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Let me tell ya, creeps, nothin’ gets the ol’ Xiii’s motor hummin’ quite like a fright flick that is more akin to a fever dream than one of yer more pedestrian linear narratives. And for my money (roughly equivalent to $1.32 Us cash and a third party, out of state, presumably bad check for $16.45), no one does it better than Director Dante Tomaselli! So, before we begin our regularly scheduled revoltin’ reviews (this week featuring Varsity Blood, Jersey Shore Massacre and The Possession Of Michael King) and other assorted jackanappery, let’s check in with ol’ Dante to see what bats stir in his belfry of the damned!
Famous Monsters. Since Famous Monsters is a monster mag of world renown (besides being a website full o’ great guys gals and ghouls), what putrid periodicals did you enjoy in yer frightful formative years?
Dante Tomaselli. Creepy and Eerie were sold at »
- Daniel Wilder
Director: F.W. Murnau
Running Time: 107 minutes
The most marvelous thing about revisiting films of the silent era is that you are exposed to films where the visuals take precedent and yet character and plot are not sacrificed. Faust, one of the many classics from Nosferatu director F.W. Murnau, takes the famous German folktale and presents it as spectacle and really pushes the boundaries of what films were capable of.
The story sees a demon, Mephisto (Jannings), wager that he can corrupt the soul of a mortal, Faust (Ekman). From there, the film looks at the hardships of humans and whether faith is possible in the darkest of times. Murnau does an excellent job of visualising temptation, whether it be for love or youth, and this stirring »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Here we are at what is a surprisingly modern list. At the beginning of this, I didn’t expect to see so much cultural impact coming from films so recently made, but that’s the way it goes. The films that define the horror genre aren’t necessarily the scariest or the most expensive or even the best. The films that define the genre point to a movement – movies that changed the game and influenced all the films after it. Movies that transcend the horror genre. Movies that broke the mold and changed the way horror can be created.
10. El laberinto del fauno (2006)
English Language Title: Pan’s Labyrinth
Directed by: Gullermo del Toro
It’s more a dark fantasy film than a horror film, but it would be tough to make a list of 50 of those. Plus, it has enough graphic, nightmarish images to push it over the threshold. »
- Joshua Gaul
Looking up at the stars in the night sky might lead a horror fan to think of movies like Alien, Lifeforce, or even Night of the Creeps, but the UK studio Dorothy is placing fright films like Nosferatu, The Exorcist, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre into their own artificial starry space with the release of a sky map filled with constellations formed by the titles and stars of 135 classic horror films.
Available from the UK for £25 as the regular edition or for £125 in the limited edition glow-in-the-dark version (limited to only 170 copies), the Horror Star Chart is composed of 135 horror films (and a few TV shows) that are either preserved in the Us National Film Registry or are personal favorites of the creators at Dorothy. The names of the horror movies and their stars have been arranged in an identical fashion to what the night sky looked like over »
- Derek Anderson
Here at Dread Central we're big fans of horror-inspired artwork, which talented fans have for the last few years been doing an absolutely bang-up job at delivering. Today a highly unique piece of art has come to our attention, which we guarantee you is like nothing you've ever hung up on your bedroom wall in the past!
This week The Dorothy Collective has released what they're referring to as a "Horror Star Chart," mapping 135 classic and influential horror films and honoring the men and women who brought them to life. I'll allow the website to explain...
A two-color litho print, the Horror Star Chart is based on the night sky over Berlin Zoological Gardens on 4th March, 1922 during the premier of F.W. Murnau’s silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is recognised as a masterpiece of cinema, inspiring film makers and directors for generations to come (including Hitchcock).
The star chart »
- John Squires
Vampire. Envision the creature. Do you picture the classic cloaked version? Or the frilly shirt-wearing kind? Or the feral? Or god forbid the sparkly ones? Vampires come in all shapes and sizes, and with Rigor Mortis coming to Blu-ray and DVD on July 8th, we decided to take a look at some of our favorites.
Ever since Bram Stoker brought us Dracula, filmmakers and storytellers have been modifying vamps and making them into all sorts of unique beasties. Some are pretty and some are really, really ugly… but they all drink blood and use humans like we use cattle.
Rigor Mortis features a very unique type of vampire, and it's always fun to see a creature that expands the legend.
So let's take a look at some of the coolest types of vampires that have come into our lives.
For starters, we'll begin with the classic vampire. And what do we mean by "classic" vampire? »
- Scott Hallam
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details from Kadence and soon-to-be feature length film, Headless, a new Phantasmagoria poster, a teaser video for Bad Kids Go 2 Hell, a review of The Well, and more:
First Details on Kadence: “Still reeling from the loss of his mother, a damaging and complex relationship with his father, and a relentless battle with his own inner demons, Kadin’s  grip on reality is loosening by the day. Amid this struggle comes an enigmatic and brazen new neighbor, Marissa , who, along with the promise of a budding new friendship gives Kadin an ancient voodoo doll. Her reassurance is seductive and the promise of a brighter future leads Kadin to make a sinister choice.
