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Imagine if David Lynch had directed Jaws with a tire instead of a shark as his villain, and you'd have a pretty good idea of what Rubber is like. But that's just half of what Quentin Dupieux's post-modern smorgasbord of Rod Serling inspired bizarreness has to offer. Instead of just stopping at the absurd notion of having a tire blowing people's heads up, the film throws its audience for a loop, introducing it as a film with a film that ends up crossing over and disrupting reality, resulting in one of the most unique cinematic experiences in quite some time. »
Chicago – M. Night Shyamalan’s career is a morbidly fascinating train wreck. Here’s a man who seduced the mainstream viewing public and film lovers alike with the wonderful psychological drama, “The Sixth Sense,” and the enticing mystery, “Unbreakable.” Both films garnered the director a legion of devoted fans eager to see what material he would tackle next.
Unfortunately, Shyamalan’s subsequent work has consisted of one disaster after another. After the phony ending of “Signs” came the critically savaged “Village,” which inspired Shyamalan to demonize critics in his even worse follow-up, “Lady in the Water,” where he cast himself as a misunderstood savior (no joke). Then came “The Happening,” a series of knee-jerk gore gags that mankind allegedly “deserved,” probably because they decided to skip “Lady in the Water.”
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
After “The Last Airbender” hammered the final nail in the coffin of Shyamalan’s credibility, he’s »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by Danny Dileo
Written by Danny Dileo
Rookie filmmaker Danny Dileo’s breakout film, The Fiction, provides a triple delight, one part Alfred Hitchcock, one part Stephen King, and one part Rod Serling. In this ambitious effort as writer, producer, and director, Dileo breaks both rules and boundaries, delivering an entertaining and lingering cinematic experience. Screenwriters are preached, often to the point of exhaustion to “write what they know, refrain from having people talk to themselves, and avoid dream sequences.” Dileo breaks the rules with a twist-laden, thought-provoking plot line.
Lead character Werther Oaks’s (Eric Hammer) writer’s block echoes The Shining, with slippages into Being John Malkovich surrealism, while intellectually yanking us back with a plot thread akin to Secret Window. At times, this film’s dialogue came across as overly expository, but overall was sparse enough to let the story flow. The story »
Christmas has a hell of a PR agent. A good PR maximises the audience for their client, always looking for lateral markets beyond the core appeal of the product. So if Christmas is fundamentally about giving, goodwill and forgiveness, there's no harm - from a PR's point of view - if it can also be made to be about sex, death and loneliness too. We seem to have had our traditional - and always sad - fusillade of pre-Christmas celebrity deaths this year, and if we're lucky, the period between now and new year will bring no new and nasty surprises in that line.
In the meantime our TV screens have filled up customarily with ads for perfume and booze which remind us that Christmas is also a Pagan-style locus for celebrations of the carnal and sensory. And with campaigns targeted at those who have no invite to the celebrations »
2010 Top Five Horror Movies: 5.) Devil M. Night Shyamalan's reputation as an Alfred Hitchcock or a Rod Serling for a new generation has been eroding for years, with films like The Village (2004) and The Happening (2008) getting derisive responses from audiences. Even though he didn't direct Devil , just the sight of Shyamalan's name as producer was enough for many audiences to boo the trailers for Devil , the first in a proposed anthology series dubbed The Night Chronicles. When Devil . directed by John Erick Dowdle ( Quarantine , 2008) . was released this past September, though, the skepticism towards it was largely dispelled. Based on a story concept by Shyamalan (with a screenplay by Brian Nelson), Devil harkened back to classic Twilight Zone , showing a »
Synopsis: Darkroom was an American television thriller series that aired on ABC from November 27, 1981 to January 15, 1982. It was an anthology horror/thriller series, similar in style to Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. Each 60 minute episode featured two or more stories of varying length with a new story and a new cast, but each episode wraparound was hosted by James Coburn. Episodes: 01 Closed Circuit 02 Stay Tuned, We’ll Be Right Back 03 The Bogeyman Will Get You 04 Uncle George 05 Needlepoint 06 Siege of 31 August 07 A Quiet Funeral 08 Make Up 09 The Partnership 10 Daisies 11 Catnip 12 Lost in Translation 13 Guillotine 14 Exit Line 15 Who’s There? 16 The Rarest of Wines Related Posts:List: Brimstone (1998 – 1999) – TV Show EpisodesList: The Others (2000) – TV Show EpisodesGrave Encounters: New Trailer and update linkList: Horror TV‘The Avengers – Earth’s mightiest [...] »
One thing you can count on here at Dread Central is our never ending quest to uncover the best horror fiction out there and share it with our readers. Today we got word of a new serial killer saga called Chalk from DC alumnus Ryan Acheson. Just don't expect your father's serial killer ... in Chalk he's a blatant racist!
