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Disney offers something close to genuine enchantment with this sparkling reworking of The Snow Queen
It's that time of year again. The time when our guardians turn to the moral education of the nation's young, raising vexed questions about the ideological agenda that drives their role models, the benefits of their educational texts, and the acute balance that must be struck between pedagogical substance and the public's eternal desire to see talking chipmunks. In other words: it's time for a new Disney movie.
It's a really good one, too, whose humming industry and multi-pixelated craft come lit by a spark of something close to genuine enchantment.
Loosely based on The Snow Queen, Frozen extracts from Hans Christian Andersen's 1845 tale the Nordic setting, some trolls and the basic idea of sub-zero sorcery but gives the powers of wintry transmogrification not to an evil queen, but to the elder of two sisters – blonde, »
- Tom Shone
Mad Monster Party (1967) is screening at 7pm Thursday, December 5th at Schlafly Bottleworks – 7260 Southwest Ave St Louis, Mo 63143. Doors open at 6:30pm. It’s a fundraiser for Helping Kids Together. Attend wearing a monster costume and you may win a DVD of the film!
“Rankin/Bass” is a moniker long associated with television for the company’s long line of animated specials, the best-known being Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which first aired in 1964. Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass brought their craft to the big screen the first with Willy McBean And His Magic Machine in 1965, which was a flop as were their primarily live-action Hans Christian Andersen musical The Daydreamer (1966) and the traditionally-animated The Wacky World Of Mother Goose (1967). While Rankin/Bass was soon to become a fixture in holiday television, a fact we were all reminded of every December, the studio tried once more for cinematic success »
- Tom Stockman
Books are often the source for some of the greatest film and television adaptations, but flip the scenario and it can be said that movies and TV can also be among the greatest sources for books. Behind the scenes nonfiction offers a peak behind the curtain of the dream factory. Art books often enhance a reader’s perspective of film and television. Companion books do both, expanding a reader’s attachment and understanding of the source material while giving a glimpse into the detailed world building of its creators. This past month, three books, Guillermo Del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities, Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2 and The Adventure Time Encyclopedia have each improved on the visual experience of the films and shows they celebrate.
Guillermo Del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities
Guillermo Del Toro is one of the most imaginative filmmakers working today. He is influenced by everything from Lovecraft, »
- Tony Nunes
Famous Monsters of Filmland was founded on monsters, aliens, and all things that go bump in the night and make one’s hair stand on end. From Universal to Hammer, FM existed to bring the world of horror and sci-fi fans together when there was no Internet and being a fan of such things was less than the social norm. We live in an era where everything is accessible, where every passion can be shared with like-minded people the world over. Bonds and friendships are forged over thousands of miles. Some of the best people I know, who I’m proud to call my best friends, I see maybe once every few years, or at various conventions if I’m lucky.
Things were not always thus. As much as I appreciate having near everything my little fanboy mind has ever desired, there is something to be said for the days »
- Dominic F
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
We have a few new posters for you today. First up, it's a blending of the character posters for David O. Russell's terrific-looking film, American Hustle. It doesn't pop off the page, but the font gives the uninitiated an understanding of the time period, and it doesn't hurt to have a glamorous Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence flanking your leading man. Far less glamorous and classy is the poster for the horror film Nurse 3D. I understand it's trying to evoke the art on World War II bombers, but the movie has nothing to do with that time period. It's just pandering, and not doing it very well. Finally, there's the poster for I, Frankenstein, which bears the tagline, "200 Years Later, He's Still Alive". Imagine Colin Clive (from the 1931 movie) shouting that line and it loses some of its potency. Hit the jump to check out the posters. American Hustle opens December 18th, »
- Matt Goldberg
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
With Halloween in the air, we thought it would be fun to reach out to the horror genre's biggest and brightest stars - both legends in the industry and up-and-coming superstars - to ask them two quick questions: What's your biggest fear, and what's your favorite scary movie? Read on for the results!
