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No, German Angst is not a Uwe Boll biopic, although that would seem pretty damned appropriate. What we have here, kids, is a new anthology film featuring the works of Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Der Todesking), Andreas Marchall (Tears of Kali, Masks), and Michael Kosakowoski (Zero Killed).
In 1920 Germany became the most influential production location for fantastic films. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Hands of Orlac, Paul Wegener’s The Golem earned the German cinema the label The Demonic Screen (Lotte H. Eisner). German filmmakers told stories of the underworld beneath urban life, about the invasion of the subconscious. The frontiers between reality and dreams blurred and the fear of dark eros emerged. These masterpieces of German Expressionist cinema are the ancestors of the contemporary fantastic genre. Their influence is still felt in almost every modern film. With the Nazi dictatorship »
- Uncle Creepy
The hardest part about choosing my favourite horror films of all time, is deciding what stays and what goes. I started with a list that featured over 200 titles, and I think it took me more time to pick and choose between them, than it did to actually sit down and write each capsule review. In order to hold on to my sanity, I decided to not include short films, documentaries, television mini-series and animated films. I also had to draw the line at some point in deciding if certain movies should be considered horror or not. In such cases where I was split down the middle in deciding, I let IMDb be the judge for me. And in some cases, I’ve included these titles as special mentions. Long story short, I can’t include every movie I like, and I have to draw the line somewhere. With that said, »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
The Vanishing shares the lofty 100 Rotten Tomatoes position with only five other horror films. (The others are The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Frankenstein (1931) The Invisible Man (1933) The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Repulsion (1964).) Of the six The Vanishing is the most recent addition and the only one not old enough to be considered a classic. But on this day 25 years ago audiences first glanced this brilliant depiction of realtolife terror and the genre cataloged another stunningly bright gem of fear. »
As we enter the final quarter of 2013's Full Disclosure, I was hoping to have all our contributors check out something at least vaguely horror-related knowning that this feature would publish close to Hallowe'en. Well, the trials and tribulations behind the scenes of Full Disclosure have been many and varied, sometimes akin to herding cats, and so while not everyone on this list is weighing in on a new discovery within the horror genre (myself one of the guilty parties), we do have contributors viewing such pillars of the genre as Dracula, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for the very first time. So behold, our (occasionally) spookily-themed delve into our personal cinematic lists of shame!...
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Tonight we recommend arguably the two most influential horror films in history The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) predates the first Dracula film by three years and is often recognized as the first psychological horror film by cinema aficionados. Yet its contribution is more fundamental Cabinet is the first featurelength horror film. Next we suggest a wellknown favorite that no October list would be complete without (regardless of the overall theme) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) »
On this day in 1924 The Hands of Orlac premiered in Germany. Five years after creating the architecture from which all cinematic horror would be derived with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Wiene returned to the emerging genre to help lay one of the cornerstones. Although not as widely known as his first silent masterpiece The Hands of Orlac would radiate fear and horror purely through the conveyed experience of Orlac without resorting to monsters or scary imagery independent of the actor. »
The hit sound film The Jazz Singer (1927), starring Al Jolson and directed by Alan Crosland, fueled the mainstream appetite for newfangled "talkies"... and brought on the death throes of the ol' fashioned silent film. Over the next few years, silent motion picture production around the world slowed, withered, and died. Before this era came to a close, however, the horror genre took root, clawed its way into mainstream popularity, and spawned a wealth of atmospheric and unsettling thrillers. These films built the foundation upon which a century of horror movies would be constructed. The art of film was still in its infancy, and this silent era of experimentation gave rise to some of the most striking and fascinating horror movies ever made. While Germany would soon rise to dominate horror of the silent era, Italy helped get the ball rolling with their first feature length film, Dante's Inferno (1911), directed by Giuseppe de Liguoro. »
- Eric Stanze
Eleanor Parker: Palm Springs resident turns 91 today Eleanor Parker turns 91 today. The three-time Oscar nominee (Caged, 1950; Detective Story, 1951; Interrupted Melody, 1955) and Palm Springs resident is Turner Classic Movies’ Star of the Month of June 2013. Earlier this month, TCM showed a few dozen Eleanor Parker movies, from her days at Warner Bros. in the ’40s to her later career as a top Hollywood supporting player. (Photo: Publicity shot of Eleanor Parker in An American Dream.) Missing from TCM’s movie series, however, was not only Eleanor Parker’s biggest box-office it — The Sound of Music, in which she steals the show from both Julie Andrews and the Alps — but also what according to several sources is her very first movie role: a bit part in Raoul Walsh’s They Died with Their Boots On, a 1941 Western starring Errol Flynn as a dashingly handsome and all-around-good-guy-ish General George Armstrong Custer. Olivia de Havilland »
- Andre Soares
The 1980 film Maniac was a Z-grade slasher film, more or less, trying to make a quick buck in the era of Halloween and Friday the 13th. It is not immediately apparent why Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) would want to produce a remake of it, nor is it immediately apparent what French director Franck Khalfoun is trying to say with that remake. All that is apparent is this: you won’t see another film like Maniac this year, and you will not want to.
