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Spoiler Alert If You Haven’T Watched The Latest Episode Of American Horror Story! Spoiler Spoiler Spoiler!
Tonight’s American Horror Story (read Jeff Jensen’s recap here) opened with one of the most disturbing sequences I’ve seen on TV: the mass shooting of the students of Westfield High by Tate (Evan Peters). Utterly haunting. Viewers also once again saw the hospital technician who fainted upon seeing Vivien’s ultrasound. Basically, it appears Vivien (Connie Britton) is pregnant with a demon baby. No big shocker there. And we saw a guest appearance by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet who »
- Tim Stack
Oscar Horrors continues...
Here Lies... Poltergeist's ghosts and ghouls. The Oscar loss for Cuesta Verde’s original residents of evil still haunts me to this day. Spielberg’s other 1982 production featuring otherworldly visitation beat Carol-Anne and Company to the FX gold. The restless undead may have lost out on hauling an Oscar back to the Beyond that day, but you never know if they might sooner or later... maybe... come back...
“Poltergeist,” stresses the creepy voiceover that ends the trailer, “It knows what scares you.” Thus so, too, do Richard Edlund, Michael Wood and Bruce Nicholson, the scare-mongering trio responsible for its Oscar nominated (and Bafta winning) visual effects. These were the guys (along with 106 other crew members) who threw JoBeth Williams around her bedroom before dropping her into a cadaver-filled watery grave. They scared seven shades of senselessness out of all of us by making us think every »
- Craig Bloomfield
The Exorcist, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Shining, The Thing, Halloween and The Evil Dead.
Some of the scariest films ever made……
Yet none of these films are as terrifying as Watership Down – also known as the Hampshire Bunny Massacre.
As part of our 31 Days Of Horror celebration of all things macabre, we take a look at some of the most frightening and shocking moments in family friendly movies.
Star Wars: The Original Trilogy (1975-1983)
Shocking Moment: A Farewell to Arms
Despite all being rated U, the original Star Wars trilogy features plenty of violent scenes – most of which involving the frequent dismemberment of hands or arms.
During the battle between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke’s hand is lopped off at the wrist by a well placed lightsabre swipe. It’s clearly a painful moment for Luke… »
- Stephen Leigh
Ken: You know, I'm not sure it's really his thing.
Harry: What do you mean it's not really his thing? What's that supposed to mean? It's not really his thing. What the fuck is that supposed to mean?
Ken: Nothing, Harry.
Harry: It's a fairytale town, isn't it? How's a fairytale town not somebody's fucking thing?
One of the most noticeable sea changes in movies over the years has been the ever-narrowing time span between a cult film’s initially underwhelming reception and the eventual reappraisal it receives from a dedicated fan following.
An increased emphasis on the box office numbers provided on an opening weekend means that it takes less than a week for a film to be adjudged as a success or a failure. This, coupled »
During our conversation we talked about who is returning, and we got him to drop some hints on cameos and appearances of some horror icons as well as getting a little insight on the original. Plus, Scott finally budges (a little) on who exactly Eugene is modeled after. Dig it!
Scott has promised lots of exclusive updates for us here at Dread Central. So keep it locked here to be the first to know.
And if you would like to help make Before the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon happen even sooner, you can go to the Before the Mask Facebook Page to pre-order DVDs, Blu-rays and other merchandise and cool packages.
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Director: James Wan.
Writer: Leigh Whannell.
The problem with horror movies made today is that they are never designed to elicit genuine chills anymore. They are nothing but thrill-rides, shock-fests, and reinventions of older classics. Insidious lives up to its name by slowly festering the terror, and also literally giving up the ghost by giving meaning to what is on the other side. Nothing is left up to the imagination anymore, and if ol’ yellow-eyes had a name in this film, it would be Darth Maul.
This demon is supposed to be everything that nightmares are made of; it has to be a poisonous malignant force of evil. It is everything that Lucas wanted to create, but failed to truly become in a galaxy far, far away. In the World of Insidious, this entity is out to take possession of a young boy, Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins »
- email@example.com (Ed Sum)
Lots of 70s haunted house movies were watched before Insidious went into production, it seems. It helps, too, says Ron in his review...
On the surface, the Lambert family has it all. Father, Josh (Patrick Wilson), is a successful teacher; mother, Renai (Rose Byrne), is a songwriter. They have three children and have just moved into a large old house. Things are going great, except for a few little problems. Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is exploring the attic when he falls, bumps his head, and slips into a coma the following day, despite not having any serious injuries. As if that wasn't bad enough, Renai keeps seeing demons and ghosts in their house. And I thought termites were the worst thing you could find in a house you just bought!
There's a family move to a new house, but as it turns out, the Lamberts' problems don't stay at the old residence. »
To say that Insidious will scare the crap out of you only seems to take away from what the movie really is. There are some great scares in the film but is that the only way to get an audience into a theatre now? The film delivers characters who actually use logic, a very creepy atmosphere, insane amounts of tension, some seriously funny moments and makes a seemingly normal song become something that will haunt you forever....
This movie is much more than just a series of scares and reducing Insidious to the lowest point of 'It made me crap my pants' seems like a waste. It's not very often that we get a horror film where characters actually do things that make sense or where we're not treated to a bunch of fake scares. Leigh Whannell and James Wan have crafted a horror film for horror fans and they »
- Keepers of the Bid
James Wan and Leigh Whannell are responsible for the contained thrills of 2004’s Saw and, as a result, are partially to blame for the franchise’s steady flow of torturous sequels, but the duo’s latest, Insidious, is an entirely different beast.
Nearly bloodless and entirely atmospheric, this spooky thrill ride relies on effective jolts and sustained tension rather than the gross-out mechanisms of Lionsgate’s thankfully severed series. Instead, the film owes more to the throwback terrors of Poltergeist and The Shining with its anxious, less-is-more approach to supernatural hauntings that sends heart rates racing, hairs raising, and chills shooting up spines.
Wan carefully establishes the Lambert family, Josh (Patrick Wilson), Renai (Rose Byrne) and their three children, with a clear understanding that there’s no impact without caring what happens to the characters. His gliding, almost spectral, camera movements capture Renai plinking away at a piano tune she »
- Jeff Leins
Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.
But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.
So farewell fight fans and remember, »
- Heather Buckley
10 items from 2011
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