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Wannabes, backstabbers and creatures of the night – Lord Sugar will see you now
• The Apprentice episode one on iPlayer
Here we go again then, The Apprentice (BBC1), take nine. Lord Sugar is out and about in the Roller, twiddling his cufflinks and posing under the big tower at Canary Wharf – almost like he owns the bleedin' place, or at least actually works there in real life rather than in an insalubrious office block behind the railway station in Brentwood. An East End boy made good, he started with nothing and built an empire worth … yeah, all right, everyone knows that now, shut up.
Right, bring on the tossers. Zeeshaan says he takes inspiration from Napoleon; he's here to conquer. Jaz is half machine; she can process information at the speed of an Amstrad CPC464. Myles is business perfection personified. Jason's intelligence is like a machete in the jungle; it's just »
- Sam Wollaston
Well, Sound on Sight’s Locations Month is coming to a close. A lot of good articles about iconic locations have gone up. But there’s one left. The big one. One of the most iconic and enduring locations in both film and television.
That’s right kiddies, it’s time to talk about the Vasquez Rocks.
The rocks were formed roundabouts 25 million years ago by rapid erosion and the San Andreas Vault. That’s right, this one wasn’t cobbled together by no independent contractor or stage hand, oh no. This sucker was formed in the dawn of time by the hand of freakin’ God.
The rocks took their name from Tiburcio Vásquez, who was either a brave freedom fighter crusading against the oppressive white man or a thieving, murderous outlaw depending on who you ask. Vásquez was active around the 1870s and used the rocks as one of »
- Thomas O'Connor
Indie filmmaker Creep Creepersin is at it again. The prolific low budget film director is back, this time with a remake of the Bela Lugosi classic White Zombie. How'd it turn out? Watch the trailer for yourselves and let us know what you think.
The flick stars Elina Madison, Tony Slade, Mindy Robinson, Dean Mounir, Myles Crawford, Anne Montavon, Lea Vonn, Joseph Daniels, Tim Chizmar, Jake Osti, Edward Joyce, Adam Jaffe, and Creepersin himself as Murder Legendre.
The synopsis of the original 1932 film reads as follows...
Bela Lugosi followed up his star-making role in Dracula with this ambitious low-budget horror film from the Halperin brothers, who effectively transplanted the misty Gothic mood of the Universal horror films to their poverty-row studio. White Zombie drips with atmosphere from the opening, as eerie chanting accompanies the credits and Madeleine (Madge Bellamy) arrives at midnight to witness a mysterious burial before coming face »
- Uncle Creepy
There aren’t many worse things that can happen on a film production than your star dying; after all, how the Hell are you supposed to finish things when your protagonist can no longer appear on screen?
Though many filmmakers would simply abandon the film and admit defeat, in these 8 instances, a “never say never” attitude resulted in some shocking movies that either demonstrated inventive genius, or an incredible lack of taste, or just made us wish that the film had never been made. Many got up in arms about that rumour a few years back that George Lucas was going to use CGI to “resurrect” dead actors, but boy, that’s got nothing on these actual incidents…
From poor editing tricks to flat out lying to consumers about how much of their role the late star had actually filmed, situations like this can catch directors and producers at their most unscrupulous. »
- Shaun Munro
It's rare I feel the need to post an item announcing the sale of a particular DVD and/or Blu-ray set, but Universal's 100th Anniversary Collection is a pretty swanky item and Amazon is offering both the DVD and Blu-ray editions at an incredibly marked down rate. Included are 25 films, though there is one difference between the DVD and Blu-ray editions (Click Here). Included in both sets are the 24 films listed below, but the Blu-ray set includes the Spanish version of Bela Lugosi's 1931 Dracula while the DVD set includes Schindler's List, which has since been released on Blu-ray following the initial release of this set: Despicable Me Mamma Mia! The Movie The Bourne Identity The Fast and the Furious Apollo 13 Jurassic Park Do the Right Thing Field of Dreams Out of Africa Back to the Future The Breakfast Club Scarface E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial National Lampoon's Animal House Jaws »
- Brad Brevet
Originally titled "Dracula: Year Zero," the movie tells the origin story of the fabled character, also known as Prince Vlad. When his family's life is put in danger, he sacrifices his own soul to save them, becoming the first vampire.
The movie is being produced by Michael DeLuca, with Gary Shore, who previously worked in commercials, set to make his big screen directorial debut. "Dracula" isn't new territory for Universal Pictures, who made the 1931 version, with Bela Lugosi in the now-iconic role. The studio has been looking to remake the film for years, with reports going as far back as 2006.
