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David Crow Dec 7, 2016
All of Tim Burton’s movies—or at least his best ones—have a touch of heightened, gothic decadence from the early 20th century about them. From the art deco affectation of urban hell in Batman to the melodramatic acting of Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. There is something old fashioned about his work. Yet for no film is this truer than Batman Returns, a haunting and sensuous tribute to the German Expressionism that informed many of Burton’s favorite horror movies.
In the 1930s, many expressionist directors emigrated to the United States to escape fascism, but their most undiluted work remained the shadowy and wordless masterpieces from an earlier age in the Weimar Republic. These films, often directed by the likes of F W Murnau and Fritz Lang, »
Everyone loves a good horror film. It’s the perfect way to top off a stormy night, snuggled up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn… for those who can handle the gore, anyway. Over the years, there have been a series of scary films to hit the silver screen, some of them worthy of iconic status, and others pure busts. Rather than focus on the duds, let’s focus on those which have made major contributions to the movie industry, resulting in household names for years to come.
The Original Dracula
Before the Twilight saga, and the countless takes on vampire films, there was one that started it all: Nosferatu. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula, the 1922 silent film depicts a slightly altered take on the original story. In fact, because the film could not obtain rights to the novel, it was forced to modify names, and other details. »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome back for Day 6 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For today’s offerings, we’re taking a look at some fun ideas from Diamond Select Toys, Dark Bunny Tees, artist Chad Savage, the soundtrack for Bob Clark’s Black Christmas, a Zombie Science Kit for kids (includes fart putty!), and so much more.
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help you get into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with Texas-based artist Dustin Pace of »
- Heather Wixson
NEWSRaoul Coutard shooting BreathlessThe great cinematographer Raoul Coutard, legendary for his work shooting Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, and also a collaborator of Philippe Garrel, Nagisa Oshima, Costa-Gavras and François Truffaut, has died at the age of 92.Keep film alive! The New York non-profit film organization Mono No Aware has launched a Kickstarter to fund "the nation's first ever non-profit motion picture lab." An ambitious and worthy goal!Two film projects in the works we're very excited about: Claire Denis' High Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Patricia Arquette and co-written by Zadie Smith, and Leos Carax's Annette, a musical to star Adam Driver (everywhere these days!) and Rooney Mara.The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the first part of its retrospective devoted to exiled Chilean fabulist Raúl Ruiz, which will include new digital restorations of Bérénice (1983) and The Golden Boat (1990), as well as 35mm prints of such »
Sometimes in life, you just win. The stars align, your hard work pays off, and suddenly you're face-to-face with a dream come true. That's how Robert Eggers seems to feel about his next project, a remake of Nosferatu. The Witch director took some time to chat with Indie Wire recently, where he gushed about how his next movie came together.
"[It’s shocking] to me,” Eggers told Iw. “It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do ‘Nosferatu’ next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out."
The Witch reportedly cost a mere $3 million to make, and ended up making $40.4 million worldwide while also notching a stellar 91% on Rotten Tomatoes- a rare feat for horror films. So when you have a film that sees that kind of success, great opportunities are bound to land on your lap.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Robert Eggers made a name for himself this year with his indie horror movie The Witch, which did fairly well at the box office but was an even bigger hit with critics. Now, he will be taking on a pretty big project, not so much in terms of scope but in terms of the expectations that will surely be placed on it. The director has confirmed that his next movie will be a remake of the all-time classic German vampire movie Nosferatu.
The Witch director was recently a guest on the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. During the course of the interview, Robert Eggers confirmed that the Nosferatu remake will be his next movie, with the project in development since last summer. Here is what he had to say about it.
"[It's shocking] to me. It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. »
Back in July of last year it was revealed that The Witch director Robert Eggers had signed on to direct a studio remake of F.W. Murnau’s silent horror masterpiece Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, and now the filmmaker has confirmed to IndieWire that it will be his next project.