When Stanley Shaw witnesses a murder, his life isn’t the only one turned upside down as a result. The effect it has on him ripples out across the city, turning chance encounters into life or death decisions. It puts Martin Radbourne’s reputation as one of the city's brightest young entrepreneurs at stake. It puts the life of Derek Namek’s sister on the line. It stretches Tim Greenley’s skills as a criminal profiler to their limits.
And in the shadows of the city stalks a serial killer. »
- The Woman In Black
Prepare to reenter the Zone. Nah, nah, nah, nah. Therein you.ll find a few things more familiar. Sterling steps in front of the camera to narrate, the iconic theme makes its first appearance, and the set is of the same quality, with a few exceptions, as its previous Blu-ray season. The first season of the Twilight Zone was a hit, but what have you done for me lately? There was always curiosity whether the show could keep up the promise that the first season had. Season two would have changes that would eventually become so iconic that it would somewhat define the show. Firstly, Rod Serling would step in front of the camera to host the show. »
- Jeff Swindoll
Never Again is an attempt to voice the collective revulsion of writers in the weird fiction genre against political attitudes that stifle compassion and deny our collective human inheritance.
The imagination is crucial to an understanding both of human diversity and of common ground. Weird fiction is often stigmatised as a reactionary and ignorant genre - we know better. The anthology is published by Gray Friar Press and edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane. The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is one of the three organisations which will benefit from the proceeds of Never Again. It is just over three years since the brutal slaying of Sophie Lancaster, a girl who was murdered for simply being different. I hope that people will pre order the anthology so we here at FanGirlTastic can help, too. Other organisations which will benefit from this anthology are Amnesty International and Pen (Pen is an international »
Chicago – Image Entertainment released a spectacular Blu-ray release in September of “The Twilight Zone: Season 1,” an amazing set that will surely be mentioned when our year-end “Best Blu-rays of the Year” feature debuts in a few weeks. With “The Twilight Zone: Season 2” following quickly on its heels just two months later, the only concern was if they would drop the ball with the second release. Instead they have hit another home run.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
Of course, the primary reason to pick up both seasons is the quality of the program itself. It helped shape science fiction of all forms, not just television. It’s one of the most influential programs of all time and most episodes have held up incredibly well. There aren’t many programs from the early ’60s for which a shot-for-shot remake could air in 2010 and still be devastatingly effective. You can say that about »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I dare any Fangoria reader to sit across from me and argue against the notion that the sun rises and sets on Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone. It does. It did when the show premiered on CBS in 1959 until its literal twilight in 1964. And even after decades or imitators, comic books, clones, movies and a few failed attempts to forge Serling-free follow-ups, it still bloody well does. »
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Rest your wallets, folks, there are hardly any new major horror releases this week. Instead we're getting mostly re-released Blu-ray and 3D Blu-rays. Really the only thing that's piquing our curiosity is RoboGeisha!
And if you are a gamer, soundtracks to your favorite zombie killing video games are now available for playing outside of the game consoles. Excited? Not even a little?
Clash of the Titans Blu-ray 3D
Directed by Louis Leterrier
If you hadn't had enough of this 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans (review) on Blu-ray DVD or in the theaters (review), this is your chance to get double- (triple-?) dip on the title with a Blu-ray 3D version. Or you can just relive it all on our Clash of the Titans page instead. Don't say we didn't warn you. If you don't already know, Clash of the Titans »
As we all eagerly anticipate the upcoming release of "The Twilight Zone: Season 2" onto Blu-ray high definition this November 16th, Image Entertainment, the rock stars that they are, have already released the goods on Season 3!
