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Movies This Week: April 11-17, 2014

11 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


The Austin Film Society has a very special event tonight at the Marchesa to kick off another week of marvelous screenings. The Sound Of Silent Film Festival will feature short films accompanied by musical performances from Chicago's Access Contemporary Music organization. Several Austin musicians will join Acm for this collaborative and unique evening.  

The Afs spotlight on New Romanian Cinema continues this week at the Marchesa with Cristian Mungiu's critically acclaimed Beyond The Hills on Sunday (presented digitally) and his emotionally devastating 2007 feature Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days (presented in 35mm) on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, Richard Linklater will present Cutter's Way starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard. As is the case for his entire Jewels In The Wasteland series, there will be an introduction and post-film group discussion led by Linklater himself. David Pulbrook's 2012 effort Last Dance will be featured on Thursday night as part »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Paramount 100 Series Reaches the 1930s

9 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »


In anticipation of the The Paramount Theatre's 100th birthday next year, The Paramount and Stateside theaters are presenting the year-and-a-half-long "Paramount 100: A Century of Cinema" film series, which celebrates the history of movies from the silent film era to the present day. Movies have been screened in chronological order starting in January. This month marks a shift to the talking pictures of the 1930s. 

Movies from the 1930s will screen this and next month as double features, showcasing the emergence of the gangster and monster genres, "while telling stories that range in upper-class highs to Great Depression lows":

April 14:

Dracula: Bela Lugosi's iconic performance as the Transylvanian nobleman, based on Bram Stoker's novel of the same name. The success of this film ushered in a golden age of Universal horror films and continues to define the look and feel of American horror movies. Frankenstein: This equally iconic monster, »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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The Bride Of Frankenstein Screening at Schlafly Bottleworks April 3rd

27 March 2014 8:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“To a new world of gods and monsters!”

The Bride Of Frankenstein will screen at Schlafly Bottleworks Thursday, April 3rd at 7pm

Sequels have long been one of the most embarrassing products of cinema, because they tend towards repetitiveness and faddish cash-in value rather than originality and integrity. There are exceptions of course, the first and foremost being The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)!

Frankenstein (1931) was startlingly good in a primitive way but the sequel was a sophisticated masterpiece of black comedy and the jewel in the crown of Universal’s Golden Age of Horror. It’s amazing how well The Bride Of Frankenstein works and how well it’s stood the test of time. It’s less horror and more fairy tale, but the horror is still there. And so is the humor! And so is the depth of the most famous misunderstood Monster! Impossibly, Boris Karloff expanded on the role »

- Tom Stockman

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Cosplay: Meg Murrderher As April O'Neil, Poison Ivy, & Bride Of Frankenstein

19 February 2014 7:36 PM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Tmnt - April O'Neil Cosplayer: Meg Murrderher ........................................................................ DC Comics - Poison Ivy Cosplayer: Meg Murrderher ........................................................................ Friday The 13th - Jason Voorhees Cosplayer: Meg Murrderher ........................................................................ Bride Of Frankenstein Cosplayer: Meg Murrderher Sgh watermarked images photographed by Sgh PhotoArt One of the most popular horror classics of all time and an acclaimed sequel to the original Frankenstein. The legendary Boris Karloff reprises his role as the screen's most understood monster who now longs for a mate of his own. Colin Clive is back as the overly ambitious Dr. Frankenstein, who creates the ill-faed bride (Elsa Lanchester). Directed by the original's James Whale (his last horror film) and featuring a haunting musical score, The Bride of Frankenstein ranks as one of the finest films not only of the genre, but for all time. »

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Out in the Dark Book Signing to Include Jeffrey Reddick, Tim Sullivan, and More

18 February 2014 8:30 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

This coming Saturday, February 22nd, at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA, there will be a signing of the book Out in the Dark, a compilation of interviews with gay horror filmmakers, including writers, directors, and actors.