Some of the results will make you laugh. Some will make you shiver... and some, well some are just too funny for words. Sit back and get ready to hear from the likes of Anne Rice, John Carpenter, Robert Englund, the "Ghost Adventures" crew, cast members from "The Walking Dead," George A. Romero, and many - Many - more. Who knows? You may even find some new movies you should check out or at least revisit.
Let the scares begin!
1) I »
- Uncle Creepy
Define Gothic and Dracula immediately comes to mind. The high-arches and cobwebs, the creatures that scurry across the floor and the long drapes that falls from the ceilings – blood on the tips of fangs and white-skin like moonlight in the night. Kim Newman goes as far to state that 1931’s Dracula this “was the true beginning of the horror film as a distinct genre and the vampire movie as its most popular sub-genre”. Indeed, only in this month’s Empire magazine, they have noted how 31 actors have portrayed the fanged-villain – and Bela Lugosi’s unforgettable performance surely remains the most defining portrayal. The double bill of Dracula and The Mummy may initially appear to be connected by their supernatural content alone, but the Universal Horror films are joined by their »
- Gary Collinson
For a legendary monster makeup designer like Rick Baker, it’s no surprise that Halloween is his favorite holiday.
“Designing Halloween makeup looks for friends and family is one of my favorite things to do,” says Baker, who has taken home Oscars for designing the looks of the creatures in seven films, including “An American Werewolf in London,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Men In Black,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “The Wolfman.”
He’s long wanted to design his own makeup kit for Halloween after seeing what’s sold in stores during the season. “Most of the stuff you buy features a design on the package that’s impossible to re-create,” he says. “Even Rick Baker can’t do that makeup with that product.”
Mac Cosmetics gave Baker the chance to give consumers something better this year, by creating a collection that can be used to reproduce three looks – a zombie, »
- Marc Graser
Director, writer, producer, and actor Larry Fessenden has slogged his way to becoming a prominent force in the horror genre over the course of more than two decades. His first film to really start turning heads was the provocative thriller No Telling (1991). He secured his place on the horror film map by writing, directing, and starring in the gritty vampire nightmare Habit (1995), which was followed by Wendigo (2001) and The Last Winter (2006).
His acting roles have ranged from brief glimpses in films like Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead (1999), Brad Anderson's Session 9 (2001), Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers (2005), and Neil Jordan’s The Brave One (2007), to leading roles in Glenn McQuaid's I Sell The Dead (2008) and Chad Crawford Kinkle's Jug Face (2013). Fessenden can also be spotted in this year's You’re Next, directed by Adam Wingard, Hellbenders, directed by J.T. Petty, and We Are What We Are, »
- Eric Stanze
More news is coming out of the sexy creatures who populate the hallways of the Scream Factory. Two more Blu-rays are on their way which deserve a spot in your collection and on your shelf. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for a generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with the “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie. »
- Uncle Creepy
“It’s time to unleash our primal animal nature and succumb to the unbridled cravings for generous dose of suspense, unspeakable desires and good old-fashioned horror storytelling! On January 21, 2014, Scream Factory™ is proud to present the provocative 1982 thriller Cat People Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™. Directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), this memorable cult hit is a remake of 1942 Jacque Tourneur horror noir classic. The all-star cast includes Nastassja Kinski (Tess, Savior), Malcolm McDowell ( A Clockwork Orange), John Heard (Prison Break, The Sopranos), Annette O’Toole (48 hrs), and features music by Giorgio Morotor (Top Gun, Flash Dance) with “Cat People” theme sung by legendary artist David Bowie.
For the first time ever on Blu-ray, this definitive collector’s edition of Cat People features anamorphic »
- Jonathan James
By Søren Hough
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Few things have aided the rise of horror on television more than the decline of horror at the movies.
