegotten creation and Larry Talbot’s hairy alter-ego. Universal Studios treated those dusty creature features to luminous restorations; from Bride of Frankenstein to She Wolf of London, these essential artifacts never looked less than impeccable and, at times, even ravishing. Colin Clive’s frenzied declaration, “It’s Alive!”, never felt more appropriate.

Now Universal has turned their attention to their other legendary franchise players, Dracula, the sharp-dressed but undead ladies’ man and Im-ho-tep, the cursed Egyptian priest who loved not wisely but too well.

Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection

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1931, ’36, ’43, ’44, ’45, ’48 / 449 min. / B&W / 1:33 / Street Date May 16, 2017

Starring: Actors: Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr. , Boris Karloff, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello

Cinematography: Karl Freund,
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Robert Englund Suits Up as Freddy Krueger Again for a New Documentary, Watch the Trailer!

We'll probably never see Robert Englund reprise his role as Freddy Krueger in another Nightmare on Elm Street movie again. But thanks to an upcoming documentary called Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, we get to see Englund all decked out as Freddy Krueger at least one more time. The documentary pays tribute to the practical effects artists who have brought the iconic horror movie character to life over the years.

The film was directed by Mike Kerz, and as Englund is having his Freddy makeup applied by makeup artist Robert Kurtzman, the actor recalls his years playing the villain and pays tribute to Wes Craven and the other people he worked with on the franchise. In a statement to EW, Englund said:

"Nightmares in the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup. I’ve always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists.
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Watch Robert Englund Become Freddy Krueger in Nightmares In The Makeup Chair Documentary Trailer

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Robert Englund may have hung up his bladed glove on the big screen after Freddy vs. Jason, but not long ago, the legendary actor was transformed into the boogeyman from Elm Street once again by makeup maestro Robert Kurtzman, and the fascinating process will be featured in the new documentary Nightmares in the Makeup Chair.

You can get a sneak peek at director Mike Kerz’s Nightmares in the Makeup Chair in the images and trailer below, and look for it to premiere at a yet-to-be-announced film festival sometime this year.

Press Release: Robert Englund is back in the Freddy Krueger makeup in the new documentary “Nightmares In The Makeup Chair”. Fans will enter the makeup room and see the entire process as special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman transforms Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger once again!

Robert Englund takes fans on an exciting, funny, and emotional journey through his
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Robert Englund Returns as Freddy Krueger in New Elm Street Documentary Trailer

Robert Englund Returns as Freddy Krueger in New Elm Street Documentary Trailer
Robert Englund is back in the Freddy Krueger makeup in the new documentary Nightmares In the Makeup Chair, with the first trailer and poster debuting today. Fans will enter the makeup room and see the entire process as special makeup effects artist Robert Kurtzman transforms Robert Englund into Freddy Krueger once again! Robert Englund takes fans on an exciting, funny, and emotional journey through his years as Freddy Krueger with stories and anecdotes, all while paying tribute to the legacy of Wes Craven. Here's what Robert Englund had to say in his statement.

"Nightmares In the Makeup Chair is my love letter to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and to practical makeup. I've always been in awe of the multi-talented makeup effects artists. From sketching to sculpting, they realize the design. Then to the fine precision of the molding and the manufacturing of the makeup appliances which are nearly paper thin.
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Cat People

This kitty needs no introduction: Simone Simon is the purring-sweet immigrant with a dark atavistic secret. It's Val Lewton's debut smash hit. The real hero is director Jacques Tourneur, who conveys a feeling of real life being lived that won over audiences of 1942 and drew them into his web of fantasy. Cat People Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 833 1942 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 73 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 20, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt, Elizabeth Russell, Theresa Harris. Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca Art Direction Albert S. D'Agostino, Walter E. Keller Film Editor Mark Robson Original Music Roy Webb Written by De Witt Bodeen Directed by Jacques Tourneur

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Val Lewton never had to be 'discovered,' actually. Life magazine awarded him his own photo layout and the critics praised him as the maker of a new brand of psychologically based horror films.
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Movie Review – Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex (2015)

Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, 2015.

Directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet.

Starring Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Tippett and Tim Woodruff Jr.

Synopsis:

Documentarians Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet interview Hollywood special effects and make up artists to explore the ‘Frankenstein Complex’ of creature design in filmmaking.

“Now I know why Frankenstein goes crazy and screams ‘It’s alive!'” This early statement from one of the many subjects of Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet’s Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex neatly summarises the ostensible themes of the duo’s documentary: obsession, meticulous craftsmanship, and the relationship between creator and creation, ideas that tie directly back to the eponymous monster of Hollywood’s most enduring horror icon.

Indeed, the raison d’etre of The Frankenstein Complex is its exploration of the parent-child dynamic between the skilled crafts people and their monstrous creations; fans of creature design
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The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s Lacma Exhibit

The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s Lacma Exhibit
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to co-organizing museums in Minneapolis and Ontario next year. Containing almost 600 eerie objects from the filmmaker’s private collection — including sculptures, paintings, costumes and books — the exhibition reflects his lifelong obsession with monsters.

“You can see my movies over and over again, and you will see that I adore monsters. I absolutely love them,” del Toro said at Saturday’s preview, adding “I think humans are pretty repulsive!”