“[It’s shocking] to me,” said Eggers. “It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
Eggers’ take is not the only Nosferatu remake in the works, as David Lee Fisher (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) has also shot a “remix” of the film, which sees Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy) starring as Count Orlok. »
- Gary Collinson
After causing quite a stir with his horror film The Witch, which was divisive, to say the least, director Robert Eggers is staying firmly in the genre which put him on the map. That’s because he’s set to remake the classic horror flick Nosferatu. He’s been attached to it for a while now, actually, but it was only recently that he confirmed he’d be doing it as his next project.
“[It’s shocking] to me,” Eggers said. “It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do Nosferatu next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
Having been a fan of F.W. Murnau’s 1922 classic since his childhood, Eggers actually directed a version of it for his senior play, which led to a local theatre owner hiring him to “re-stage the play professionally.”
- Josh Wilding
Robert Eggers, the writer/director behind the indie horror hit “The Witch,” confirmed with IndieWire that his next film will be the remake of “Nosferatu” for former Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8. While a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, Eggers said he never intended for his next film to be a remake of the 1922 iconic horror classic by the legendary German director F. W. Murnau.
“[It’s shocking] to me,” said Eggers. “It feels ugly and blasphemous and egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to do ‘Nosferatu’ next. I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
Eggers’ history with the vampire story of Count Orlok, played by Max Schreck, goes back a long way. Growing up, he was hooked on classic horror »
- Chris O'Falt
The seventeenth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) from October 24 - November 22, 2016 in the United States.Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888-1931) liked to compare film with architecture. And from his earliest works, we see a strong pictorial intelligence at work, carefully marrying the architectural characteristics of a location or set with the further geometry imposed upon these given elements by the choice of camera angle. This amounted to far more than a flashy, modish expressionism of stark, plunging lines of intersecting walls, or actors inching along the diagonals of a frame; it became the basis for an entire, integrated system of mise en scène. What Murnau aimed for, above all, was not static, painterly effects but what he called a dynamic ‘mobile architecture’ specific to cinema.This quality of mobile architecture is what Éric Rohmer »
Yesterday, amid a crush of sweaty people desperate for last-minute props, I visited a local Halloween superstore with my daughter, looking for a Pikachu mask. Well, there wasn’t much to choose from in the Cute Kid Division. But this particular hall of Halloween hell definitely had the adult sensibility covered. Of course there were the usual skimpy or otherwise outrageous costumes for purchase —ladies, you can dress up like a sexy Kim Kardashian-esque vampire out for a night of Hollywood clubbing, and gents, how about impressing all the sexy Kim Kardashian vampires at your party by dressing up like a walking, talking matched set of cock and balls! It’s been a while since I’ve shopped for fake tools of terror, but it seems there’s been a real advance in sophistication in the market for “Leatherface-approved” (I swear) chainsaws with moving parts and authentic revving noises, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
St. Louis-area movie geeks will have two opportunities this week to see the 1922 silent vampire classic Nosferatu accompanied by live music. The first is Thursday night, October 20th at Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Midtown Brewery & Biergarten (3229 Washington Ave, St. Louis 63103) with music by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra (more details on that event Here). And then if you can’t get enough of Count Orlock and his little rat-faced antics, head over to Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood) at 7:30 Saturday night October 22nd for a screening accompanied by the Austin, Texas-based group The Invincible Czars.
The Invincible Czars
An unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nosferatu is the quintessential silent vampire film. Rather than depicting Dracula as a shape-shifting monster or charming gentleman, director Murnau’s Graf Orlok (Max Schreck) is a nightmarish, spidery creature with a disfigured head and fierce looking claws. »
- Tom Stockman
” 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 Thursday night, October 20th 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
For many, October is a time for zombie flicks, slasher gore, and other horror films to help get in the mood for Halloween. With several film festivals and conventions catering to monsters and mayhem, Georgians have numerous options when it comes to finding obscure and independent scary movie selections. To help you dig up some scares, here’s a list of horror film festivals in and around Atlanta, a city known for zombies and other strange things. Monsterama (Oct. 7–9)The third annual Monsterama convention celebrates classic horror films with monster makeup panels, photo ops with actors, and 16-millimeter monster movie screenings. Films being shown over the course of the weekend include “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” with live commentary by vampire author John Edgar Browning; “Nosferatu,” with a live score performed by Valentine Wolfe; and a Silver Scream SpookShow showing of “Starcrash” hosted by Professor Morté and the film’s star Caroline Munro. »
Madrid — Two of Spain’s most anticipated titles of the year – Alberto Rodriguez’s true-life Spanish espionage expose “Smoke & Mirrors” and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s serial-killer procedural “May God Save Us” – will world premiere in main competition at the 64th San Sebastian Festival.
