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Writer Scott Snyder has created a name for himself in the comic book world with his Batman series and, lately, the ongoing horror comics, Wytches. Another series his fans adore is American Vampire, a genre bending reimagination of vampire folklore, mainly surrounding Skinner Sweet, a new breed of the species who leaves a mark in various stages of American history. In one of the earlier issues, he saves an aspiring actress Pearl Jones during the 1920s silent film era after she is attacked by Hollywood vampires. She becomes a vampire herself, which leads to a life of revenge.
Episode seven of American Horror Story focused its energy on The Countess (Lady Gaga) and her journey to what made her the woman she is today. The Countess, it turns out, was an extra during the 1920s in Hollywood, lusting after Rudolph Valentino (Finn Wittrock, returning as a different, yet much more »
- Jovy Skol
Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of the overworked Western world's religious holidays. Thanks to them, besides Easter, Christmas, New Year's, and possibly Mardi Gras (a holiday in some countries), we also have Halloween, All Saints' Day, and the Day of Dead. The latter two are public holidays in a number of countries with large Catholic populations. Since today marks the end of the annual Halloween / All Saints' Day / Day of the Dead celebrations, I'm posting my revised and expanded list of the movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead. Of course, by that I don't mean the actors listed below were dead when the movies were made. »
- Andre Soares
It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Legendary filmmaker F.W. Murnau’s silent film mastepiece Faust is making it’s High Definition debut thanks to Kino Classics! Having released Murnau’s unforgettable horror classic Nosferatu two years ago as a lavish edition, Kino has restored the striking German Expressionist film from a archival 35mm elements, which is fancy for saying the transfer should look quite incredible. Also included is an alternate version of the film from 1930, which should serve as a nice curiosity for Faust fans. Hopefully this is a sign that another silent great The Last Laugh isn’t far off from a Blu-ray bow.
Faust streets from Kino Classics on DVD and Blu-ray, November 17th!
Piano score by Javier Pérez de Azpeitia,adapted from the 1926 orchestral arrangement by Paul Hensel Orchestral score by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, compiled from historic photoplay music The Language of Shadows: Faust, a 53-minute documentary »
- Justin Edwards
Special Mention: The Most Dangerous Game
Written by James Creelman
Genre: Survival Horror
The first of many official and unofficial screen versions of Richard Connell’s short story of the same name, The Most Dangerous Game was made in 1932, in the era known as “Pre-Code Hollywood,” a time when filmmakers were able to get away with sexual innuendo, illegal drug use, adultery, abortion, intense violence, homosexuality, and much more. It was during this time that a film like The Most Dangerous Game was allowed to be made and shown to the general public without fear of censorship. The film was put together by producer Willis O’Brien while in pre-production on King Kong, and features several of the same cast and crew members, as well as props and sets from Kong. Despite these obvious cost-cutting measures, Dangerous Game never feels like a second-rate production, »
- Ricky Fernandes
Special mention: Häxan
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshows to dramatized reenactments of alleged real-life events. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, and based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a fine examination of how superstition and the misunderstanding of mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. At the time, it was the most expensive Scandinavian film ever made, costing nearly 2 million Swedish krona. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered, at that time, graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion. Depending on which version you’re watching, the commentary is »
- Ricky Fernandes
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
The Conversation is a feature at PopOptiq bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their tenth piece, they discuss Guy Maddin’s fusion of silent-era horror and dance, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002).
Every autumn, I treat Halloween the way some Midwestern moms obsess over Thanksgiving or Christmas. Horror novels (last year, I finally read Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box and loved it), true crime documentaries, and an abundance of films make up the majority of my media diet for about six weeks. Over the past week, I’ve been re-reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and re-watching the glut of adaptations out there. I think I’ve finally dialed in my three favorite translations…in no particular ranking! Obviously, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) has a certain advantage from being the “first,” but it has »
- Landon Palmer
” Is this your wife? What a lovely throat!”
There’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by live music and I’d go as far as saying there’s nothing better than silent films accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. And I’ll go even farther by saying that there’s nothing better than the 1922 silent spooker Nosferatu accompanied by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra which is an event that will be taking place Wednesday night, October 28th at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten (3229 Washington Ave, St. Louis 63103). Doors open at 6pm and the movie unspools after dark!
Admission Is Free !!!
I’ve seen Nosferatu with live music before and have even shown a 25-minute cut of the film at my old monthly Super-8 Movie Madness show with live keyboard accompaniment (by the talented Linda Gurney), but seeing the full-length version near »
- Tom Stockman
Of all the monsters in the long history of cinema, no creature has been explored more often or in more detail than the vampire. From his cinematic genesis as a hideous rat-like creature in F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu to his numerous escapades as a romantic from Lugosi forward, the vampire has been explored from nearly every angle possible. As a result, when a film comes along with another look at the vampire myth and is touted as being new and different, I can't help but scoff a bit and prepare for disappointment. Argentinian filmmaker Ivan Noel may be a newcomer to these pages, but he's been working since 2008 and making some of Argentina's most talked about films. The fact that Children of the Night (original...
