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A Gothic Weekend of Hallucinations
Last night, I was circling a local used video store for some long forgotten haunts when I happened upon Gothic . I remembered seeing this cover on the store shelves when I was young and my mom not letting me rent it because the cover art featured what looked like a naked midget squatting over a half-naked chick. She was determined it was some lurid, disturbing sex fest. So, now well into my 20’s, I grabbed it a truly teen-angsty way and headed home to enjoy my forbidden fruit. My mom’s assessment of the film was not that far off.
I knew little about this film aside from the fact that it was supposed to be a “version” of how Mary Shelley came to write the epic horror story Frankenstein. For those of you who feel asleep in high school English class, Mary Shelley, her husband /poet Percy Shelley, »
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Delays, reports of changes in the editing room and test screenings have led to this: The Wolfman 's MPAA rating. We've heard it's pretty damn intense in the blood department...so yes, the remake to Universal's classic is going to be R "for bloody horror, violence and gore." Awesome, is what we say. This now places the redo alongside Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as far as R-rated updates of the classic monsters go. (Fingers crossed it doesn't match the dismal quality of the latter.) The Wolfman - starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt and Hugo Weaving - opens in theaters on February 12. Click on the title for pics and trailers! »
With her pale blue eyes and long blonde (sometimes black) hair, striking Kathleen Gati is one of Hollywood's busiest character actresses. From her ruthless slaver in Trade to Desperate Housewives, Gati really gets around.
You've heard her sultry voice in The Devil's Rejects and seen her protect Jack Bauer as Anya Suvarov the first lady of Russia on "24".(She even lets the gun-toting hero storm the Russian Embassy!) So what is the polished, beautiful actress doing in Frankenhooker?!?
Frankenhooker, the notorious New York horror/comedy from twisted Big Apple filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case), is a loose re-telling of the Mary Shelley classic. A failed med student vows to re-build his dismembered girlfriend out of Times Square prostitutes.(This is before Disney and Broadway teamed up to clean up Times Square!) When he goes trolling for tramps, the lovely Gati is one of his first targets.
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Man, I hate retyping information. This afternoon I received a fax from a close friend with some really interesting Intel. Apparently, Disney is officially undergoing casting for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, although a shoot date or location has yet to be locked down. At least they're moving on the project, at least that's something. Anyways, below you'll find the official breakdown being sent out to New York actors. Frankenweenie (1984) is one of Burton's earlier films, a parody of the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley's book of the same name. The story tells of a man who brings his dog back to life after it is killed by a car. »
Elba is best known for playing Stringer Bell, the business-minded right-hand man of drug kingpin Avon Barksdale on the HBO series The Wire. More recently, he appeared in Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla, and played Charles Miner, a rival to Steve Carrell’s Michael Scott, in an entertaining turn on The Office.
In Thor, he’ll be playing Heimdall, sentry of Asgard and brother to Thor’s lover, Sif. True, Elba doesn’t exactly look Norse, but then, Michael Clarke Duncan doesn’t look like the comic book image of Wilson Fisk, and his portrayal of the Kingpin was just about the only good thing about the Daredevil movie. And Stringer Bell was one of the most compelling characters on The Wire, »
Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, Williams, Miller—all these playwrights and many more wrote memorable roles that over time have become iconic. For example, when we think of Stanley, we think Brando. Certain lines, too, carry extra weight. You know the ones I mean: "Stelllllaaa!," "To be or not to be," and so on.Actors generally take one of two approaches to such roles. Either they "steal" from others' performances, stage or film, at some point during rehearsals or the run, or else they studiously avoid seeing anyone else in the role and try to erase their memories of others' performances from their mind. For some, though, the course they follow depends on the role itself."It seems everyone who's ever played Dottie Ottley has won a Tony," sighs Deborah Strang, who was in rehearsal for "Noises Off" at Los Angeles' A Noise Within when I called her. Judi Dench is one »
New Moon's chaste tale of the undead will fill the world's cinemas with teenage girls this week, yet the woman behind a publishing phenomenon to rival Jk Rowling and Dan Brown has never even seen an R-rated movie
If you have even the most fleeting acquaintance with a prepubescent girl, the chances are you've gathered that the film of New Moon, the second in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling quartet of vampire novels, is released on Friday.