Also competing at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world: Romantic dramedy “La Reconquista,” a first big fest bow for Jonas Trueba, an engaging, audience-friendly arthouse auteur..
Starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones, Spaniard Juan Antonio Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” will celebrate its European premiere at San Sebastian, screening out of competition, as announced last week.
Presented Thursday in Madrid, the 11 Spanish features selected for this year’s San Sebastian invite several off-the-cuff conclusions. First, eight are world premieres: The large spread of fresh films from Spain remains one of San Sebastian’s biggest lures.
Again, Spanish producers used to think thrice before premiering »
- John Hopewell
Summer just officially started just a few days ago, so Halloween is months away. Perhaps a great way to get us cooled off, to put us in a Fall state of mind, would be to pay a visit to one of the oldest horror movie icons: the vampire. Everyone’s aware of how scary those fanged fiends can be, but you may have forgotten how funny they are (intentionally, of course). Movie audiences have emitted nervous laughter ever since Max Schreck emerged from the shadows in the silent classic Nosferatu. And certainly there are bits (and bites) of humor (mostly comic relief supporting players) in 1931’s Dracula and Mark Of The Vampire, both with Bela Lugosi. It wasn’t until 1948 that he was in an all out farce (though the Count is never lampooned) in Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein. After Hammer Studios brought back (in full gory color) the bloodsuckers ten years later, »
- Jim Batts
The Kickstarter-funded project is being directed by David Lee Fisher (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and is described as a “remix” of the 1922 movie, which will feature a blend of live-action footage combined with colorized digital backgrounds recreated from the original film.
This is not the only remake of Nosferatu on the horizon, with Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8 tapping The Witch director Robert Eggers to helm a version, although there’s no word yet as to when that project might move forward.
- Gary Collinson
Jones has scored the title role in "Nosferatu," David Lee Fisher's upcoming remake of F.W. Murnau's iconic 1922 silent German expressionist horror film - considered the first true vampire film ever made.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Max Schreck’s haunting portrayal of Count Orlok in Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror has provided nightmare fuel for nearly one century. To further immortalize Schreck’s performance and appearance in F.W. Murnau’s classic film, Black Heart has created a new life-size bust of Schreck’s legendary vampire.
Now available to pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles for $649.99, Black Heart’s Count Orlok life-size bust is expected to ship between May–June 2016. The collectible stands 21 inches tall, has a 12-inch width, and weighs in at 16 pounds.
Below, we have details and photos of the Nosferatu bust, and to learn more, visit:
From Sideshow Collectibles: “The first film based on Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, Dracula is Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. This German Expressionist silent-era horror film, directed by F.W. Murnau, stars Max Schreck as the vampire, Count Orlok.
The look of Schreck’s vampire frightened movie audiences. »
- Derek Anderson
Before David Bowie became a massive international rock icon, he logged his first movie role in Michael Armstrong's The Image, an obscure, black-and-white short horror film that has just been officially released for the first time online by the Wall Street Journal. Directed by Michael Armstrong, who could go on to helm such cult horror movies as Mark of the Devil and House of the Long Shadows, the film stars then-unknown actor Michael Byrne as an artist whose painting of a young man seemingly comes to life. Bowie was just 20 years old when the film was released and is magnetic as the elegant ghoul who torments his creator. “It got an X-certificate. I think it was the first short that got an X-certificate. For its violence, which in itself was extraordinary,” Armstong told the Wall Street Journal, which was given permission to post the film in its entirety by the David Bowie Archive. »
- Chris Eggertsen
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