As per High-Def Digest:
"The release will be a 5-disc set and will contain all 37 episodes in the third season in 1080p video, an uncompressed monaural soundtrack, and supplements include: Audio commentaries by actors Bill Mumy, Lois Nettleton, William Windom, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Cornthwaite and Cliff Robertson; Audio commentary by Jonathan Winters for "A Game of Pool," plus Winters reads the alternate ending from the original script; Clip from the 1989 remake of "A Game of Pool," featuring George Clayton Johnson's original ending; Clip from the 1985 remake of "Dead Man's Shoes," featuring Helen Mirren in "Dead Woman's Shoes"; Vintage audio recollections with Buzz Kulik, Buck Houghton, Richard L. Bare, Lamont Johnson and Earl Hamner; and »
- Uncle Creepy
In a loving tip of the hat to Rod Serling of the "Twilight Zone" and the "Outer Limits," comes the best webisode to cross Monsters and Critics' path of late. Filmed in the style of 1950's black and white psychological-horror TV series, fueled by cold war paranoia with advertising sponsors worked into the story, the new webbie "Brainscape" is a parody of these American smallscreen classics. A short film that sees two isolated men at the edge of the world, about to reach the edge of their sanity. The "Serling" character who introduces the teleplay is Patrick Carlyle ("So Long, Lonesome," "Without A Trace"). "Brainscape" was written and directed by Matty Smith, and stars Patrick Carlyle, Meghann »
- April MacIntyre
From the original black and white TV series, through the 1983 film and further subsequent TV incarnations, we have journeyed to The Twilight Zone quite a few times over the years.
Now, Deadline reports that writer Jason Rothenberg may be about to take us there again. The original TV series was an anthology series (created by Rod Serling) mixing fantasy, sci-fi. horror and suspense elements, often with a last-minute twist. The 1983 film, itself an anthology as well, called on the services of such high-calibre directors as Joe Dante, George Miller, John Landis and Steven Spielberg but was overshadowed by the death on set of Vic Morrow and two child actors during a scene involving a helicopter.
It is anticipated that, as with the 1983 film, some of the original stories from the TV series will be used for the new film, but there is little further information to hand right now, other »
- Dave Roper
According to Deadline, "Jason Rothenberg (The Sparrow) has landed the assignment to write The Twilight Zone, a new feature version of the Rod Serling classic '50s TV series that Warner Bros is developing with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way. Details are scant, but the expectation is they will take some of the original stories written for the series by the likes of Serling and Richard Matheson."
This could be really cool if they use the opportunity to explore some of the more obscure stories from the original series. Check out the original TV series intro below to get you in the mood.
Related Content: www.Deadline.com and www.HorrorBid.com contributed to this story. »
Rod Serling's "The Twilight Zone" series came up with some of the best sci-fi concepts ever, some of which came true (mass consumption of plastic surgery, the idea of "death panels," etc.). In the 1980s, The Twilight Zone took four of those episodes and had the decade's most exciting directors remake one a piece. Now, "The Twlight Zone" is getting another go. Writer Jason Rothenberg has been hired by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company to take a new pass at the hypnotic material. It's expected it will be, again, a modernization of episodes.
Source: Deadline »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Warner Bros is developing a new big screen version of the Rod Serling classic TV series "The Twilight Zone." The studio is developing the project with Leonardo DiCaprio's shingle, Appian Way because there is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man...
Jason Rothenberg has been hired to write the script, and word has it, it will be an anthology similar to the 80s movie version. I love "The Twilight Zone," I think it holds up really well, so this is good news!
Rothenberg is also working with Universal and Imagine for "The Forbin Project," an update of the 1970 sci-fi tale Colossus: The Forbin Project." Ron Howard is set to direct and Will Smith is attached to star. This one's about the world's first sentient computer sort of like the granddaddy of "Terminator's" Skynet. »
The original anthology series ran from 1959 to 1964 and told numerous stand alone stories featuring elements of serious science fiction, horror, suspense and fantasy. Some episodes featured adaptations of classic novels and short stories, while others were penned by genre writing greats like Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison.
The franchise was successful enough that it was revived as a series twice, once as a syndicated seres in the 80's and once briefly as a series on Upn in 2002. Spin-offs including magazines, comics and a radio series have run for over five decades.
- Garth Franklin
Franklin J Schaffner, 1968
Though by no means subtle in its politics or satire, no other film is as exotic and witty in its preaching. The Twilight Zone's Rod Serling spent months hammering out dozens of variants on Pierre Boulle's novel until he got the recipe just right. Then all they had to do was figure out how to film it. The key figure was makeup legend John Chambers, who utilised the then-new technology of foam latex prosthetics on a large scale, earning him a special Oscar, to create a stunning array of ape characters that worked so well that even such recognisable performers as Roddy McDowell and Maurice Evans simply disappeared. All that was left then was to drop Charlton Heston, as one of the most bitter and cynical heroes cinema has ever offered, into this "madhouse".
Serling's script hits on class, race, sex – just about everything in »
- Phelim O'Neill
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