Kadence, a short film blending psychological horror with a chilling character drama that could »
- Tamika Jones
Vampires have been a solid fixture in fiction ever since Bram Stoker first put pen to paper. The first film outing was with Nosferatu, a blatant rip-off of Dracula. Since then there has been a steady stream of books turned to films, with classics such as Interview With The Vampire and the not-so-classic Twilight being given the big screen adaptation.
This week sees another vamp-book become a film with Vampire Academy. The books, written by Richelle Mead, follow Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir (half-human, half-vampire) girl training to be a bodyguard for best-friend Lissa, a Moroi (a peaceful mortal vampire). Morois need protectors from the Strigoi (evil undead vampires). Whilst undergoing her training she becomes romantically entangled with her instructor.
The idea of an academy filled with vamps excited us, so we started to dream up the perfect academy of vamps comprised of the cream of the vampire crop, from television and film. »
- Kat Smith
(This review pertains to the BFI UK Blu-ray release on Region 2 format)
By Paul Risker
When François Truffaut ordained Werner Herzog, “The most important filmmaker alive” wisdom would have suggested that there was not one film within his body of work to stand out as his most important. Only a body of work threaded together with consistency; a combination of great filmic works would warrant such a claim.
Following the infliction of National Socialism on the German artistic tradition and consciousness, Nosferatu the Vampyre is Werner Herzog reaching into the past to reconnect with his true cinematic roots. The film that he looked to was not only a masterpiece of German Expressionism, but more broadly of cinema – F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu. If Truffaut ordained Werner Herzog to be “The most important filmmaker alive” then Nosferatu the Vampyre is the arguably the filmmaker’s most important for this single reason.
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
It is always fun recalling the hair-raising scheming of bald bad guys in cinema. These hairless hooligans make for entertaining film fiends that take being naughty on the big screen to a whole new level of devilish delight. Whenever chaos and corruption is in the mix one can count on these balding bad apples to take it to the level of insanity. Now granted that there are other Bald Baddies of the Big Screen that are just as worthy as making anyone’s top ten list besides the selections that being profiled in this column. In any event, let’s just take a gander at the follicle-challenged foes in this serving of badness and baldness, shall we?
Here are The Top Ten Bald Baddies of the Big Screen (in alphabetical order):
1.) Ernst Stavro Blofeld from You Only Live Twice (1967)
There have been many menacing James Bond villains that have »
- Frank Ochieng
We love our vampires. There is no denying that. And whether they be the frilly shirt wearing kind or the pointy toothed Alaskan invaders, whatever form they come in, we eat them right up (pun definitely intended). In celebration of the VOD and limited theatrical release of the Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis, we bring you the Top 5 Foreign Vampire Films.
Definitely a unique experience, Rigor Mortis looks to make its mark as a memorable foreign vampire film itself.
But back to the topic at hand. We have a couple of honorable mentions to start off with, including (and we're speculating on this first one, but we know it's going to »
- Scott Hallam
Written and directed by Werner Herzog
Before he filmed his eccentric version of what makes a bad lieutenant, and before he fictionalized his documentary about Dieter needing to fly, Werner Herzog in 1979 wrote and directed a full-fledged remake of a silent film classic. His Nosferatu the Vampyre, an exceptionally faithful take on F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu from 1922, recalls the original in story, tenor, and potency. Not matter the subject, Herzog frequently manages to endow the mundane and banal with qualities of inherent peculiarity; here, working specifically within the horror genre, his capacity for the uncanny is as intoxicating as ever.
In a contemporary documentary about the making of the film, included as part of the newly released Blu-ray, Herzog declares Murnau’s picture to be “the most important film ever made in Germany.” That’s quite a statement, certainly a debatable one, but it is nevertheless »
- Jeremy Carr
With Nosferatu the Vampyre (aka Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht), Werner Herzog's allegiance to F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent feature Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens makes it even more intriguing than it would be were it wholly original. Murnau's film is striking for its imagery to the point it owns what may be the most iconic horror villain of all-time, even for those that have never seen the movie, as Max Schreck's spindly figure rises from the shadows as Graf Orlok (a variation on Bram Stoker's "Dracula"). Murnau's Nosferatu, however, can be a bit of a challenge to get through, even at 94 minutes, while Herzog's adaptation brings new life to the story, with frequent nods to the original and more than enough to make it all his own. Herzog, of course, was able to make his film without worry over the rights to Stoker's novel as it had entered »
- Brad Brevet
In 1979, prolific German filmmaker Werner Herzog gave us his own re-imagining of F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, which may arguably be one of his finest cinematic works. An evocative exercise in alienation and existential dread, Herzog masterfully tackles one of the greatest gothic stories ever with Nosferatu the Vampyre with the unforgettable (as always) Klaus Kinski as the titular blood-sucker.