No release date has been announced for the "Dracula" reboot. »
Univeral's Dracula, formerly Dracula Year Zero, the studio's monstrous origin story of the most famous of all vampires, has landed Luke Evans (The Raven) in the lead role. In his first starring studio role, Evans will play a young prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save his wife and child in this historically oriented take on the origin of the infamous vamp. Debut feature director Gary Shore, who earned his experience in the world of commercials, plans to start production on the film later this year. The film's producer Mike De Luca previously spoke with Steve a few years ago when the studio had pulled the plug on the picture due to budget issues. Hit the jump for more on Evans' role and to see what De Luca revealed about Dracula Year Zero. First up, Heat Vision reports that Evans will indeed take the starring role of Dracula Year Zero. »
- Dave Trumbore
People in horror movies do the darndest things, don't they? We've all had a "Don't go in there, you idiot!" moment or twelve while watching fright flicks. Horror sure does bring out the stupids.
This counter-intuitive behavior makes it seem like these folks are handing over their lives on a silver platter, so in honor of this weekend's "Evil Dead" let's celebrate the good, the bad and the dumber-than-a-bag-of-hammers of the genre. Appropriately enough, our first entry comes from that franchise.
15. Ash, 'Army of Darkness' (1992)
Body Donor: Bruce Campbell
Iq Fail: Even in the semi-serious first "Evil Dead" Campbell's Ash was a few french fries short of a Happy Meal, but by this third entry he had devolved into hubris incarnate. His buffoonery lands him in the Middle Ages, where he's forced to do battle with skeletons raised after he misspoke three lousy words he was supposed »
- Max Evry
In Robert Wiene’s 1920 dreamlike horror classic, veteran German actor Werner Krauss plays the mysterious Dr. Caligari, the apparent force behind a creepy somnambulist named Cesare and played by Conrad Veidt, who abducts beautiful Lil Dagover. The finale in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has inspired tons of movies and television shows, from Fritz Lang's 1944 film noir The Woman in the Window to the last episode of the TV series St. Elsewhere. In addition, the film shares some key elements in common (suppposedly as a result of a mere coincidence) with Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio's 2011 thriller Shutter Island. The 1920 crime melodrama Outside the Law is not in any way related to Rachid Bouchareb's 2010 political drama. Instead, the Tod Browning-directed movie is a well-made entry in the gangster genre (long before the explosion a decade later). Browning, best known for his early '30s efforts Dracula and Freaks, »
- Andre Soares
Author and master of the horror genre whose trademark was fear
When James Herbert published his first novel, The Rats (1974), at the age of 30, it was an immediate bestseller. Copies of the book – produced cheaply in paperback with a vicious-looking rodent on the cover, its jaws open and eyes bloodshot – flew off the shelves, the initial print run of 100,000 selling out in three weeks. Behind its cover star, the title was printed in bold, red type. Edition after edition came out and changes were subtly made. The rat remained but eventually it was the name of Herbert, who has died aged 69, that dominated the cover.
Herbert's early novels were literary nasties. The Rats opens with a tramp being devoured alive. Soon afterwards, a baby is killed and partly eaten before her mother can rescue the mutilated body. The Fog (1975) continued his uncompromisingly explicit, visceral exploration of horror. Innocent villagers and »
- Steve Holland
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. When Steve informed me that this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1934, I jumped at the chance to write about the »
- Tom Stockman
1931 was an epochal year for the horror genre. It saw the release of Dracula, then Frankenstein, arguably the most important one-two punch in horror history. These two films lit the fuse on the horror boom of the 1930s and established Universal as the predominant studio for supernatural thrills and chills. Perhaps more importantly, it introduced the world at large to Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, the most monumental icons the genre ever has or ever will see. Both blessed with enthralling screen presence, they gave off entirely different vibes and sported uniquely haunted appearances. In 1934, Universal got the bright idea to team up these contracted superstar boogeymen for a purported adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's short story, "The Black Cat" (read it here). A take on the tale in name only, The Black Cat stands eight decades later as the most stylish and controversial genre film released by any »
- Matt Risnes
Upon release in 1958, Hammer's Dracula was met with mostly derision and contempt by the British press, not least among the dissenters was the Guardian, whose slating of the film was often proudly quoted by Dracula's screenwriter Jimmy Sangster.