At a "stars meet the fans" event in London's Battersea Park last week, the hysteria that has greeted each publication day quickened into a bacchanalian frenzy. It came complete with nubile tweens with "Bite me" scrawled across their foreheads, thanks largely to the pallid charms of Robert Pattinson, the young British actor who graduated from a bit part in a Harry Potter film to playing the glitteringly beautiful 107-year-old vampire Edward Cullen.
Edward Cullen, »
- Olivia Laing
Welcome to hell. It’s as good a place as any to start talking horror and spirituality. I’m sure our ongoing conversation will take us to other places as well, but hell.... hell is a place that burns up Bs. That seems like a good starting point to me. You see the idea here is to actually talk, engage in dialogue, share ideas and experiences and do a little honest self-inventory. Can’t do that until we burn up the Bs. And the biggest bunch of Bs is that horror and spirituality are incompatible.
Now obviously I have a bias here. That’s right I’m a religious guy. I’m definitely starting from spirituality as base one and horror as next in line meaning horror is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there eternally. Eternity? Oh I believe in it most certainly. »
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Artist-filmmaker Gris Grimly has created distinct, memorable interpretations of such classic horror tales as "The Legend of Sleep Hollow" and the works of Edgar Allan Poe. But now the macabre artist is tackling what may be his most ambitious project yet: Gris Grimly's Illustrated Frankenstein. Hit the jump for a complete image of Grimly's creature. Cool, huh? And decidely Grimly-esque. Grimly is maintaining a special blog, revealing each step he takes in crafting his version of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. He explains how he goes about abridging the work, and how he's already signed Bernie Wrightson (perhaps the definitive Frankenstein artist for his own »
While the idea of ceasing the overall usage of adapting stories, classic or otherwise, into feature films is laughable, there are those stories that just should not be touched again. Whether they have been done so many times that it seems trivial to adapt onto the silver screen or an adaptation has come along that so definitely captures the essence of the story, there are those classic stories that should simply be left alone. Certainly, there are those stories that we will have left off this list, and some of you may think some of these classic stories deserve another go in the feature film realm. For now, and in honor of Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of A Christmas Carol, we give you our 10 classic stories that should Not be adapted ever again.
Adapted Roughly 35 Times
MacBeth is perhaps one of the best Shakespeare stories and also one of the most difficult to adapt successfully, »
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Our year-long celebration of Fangoria's 30th Anniversary continues with a phenomenal Prize Pack from Fangoria Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment's Horror Unleashed!
One lucky Fangoria reader will win 30 DVD's from the Horror Unleashed Series (including the new Night Of The Creeps!) and a copy of the Fangoria #284 30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition Magazine!
The following titles will be included on DVD
13 Ghosts Blood & Chocolate Bram Stoker’s Dracula Candyman Christine Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King Prom Night (remake) Fright Night Ghostbusters Ghostbusters 2 Hostel Hostel part II I Know What You Did Last Summer Jason and the Argonauts John Carpenter’s Vampires Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Night of the Creeps November Secret Window Silent Hill The Cave The Covenant The Exorcism of Emily Rose The Fog The Grudge The Return of the Vampire The Revenge of Frankenstein Underworld Underworld Evolution Zombie Strippers To Enter: Send an email to fango30@fangoria. »
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Horror fans love this time of the year. For those of us not living in La, there's the chill in the air, the colorful leaves, pumpkins everywhere, dead cornfields to explore … if you dare. So, in honor of Our official holiday, I have come up with a list of books and some movies every horror fan should at least take a look at, if not outright add to your book or DVD library.
Without further ado (and in no particular order):
Creepy Places to Visit:
Creepy Crawls: A Horror Fiend’s Travel Guide by Leon Marcelo, Santa Monica Press, 380 pages
I Love this book!! Leon Marcelo travels the world, literally, to find places of horror both real and fictional. Rome to visit the Dario Argento Profondo Rosso Shop then to George Romero’s Pennsylvania and H.P. Lovecraft’s New England. Marcelo also covers Stephen King country, Poe’s Baltimore, »
Chicago – The Blu-Ray Round-Up is back with this week’s collection of HD titles that may not get the buzz of something like the latest Sandra Bullock romantic comedy or what Sam Raimi brought back from Hell but could be just what you’re looking for at the mall this weekend. A few modern horror movies, a notable box office bust, and a beloved BBC show highlight this week’s list. Pick your favorite.
“Waterworld” will be released on October 20th, 2009.