Elijah Wood is the titular serial killer, Frank, and the cold open has him stalk and murder a club-hopping young woman in a sequence shot entirely from Frank’s point of view. It is a chilling, gruesome scene to watch, and as the title card Maniac appears on-screen »
- Mark Young
World War Z, directed by Marc Forster (Monster's Ball, Stranger Than Fiction, Quantum Of Solace) may be the most talked-about non-comedy zombie flick to come along in over a decade. When it hits theaters on June 21st, horror fans will decide whether or not World War Z is an inventive game-changer in the trajectory of the zombie sub-genre. While we count down the days, let's spotlight the zombie movies that are already infamous as game-changers... the most influential zombie films in cinema history. Presented here in order of release, these were the movies that re-set the rules, re-defined the motion picture zombie, and re-routed the evolution of the living dead on film.
White Zombie (1932)
Director: Victor Halperin
The Thomas Edison / J. Searle Dawley short film Frankenstein put the undead on film in 1910. Robert Wiene's The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari was groundbreaking and influential on multiple levels in 1920. This masterpiece »
- Eric Stanze
Even casual horror fans are familiar with the silent Universal classics The Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which starred the legendary “Man of a Thousand Faces” Lon Chaney, Sr. in his two most iconic screen roles. The box-office success of those two films led the studio in 1928 to adapt The Man Who Laughs, a story by Hunchback author Victor Hugo, into one of their first sound productions, with music and sound effects (but no recorded dialog). While Chaney did not return for this one (he was under contract to MGM by that time), the lead role was taken on by another screen legend, Conrad Veidt – best remembered by horror fans as the creepy sleepwalker Cesare in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Just as in Hunchback, the title character here is not technically a “monster,” but a sympathetic figure who happens to be horribly disfigured... but like the grotesque Quasimodo, »
- Gregory Burkart
The first incarnation of any big event is bound to experience a few hiccups, but having recently returned from the inaugural Stanley Film Fest in Estes Park, Colorado, I feel confident in reporting that the biggest issue I encountered was slow service at the Sunday morning horror-themed brunch. It wouldn’t have been a problem, but these were Carrie pancakes I was waiting on complete with a bucket of red berry syrup! I ultimately had to leave before my food arrived, but the reason why was the same reason I was at the fest in the first place. I was there to see movies. This first year saw 24 feature films play, and while that may not sound like a lot, it was more than enough to fill up a single-weekend festival. I only managed to see eleven over the three days, and the titles available ranged from well-regarded horror films from years past, including »
- Rob Hunter
Netflix has a healthy streaming selection of T.V. and film from the most established genres to indie and foreign films. Today we’ll be looking at 10 gems you can stream on Netflix now. I decided not to include TV or documentaries, as those should be in a list of their own. Some films that were to be on this list had to be removed due to their streaming status being changed as of April, 30th. Dr. No, Adaptation, and Mulholland Dr. were three that were removed but will be streaming until May 1st.
So, what makes a gem? For the purposes of this list a gem is a film that stands out among other films of the same genre, and often becomes a work that other subsequent works are, in one way or another, measured against, or compared to. A film gem can be a film that has stood the test of time, »
- Frank Espinoza
This can be filed under Wow news piece of the day. Already looking to be one of the coolest horror film festivals of the year with tons of screenings/guests, Philip Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival just upped the ante Bigtime with the announcement that legendary Italian horror rockers Goblin are going to be performing their amazing score for Dario Argento’s 1977 filmSUSPIRIA live at the festival! This marks Goblin’s First Us performance!