There is a rich history of great horror at the movies. Consider the early Universal monster flicks of the 30s and Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary, contemplative re-imagining of the thriller sub-genre. Think about the classic slasher films in the ’70s and ’80s and the Oscar-sweeping The Silence of the Lambs in 1991. These movies left a permanent imprint on the industry; James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) alone has influenced masterworks ranging from Victor Erice’s political-drama The Spirit of the Beehive (1976) to Mel Brooks’ parody Young Frankenstein (1974).
In recent years, however, moviegoers looking for great horror films have been left wanting. The genre has fallen from its lofty heights at the expense of gory, unsubtle shock films. Higher budgets and improved special effects have paved the way for endless remakes of older films, »
- Søren Hough
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time around for one simple reason: that is, the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. Enjoy!
Directed by Luis Buñuel
The dream – or nightmare – has been a staple of horror cinema for decades. In 1929, Luis Bunuel joined forces with Salvador Dali to create Un chien andalou, an experimental and unforgettable 17-minute surrealist masterpiece. »
- Ricky da Conceição
God, I love The Monster Squad. So much, in fact, that the old VHS copy bought for me from a ramshackle jumble sale many years ago still has its place in my film collection, the cover worn and tattered, visible signs of the many house moves the damn thing has survived. Odd this obsession may be, but this almost forgotten "dud" from 1994 still has a plethora of fan sites loaded with petitions screaming for a sequel, with its director Fred Dekker at the helm. It's not total madness when you really think about it: that childlike, wide-eyed admiration for the truly old school cinematic macabre, the passion behind the article that you now see before you... Dekker's film is dripping with it. Who better to put together a love letter to old school horror than a storyteller who cut his fangs on the classics? After concocting the idea for the Steve Miner's 1986 film House, »
- Aaron Williams
Adapted from the classic H.G. Wells novel of the same name, The Invisible Man and is considered to be one of the best of the classic Universal Monster Movies, and it spawned several sequels/spin-offs - though none ever touched the brilliance of James Whale's original. The story of a man who goes insane from his own brilliance is beautifully told with sublime direction and a captivating performance.
One of the reasons why The Invisible Man is beloved by many are the ground-breaking practical effects to show off the mistake of Jack Griffin's science. For 1933, the sight of a man taking off bandages around his head to reveal nothing underneath must have been incredible, but even here in 2013 these clever effects still hold up. The invisibility »
Back in 1931, Universal's undying classic Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff broke new ground with it's shocking and very grim content for that time period. Fast forward eighty-two years later to the present, and the myth of the monster continues. I, Frankenstein tells the tale of the same monster still walking the Earth and is caught up in the madness of the modern era. The official trailer (see below) speaks for itself. This is definitely a ne… »
Released in 1931 to critical and public praise, Dracula is not only one of Universal's most iconic movies, but is a film that would kickstart their Monster Movie line that would dominate the 30s and 40s. It was also the film that would give us the defining Dracula performance from Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi - a performance that has been rivalled and challenged, but never beaten. Nearly 80 years later, people are still imitating this legendary performance.
However, Lugosi's genius is not the sole reason why Dracula was a success. Director Tod Browning creates an incredible and chilling atmosphere with gorgeous cinematography, brilliant lighting choices, incredible sets and a haunting score that utilities Act II from Swan Lake. The script is also very strong with some wonderful lines of dialogue »
“The brain you stole, Fritz. Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands!”
Celebrate two classics from Universal’s Golden Age of Horror this Saturday morning at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s a double bill from director James Whale; the original Frankenstein (1931) and The Invisible Man (1933). It’s Saturday, October 12th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only $5.
I just saw the original Frankenstein on the big screen last Halloween season when it played with Bride Of Frankenstein as part of a Fathom Event. The 82-year old film holds up as stark, solid, and impressive, overshadowed (a bit unfairly) by the later barrage of Whale’s wit in the more delirious and cinematic Bride. In Frankenstein, Karloff gives »
- Tom Stockman
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