Though he doesn’t consider himself a horror filmmaker these days, del Toro’s Lacma exhibit is filled with the type of ghoulish artifacts most often associated with a Fangoria convention.
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Interview: Legendary SFX Artist Mark Coulier Talks Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

In 1813, renowned writer Jane Austen published a book called Pride and Prejudice, which tells the story of the Bennet sisters, who are gussied up and married off to wealthy suitors, one by one. The only sister who seems to question this system is Elizabeth, the rebellious member of the family, who feels strong disdain for the system that treats her more like property than a proper citizen. In 2009, author Seth Grahame-Smith put a new twist on the old tale by creating a parody novel called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which loosely follows the same basic outline, but adds an entirely different obstacle to the tale: the living dead.

In Grahame-Smith’s story, the girls are not only fighting for the right to be married into regal families, but also battling for their lives on a daily basis. An outbreak has occurred within these humble streets, and now flesh-eating zombies
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Mummy

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Our series on remakes continues and since Universal Studios has announced a new version of the Mummy, set for a 2017 release, it seemed like a good time to dissect the previous attempt to redo this story. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mummy (1999).

It’s hard to really compare the original Universal Studios version of the Mummy (1932) to the more whimsical remake (1999) because the two are so immensely different. The new version takes the seed of the first film and transforms it into something almost unrecognizable. The 1999 version meets one of the two criteria of making a good remake…Keep the spirit of the original but make it into something new and special. Well, this remake does successfully make the concept of the Mummy into something quite different, but it totally loses the spirit of the 1932 original.

The original is one of the seminal horror classics, creating one of the
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Interview: Bubba The Redneck Werewolf Creator Mitch Hyman!

Interview: Bubba The Redneck Werewolf Creator Mitch Hyman!
Welcome back to the Crypt o’ Xiii, my creeps! I’m pleased as putrid punch to be joined today by none other than Mitch Hyman; the creator of Bubba The Redneck Werewolf! As you will find out soon (or maybe you already have… I have no idea what order these things are gonna run in, and I ain’t no internet focused Kreskin), I loved the fleas right off of the ol’ sin-e-matic version of Bubba, and after seein’ it I wanted to learn all I could about the fury freak!

Famous Monsters. Welcome to my humble abode, Mitch! Just push that gut pile aside and have yourself a seat! So, how in the hairy hell did ya come up with the character of Bubba The Redneck Werewolf, and what are some of the arcane adventures he’s been up to in your frightful funny books?

Mitch Hyman. Well, I
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Looking Back on the Long Film History of Frankenstein

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The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.

The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity.
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Today is Boris Karloff’s Birthday – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

No other actor in the long history of horror has been so closely identified with the genre as Boris Karloff, yet he was as famous for his gentle heart and kindness as he was for his screen persona. William Henry Pratt was born on November 23, 1887, in Camberwell, London, England. He studied at London University in anticipation of a diplomatic career; however, he moved to Canada in 1909 and joined a theater company where he was bit by the acting bug. It was there that he adopted the stage name of “Boris Karloff.” He toured back and forth across the USA for over ten years in a variety of low-budget Theater shows and eventually ended up in Hollywood. Needing cash to support himself, Karloff landed roles in silent films making his on-screen debut in Chapter 2 of the 1919 serial The Masked Rider. His big
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25 Great Horror Movies for Halloween

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It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.

First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:

Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally.
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Monster Kid Spotlight: Academy Award Winner Matthew M. Mungle

Monster Kid Spotlight: Academy Award Winner Matthew M. Mungle
As I set out looking for sponsors for our Broken Moon Monster Makeup Challenge, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to speak with Academy Award winner and long-time monster kid Matthew M. Mungle! For those

who don’t know, Matthew is a highly regarded member of the movie makeup effects world, whose credits include Edward Scissorhands (1990), Bram Stroker’s Dracula (1992)—which earned him his Academy Award— Schindler’S List, Bedazzled, The Skeleton Key, Red Dragon, Anchorman, The X-Files, Inception, and more, not to mention his numerous TV and Broadway credits. Matthew is still very active in film while continuing to work on shows like C.S.I., NCIS, and Wgn’s new series Salem. Matthew was extremely generous in his donation of prizes for our contest, and was even gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions for me!

Famous Monsters.
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R.I.P. Christopher Lee – Here Are His Ten Best Roles

The day monster kids have dreaded for some time has arrived. Mournful, nostalgic, and melancholy – it’s the end of an era for more than one generation of horror fans. It seemed like Christopher Lee would live through all eternity, but unlike some of the characters he played, there’s no bringing him back to life this time. He made it to 93 and went out on a high note, appearing in the final Hobbit film just this past winter. He had an amazing career of fantastic performances and remains the greatest villain actor in film history. Rip to the last classic horror star and thank you for all the monster memories.

Christopher Lee was married to his wife Birgit (Gitte) for 54 years.

Here, according to Movie Geeks Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Sam Moffitt, and myself, are Christopher Lee’s ten best roles.

10. Frankenstein

It’s only fitting that The Curse Of Frankenstein,
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Rick Baker Retires

Rick Baker Retires
First the garage, now the whole workshop. Rick Baker, the legendary Hollywood make-up and special effects wizard, has officially announced his retirement. Fresh from a sale of some of his career memorabilia, Baker shared the news with Californian public radio station Kpcc that he was putting away the prosthetics for good."I said the time is right, I am 64 years old, and the business is crazy right now,” he explained. "I like to do things right, and they wanted cheap and fast. That is not what I want to do, so I just decided it is basically time to get out.”Baker, of course, is the make-up artist behind some of the most memorable, marvellous and maquetted cinematic creations of the past four decades. He emerged as the heir apparent to Jack Pierce in the mid-‘70s, collaborating with fellow SFX guru Carlo Rambaldi on King Kong in 1976 and going
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