“It’s exactly six months before horror and metal collide in Central Texas at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival – the ultimate 3-day, underground fan event celebrating the twisted line where horror films and heavy metal meet. Today, festival creators – legendary metal frontman Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell – announce that influential Italian progressive rock band Goblin will be performing their iconic score to Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece, Suspiria, live at Housecore Horror Film Festival. »
Fans of European horror movies – especially from the '70s and '80s – are probably on an intimate basis with the Italian rock band Goblin. Their most famous and memorable works include the scores for George Romero's epic Dawn of the Dead and Dario Argento's 1977 classic Suspiria – one of the loudest, weirdest and most terrifying film soundtracks ever created. While Goblin has been active in various incarnations since their foundation in the mid-'70s, and core member Claudio Simonetti has played their music at Us shows with his side project Daemonia, Goblin's original co-founders – Simonetti and Maurizio Guarini – have never performed together in North America. But that's all changing this October, when they bring the full Goblin lineup to perform the entire Suspiria score live at the first Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The brainchild of metal icon Phil Anselmo (Pantera) and bestselling true-crime author Corey Mitchell »
- Gregory Burkart
Horror fans... you may just want to start booking flights to Austin now as you're reading this because this is the type of announcement that simply does not happen every day. Hell, it doesn't happen every decade! Goblin is U.S. bound to perform Suspiria Live with the movie!
From the Press Release
It’s exactly six months before horror and metal collide in Central Texas at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival – the ultimate three-day, underground fan event celebrating the twisted line where horror films and heavy metal meet – taking place in Austin, Texas, the weekend of October 25-27, 2013. Today festival creators – legendary metal frontman Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell – announce that influential Italian progressive rock band Goblin will be performing their iconic score to Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece Suspiria live at Housecore Horror Film Festival.
Marking their first-ever performance in North America, »
- Uncle Creepy
It’s not often that we cover music news, but this one’s too good to pass up on and we know there are Daily Dead readers who will be interested in attending this event. It has just been announced that Maurizio Guarini and Claudio Simonetti will perform the soundtrack for Suspiria live during a screening of the film in Austin:
Austin, Texas—It’s exactly six months before horror and metal collide in Central Texas at the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival – the ultimate 3-day, underground fan event celebrating the twisted line where horror films and heavy metal meet. Today, festival creators – legendary metal frontman Philip H. Anselmo and best-selling true crime author Corey Mitchell – announce that influential Italian progressive rock band Goblin will be performing their iconic score to Dario Argento’s 1977 horror masterpiece, Suspiria, live at Housecore Horror Film Festival.
Marking their first-ever performance in North America, »
- Jonathan James
The line-up for this year’s Dundead film festival has been announced.
The festival, now in its third year, offers genre fans living in Dundee and the surrounding areas an opportunity to see a mixture of old and upcoming horror films at Dundee Contemporary Arts over a four day period, May 2 – 5, 2013.
This year’s festival will open with the UK premiere of Would You Rather, David Guy Levy’s twisted psychological thriller, and close with a preview screening of The ABC’s of Death, an anthology film containing 26 shorts (one for each letter of the alphabet) by 26 different directors.
The line-up also includes preview screenings of John Dies At The End, The Hidden Face, The Lords Of Salem and Kiss Of The Damned, while three of director Brian De Palma’s films will be screened as part of a mini retrospective.
In addition, for those looking for something a little different, »
- Jamie Neish
When looking at film locations it would be shameful if the settings in the infamous German Expressionism movement were to be overlooked. A number of movements and directors over the years have Expressionism to thank. There is so much to say about this movement from the wonderful films that were born out of it, to the microelements that can still be seen in cinema today. However, what stands out the most are the incredible film sets.
German Expressionism as an art form was the response to the bleak reality of daily life. In the 1920s German films were developing a distinctive style, the emphasis of these films was placed on presenting an expressive, imaginative point of view opposed to everyday life. Cinema worked as a way to represent a reality the German public could only imagine and the films present a world violently distorted from the pressures of intense personal moods and emotions. »
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