While Herzog’s efforts draw a lot of inspiration from the original Nosferatu, he also smartly uses Bram Stoker’s original novel for his retelling in addition to his own wonderfully atmospheric storytelling sensibilities. Nosferatu the Vampyre starts off with the standard story set-up of Jonathan Harker (Bruno Ganz) being sent to the castle of Count Dracula (Kinski) in order to have him sign off on a land purchase in person. Harker hesitantly agrees to the dangerous trip, fueled by his desire to purchase a home for his beloved wife Lucy »
- Heather Wixson
★★★★☆Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski's creative partnerships are historic. The notorious temper of Kinski coupled with Herzog's grandiose pipe-dreaming made for bombastic on and offscreen affairs. It was hell for them and movie ecstasy for us. Their fiendish friendship circuited rather publicly from the early 1970s through to Kinski's woebegone death in 1991. Succeeding their debut collaboration, Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972), the actor swiftly established himself as a capricious pest and intimidator. This unfathomable energy and unhinged behaviour is encapsulated perfectly in the duo's follow-up, a moody and illusory homage to F.W. Murnau's time-honoured silent classic, Nosferatu (1922).
- CineVue UK
Werner Herzog's take on the infamous Nosferatu is one of those rare instances where the remake of a seminal cinematic work (in this case F.W. Murnau's in 1922) is equally as mesmerizing as the first go-around. What's more is that Herzog made two versions of his beguiling and expressionistic Nosferatu. With financial backing from 20th Century Fox and an international cast consisting of a pre-Possession Isabelle Adjani, a young (and nearly fully haired) Bruno Ganz and the unparalleled Klaus Kinski as the vampire, Herzog shot major passages of dialog first in English (to appease those cigar chomping fat cats) and then in German. The result are two slightly different versions: Nosferatu The Vampyre and Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. So not only is The Cinefamily screening...
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By Lee Pfeiffer
The year 1979 was a good one for vampires, cinematically speaking. John Badham's version of "Dracula" premiered starring Frank Langella in the film version of his Broadway hit, George Hamilton had a surprise success with the spoof "Love At First Bite" and German director Werner Herzog unveiled his remake of the classic German silent horror movie "Nosferatu: The Vampyre". The original version by director F.W. Murnau is still regarded by many as the greatest horror movie ever made. Indeed, the mere sight of the film's star Max Schreck (who was as eerie in real life as he was on screen) is enough to give you nightmares. Herzog's version was not only the best of the vampire films released in 1979, it is a fitting homage to the Murnau classic. Working with a relatively extravagant budget, Herzog produced a film that is eerie and unsettling. He refrains from going for quick shocks, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
There's something more chilling about movies based on true events. Knowing that at least some version of what you're seeing on the screen actually happened in real life makes the movie more powerful. With the upcoming release of The Quiet Ones, we decided to reminisce about other movies based on horrific real life events.
The Quiet Ones is inspired by a true story of a university experiment done on a young girl that goes horribly, horribly wrong, so we focused on movies based on claims of supernatural true events.
There is a huge list of honorable mentions in this category. We could even break it down into sub-categories, like movies based on the antics of Ed Gein: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and Deranged. True crime reenactments: In Cold Blood, Helter Skelter and Zodiac just to name a few of the best. Even real »
- Scott Hallam
Soul or blood-sucking creatures have been a part of folklore for thousands of years, and the modern vampire myth grasped the imagination in the early 18th century and has never really left us since.
A striking retelling of the story came in 2004, with John Ajvide Lindqvist's stunning novel Let the Right One In - later adapted into Tomas Alfredson's 2008 Swedish film and Matt Reeves's 2010 English-language remake Let Me In.
5. Edward Cullen from Twilight
"I love Twilight. I used to live in Luton and had a Cineworld ticket thing, and I'd go along to those films in a Ghostbusters top so that all the teenage girls that were sitting around »
The Moon, the opposite of the sun, hovers over us by night, the opposite of day.
And indeed, when Matahi chases after her, the moon spreads its path on the sea.
He runs and swims after her, moving faster than a normal human being, defying the laws of gravity.
Miraculously, he catches up to the boat.
Thus, he must die, sinking back into a void…
…while ghost ships linger on in the distance…
…carrying another hopeless romantic, and a moving corpse—A second Nosferatu.
The moon is absent in Murnau’s earlier film, made nearly ten years before Tabu, but it is in the one he made nearly five years after Nosferatu, when George O’Brien leaves his wife for a midnight rendezvous with another woman.
And indeed, »
- Neil Bahadur
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