“Red Dwarf: Back To Earth - The Director’s Cut”
Photo credit: BBC
Synopsis: “Back To Earth takes place after “Series X.” Kochanski’s dead and the crew are hurled through a portal and discover they’re just characters from a TV series. Knowing they »
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According to Comics2Film at Mania.com , director Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Session 9) is set to direct a feature based on the 128 page epic and terrifying graphic novel by Robert Tinnell and Todd Livngston, the creators of The Black Forest  and The Wicked West . Brad Anderson who has become known for his work on edgy thrillers like Session and The Machinist (and more recently directing episodes of Fringe) seems the perfect candidate given its premise. The Living and the Dead which actually began as a screenplay before sold to Speakeasy Comics, takes place in nineteenth century Europe and focuses on a perverse madman who lures his victims to be tortured and killed as part of his twisted performance art. MTV News caught up with Robert Tinnell, who revealed that Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also plays a major role within the story. "This is about twelve or »
Anderson—perhaps best known for his work on “The Machinist” and “Session 9”—has more recently left his mark on TV by directing several episodes of “Fringe.” He is currently directing the horror/thriller “Vanishing on 7th Street” with Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton.
Mania is reporting that Anderson will direct “The Living And The Dead” for Solipsist Films. Livingston & Tinnell have also written the screenplay adaptation of their graphic novel.
Originally released in 2005 by Speakeasy comics, “The Living And The Dead” takes place in nineteenth century Europe and focuses on a perverse madman who lures his victims to be tortured and killed as part of his twisted “performance art.”
- Blair Marnell
It’s classic movie monster time! I was going to wait until Christmas to talk about this, but now seemed like a more appropriate time. We are going to compare the original black and white movie monsters (and the actors who brought them to life), against more modern versions and actors to see who comes out on top.
I know there are dozens of classic monsters, including the Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Fly, giant robots, aliens, and over-sized insects/animals, but I’m going to focus on the more famous literary monsters : Frankenstein’s monster, The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy.
Let’s start with my favorite character, Frankenstein’s monster. Most people incorrectly refer to the monster As Frankenstein - but actually, author Mary Shelley never gave the creature a name. In the 1818 novel, Shelley writes about mad scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein and how he learns to create life. »
- Paul Young
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like Trick ‘r Treat (pictured above with Anna Paquin), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Chinatown, Bones Season 4 and the complete Stargate: Atlantis series.
Check them out.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil ~ Robb Reiner (DVD)
- Joe Gillis
What do the DVD release gods have in store for us today? This week's biggest releases would have to be the Jack Black/Michael Cera comedy Year One and Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Blu-ray, but looking beyond that there are a handful of smaller movies worth checking out. Both Trick r' Treat and Assassination of a High School President are movies that ended up going direct to DVD despite fairly positive reviews, so now is your chance to check them out. Also out this week are two amazing documentaries, Anvil! The Story of Anvil and Not Quite Hollywood, plus Blu-ray releases for Audition, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and some holiday classics including A Charlie Brown Christmas. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? Year One  (DVD, Blu-ray ) My Life in Ruins  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Trick 'r Treat  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Assassination of a High School President  Seventh Moon  (DVD, »
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Platinum Edition) I just posted my review of this one (read it here) and I tried to keep it as short as possible all while managing to gush all over it. Seriously, this baby is packed with goodies and the film simply looks spectacular as Walt Disney's first feature length animated film comes to life in high definition. Snow White is 72-years-old and boy does it age well.
I reviewed the two-disc edition (or three-disc if you count the included DVD version of the film), but there are a ton of additional versions to buy including the collector's pack featured in the image to the left and then one that comes with a bunch of stuffed toys. Oh, and if you buy it at Amazon you can enter the promotional code Snowhite and »
- Brad Brevet
How many authors does it take to create a monster? Random House recently published a new edition of the novel Frankenstein with a surprising change: Mary Shelley is no longer identified as the novel's sole author. Instead, the cover reads "Mary Shelley (with Percy Shelley)." Why is Percy now getting marquee billing? It's a significant moment in the long-running struggle to determine the true author (or authors) of what is considered one of the most important novels ever written. And it also raises questions about how credit has traditionally been divided up for writing couples. The controversy started almost 200 years ago when the first edition of Frankenstein was published anonymously. Most readers just assumed Frankenstein had been written by Percy Shelley because of its dedication to William Godwin, who was Percy's mentor as well as »
- Victoria Rosner
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