Now, more than half a century on, it's rightly regarded as a classic. Colour is what Hammer most notably added to Dracula. Before this, the story was best known by the monochrome Bela Lugosi/Universal Studios version, a film that didn't dare show any neck-biting (Lugosi didn't even have fangs). But with Hammer the blood started to flow, bright red, in the opening titles as it drips on to Dracula's coffin. However, what elevates this above most low-budget fare is the central performances from Peter Cushing (Van Helsing) and Christopher Lee (Count Dracula). Cushing is so unbelievably graceful, be it »
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is a monthly newspaper run by Steve DeBellis, a well know St. Louis historian, and it’s the largest one-man newspaper in the world. The concept of The Globe is that there is an old historic headline, then all the articles in that issue are written as though it’s the year that the headline is from. It’s an unusual concept but the paper is now in its 25th successful year! Steve and I collaborated last year on an all-Vincent Price issue of The Globe and I’ve been writing a regular movie-related column since. Since there is no on-line version of The Globe, I post all of my articles here at We Are Movie Geeks as well. When Steve informed me that this month’s St. Louis Globe-Democrat is written as if it’s 1934, I jumped at the oppurtunity to write about the »
- Tom Stockman
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Angelina Jolie is joining forces with the Coen Brothers. The award-winning siblings will pen the screenplay for Jolie’s next directing project Unbroken, adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s non-fiction bestseller of the same name.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence has dyed her hair jet black. Lawrence changed her look in preparation for reprising her role as Katniss Everdeen for some necessary Hunger Games: Catching Fire reshoots. I can’t wait to see this film!
Speaking of Lawrence (and I promise I’ll take a hiatus from covering her for awhile), the below clip from »
- Bridget McManus
Submit your vote for Reviewer of the Year!
Every year, the Classic Horror Film Board recognizes the best in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy realm with the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Fans of the genre can vote for their favorites in over thirty categories, and this year, Cinelinx would like to ask you to vote for one of our own, staff writer Victor Medina, as Reviewer of the Year (Category 29)! We've even included the ballot below so you can vote!
Votes must be submitted by copying and pasting the ballot into your personal email, making your choices, including your name, and sending it in. Votes for Reviewer of the Year are write-in only, so you must be sure to include Vic's name yourself under Category 29 when you vote. Pre-filled ballots are not allowed, so we can't do it for you! Remember, you must write in "Victor Medina, Cinelinx.com" yourself. »
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When Stoker arrives in theaters on March 1st, it does so with a new composition from Philip Glass. It's a piano piece called "Duet" and, in the film, it's performed by Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Glass has done quite a bit, of course, but horror fans know he composed the soundtrack to Bernard Rose's Candyman and Universal's Dracula (for a re-release).
You can listen to it inside.
Directed by Park Chan-wook, the film also stars Nicole Kidman and we're highly recommending you check it out!
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With young vampires taking big bites out of movie box office and TV ratings in the Twilight franchise, HBO’s True Blood and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries, the granddaddy of them all bloodsuckers, Count Dracula, is making a big comeback. TV history buffs may correct me but, while the legend of Dracula has been mined endlessly on the big screen going back to Bela Lugosi, I cannot think of a single live-action American series about Dracula (NBC’s super-short-lived 1979 series Cliffhangers featured a Curse Of Dracula segment, and the syndicated Dracula: The Series was Canadian). Next fall we may have three. First off is NBC’s straight-to-series drama Dracula, in pre-production for a possible fall launch. Set in 1890s London, it stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the Count and also features his archenemy, Abraham Van Helsing. At the time NBC’s Dracula was announced last summer, Starz said it is developing Vlad Dracula, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Feature Sarah Dobbs Jan 31, 2013
As the anniversary of his passing approaches, Sarah looks back over the career of Boris Karloff - one of cinema's true icons...
If there’s one classic movie star I’d love to have met, it’s Boris Karloff. Now, he’s mostly remembered for his breakthrough role in Universal’s 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein: if you close your eyes right now and imagine Karloff, chances are it’s in green face paint with bolts in either side of his neck. But there was a hell of a lot more to him than that.
Karloff was an amazingly talented actor who brought something special to just about every role he played, and it would have been amazing to get the chance to sit down and talk to him about his life and career, to get his perspective on fame, Hollywood, horror, acting, and all the rest of it. »
Directed by George Waggner
USA, 70 min – 1941.
“The way you walked was thorny through no fault of your own, but as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Now you will have peace for eternity.”
The Wolf Man is the classic horror flick, of the werewolf persuasion. It tells the story of practical son, Larry (Lon Chaney Jr.) returning to Britain, after his older brother and heir to an illustrious British title (which title, we do not know) has died. At castle Talbot, Larry meets his father, Sir John (Claude Rains), for the first time since moving to America eighteen years earlier. Their strained, ‘second son-father’ relationship is resolved rather quickly and Larry assumes his duties as heir, only distracted by the lovely, Gwen Conliffe (Evelyn Ankers). When Larry »
- Karen Bacellar
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