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On Halloween weekend, Nosferatu won't evoke terror or bring plagues upon unsuspecting townsfolk, but rather inspire a night of beautiful music. Also: an update on the Telluride Horror Show, Vampirella #1 and Syfy's Ominous release details, as well as Storm King Productions at New York Comic Con.
Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror: Press Release: "Over Halloween weekend, on Friday, October 30, at 8 p.m., the Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart, in collaboration with Berklee College of Music, will bring the classic 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror to the Symphony Hall stage, with an entirely new full symphonic score composed by Berklee’s finest student film composers. Nosferatu on Halloween is a groundbreaking, unprecedented collaborative project in which eight of Berklee’s finest student film composers will write a full-length symphonic score, under the direction of Professor of Film Scoring Sheldon Mirowitz, for what is widely considered »
- Tamika Jones
When I was a kid, I used to love a scary movie. I remember catching the original The Haunting (1963) one night on Channel 9’s Million Dollar Movie when I was home alone. Before it was over, I had every light in the house on. When my mother got home she was screaming she’d been able to see the house glowing from two blocks away. The only thing screaming louder than her was the electricity meter.
That was something of an accomplishment, scaring me like that. Oh, it’s not that I was hard to scare (I still don’t like going down into a dark cellar). But, in those days, the movies didn’t have much to scare you with. Back as far as the 50s, you might find your odd dismemberment and impaling, even an occasional decapitation, but, generally, the rule of the day was restraint. Even those rare dismemberments, »
- Bill Mesce
If you’re like me, you can spend hours and hours scrolling through Netflix Instant while you try to pinpoint the perfect movie to watch. With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it might be helpful to provide you guys with 31 great horror and sci-fi movies that are currently available to stream—one for every day of October.
Here’s a look at over 30 great genre films that should get you in the Halloween spirit over the next month and are currently available to stream on Netflix Instant.
Two centuries after her execution, condemned witch Princess Asa returns from the dead to wreak vengeance on her killer’s family.
Louis finds a burial ground that brings the dead back to life—yet with an added streak of evil. Tragedy soon forces Louis to use the site’s powers.
- Heather Wixson
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
A24 made The Witch release announcement today via Twitter:
There is evil in the wood. And it's almost time to let it out. #TheWitch – This February pic.twitter.com/n5QQRfZG4Q
— A24 (@A24) September 24, 2015
"In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively brought together to tell the intimate and riveting story of one family »
- Derek Anderson
” Is this your wife? What a lovely throat!”
Nosferatu (1922) screens Thursday September 3rd at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks
Released in 1922, Nosferatu was essentially an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. Disguising the film under different names and details, this Dracula story portrays Count Orlock negotiating a move to Bremen in Germany with realtor Thomas Hutter, and like the plagued-diseased rats of history, Count Orlock is a harbinger of death, bringing a great darkness with him in as he obsessively pursues the neck of Hutter’s wife and brings death and menace to the people of Bremen.
Masterfully directed by F W Murnau, Nosferatu features timeless images of the nocturnal blood sucker gravitating through the shadows – the epitome being the iconic shot of the shadow ascending the stairs, as one with the dark – an image that will send chills down your spine. Max Schreck’s Count Orlock grotesques all »
- Tom Stockman
The Witch will make its Canadian premiere at next month's Tiff, which runs from September 10th–20th. It was recently announced that Eggers is set to pen and direct the remake of F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu, and his work on the critically acclaimed The Witch certainly helped line him up for that gig.
Synopsis: "New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director »
- Derek Anderson
Filmmaker Robert Eggers made a major splash earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, taking home Best Director honours for his debut feature, which made its World Premiere at the festival.
Titled The Witch, the film is not only Eggers’ feature-length directorial debut, it’s also his feature-length screenwriting debut. The first trailer for the movie, which stars Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ralph Ineson, has now been released.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. ‘The Witch’ is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.
Based on the film’s reception at Sundance, Eggers was »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you're a horror hound and you're planning on attending this year's Toronto International Film Festival, then you'll likely want to grab a seat for a newly added "Special Presentation" to the festival: Robert Eggers' The Witch.
The Witch will make its Canadian premiere at next month's Tiff, which runs from September 10th–20th. No official screening date has been revealed yet. The feature film directorial debut from Eggers, The Witch follows a New England family in colonial days who encounter something strange within the woods.
Robert Eggers, USA/Canada Canadian Premiere
A colonial family leaves plantation life and attempts to reap their harvest on a fledgling farm at the edge »
- Derek Anderson
Another day, another remake. This time they're digging deep and remaking a horror classic from the early years of cinema. Deadline reports that Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 will be remaking F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent film masterpiece Nosferatu, and they've found a director who wants to bring back Dracula once again. The studio is bringing on filmmaker Robert Eggers, a writer turned director who broke out earlier this year with The Witch at the Sundance Film Festival (still yet to be released by A24). Eggers will write & direct the new Nosferatu, a fitting follow-up to The Witch and another chance for Eggers to show how talented he is. The original 1922 Nosferatu is considered one of the great horror classics. The silent masterpiece tells the story of the vampire Nosferatu who falls for a woman. This new take is being produced by Jay Van Hoy & Lars Knudsen’s Parts and Labor, »
- Alex Billington
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