A Facebook event page has been set up with all the details, but here's who is expected to be there so far, with more still to come: Editor Sean Abley and contributors Jeffrey Reddick, Jt Seaton, Mark Bessenger, Armando Munoz, Tim Sullivan, and Jeffrey Schwarz will be signing Out in the Dark: Interviews with Gay Horror Filmmakers, Actors & Authors.

The event runs from 2-5 Pm Pt. Dark Delicacies is located at 3512 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91505.


Gay men have a decades-long, complicated history with the horror genre. While working behind the scenes to create some of the most iconic terrors on film (such as James Whale's Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and »

- Debi Moore

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‘I, Frankenstein’ Fails to Find its Lightning Bolt and Remains Dead on the Table

8 February 2014 9:42 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I, Frankenstein

Directed by Stuart Beattie

Written by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie

USA, 2013

Despite having his origins in classic literature, Frankenstein’s monster has become a truly cinematic beast, having shown up in countless screen iterations since first being brought to life by Boris Karloff in 1931. No surprise, then, that I, Frankenstein, originally a comic series by Underworld scribe Kevin Grevioux would get the big-screen treatment, and even less of a surprise to results aren’t particularly pretty.

Aaron Eckhart stars as the creature, this time named Adam, who becomes embroiled in a centuries-old war between demons and gargoyles, who are both God’s warriors on Earth and far less interesting than any early-90s Disney Channel cartoons would have you believe. Though he initially wants no part of the war, having no love for humanity, Adam is forced into the conflict when the demons begin pursuing him, hell-bent »

- Thomas O'Connor

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Pre-Code Hollywood: Gangsters, Monsters, and Dames

31 January 2014 7:20 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

I must have been about 12 years old when I first saw Tarzan and His Mate. I loved the Tarzan movies. Tarzan was the undisputed King of the Jungle and was the greatest, Cheetah was man’s best friend, Boy was annoying, and Jane was the Queen of the Jungle and a young male’s introduction to the allure of the female. The uncensored version, with a naked Jane silhouetted while changing clothes in a backlit tent and the spectacular underwater ballet scene would have been a revelation to me; Tarzan and Jane are frolicking in their favorite swimming hole, Tarzan in his usual loincloth and Jane naked – not naked from the waste up, or presumed naked as they hid her behind some lake flora or rocks – Jane was naked.

Madam Satan

Most film fans knowledge of Pre-Code Hollywood movies doesn’t go much further than King Kong, Frankenstein, and a few other titles. »

- Gregory Small

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I, Frankenstein review

27 January 2014 2:27 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Ron Hogan 29 Jan 2014 - 05:52

A shadow war between two factions of supernatural creatures? You might've heard this story before...

Two hundred or so years ago, the mad scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein dabbled in a world beyond his comprehension. He created a creature that exists somewhere between the human world and the world of the dead, living tissue given live, but without a soul. He tried to kill that creature and, in turn, that creature kills him. When burying his creator in the family plot, the creature that would later become known as Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart) found himself attracting the attention of a cadre of demons, bent on capturing him for their research. Frankenstein slays the demons with the help of a pair of gargoyles.

Apparently, Adam has stumbled across a war that has raged across time between demons and gargoyles, who have been empowered with the light »

- sarahd

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New I, Frankenstein Movie Got Awfully Bad Reviews From Top Movie Critics

24 January 2014 2:31 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New I, Frankenstein movie got awfully bad reviews from top movie critics. Lionsgate released their new action/horror flick, "I, Frankenstein" into theaters this weekend, and the top critic reviews are in. It turns out that most of them just thought it was absolutely horrible as it garnered up a score of just 23 out of 100 across 6 reviews at We've included a snippet from each one,below. The movie stars: Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski, Miranda Otto, Jai Courtney, Socratis Otto, Mahesh Jadu, Caitlin Stasey, and Aden Young. Clark Collis at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score,stating, " To be fair, Eckhart is physically impressive and Bill Nighy and his raised eyebrow do their best in the role of demon leader Naberius. But I, Frankenstein shares something else with it's monster-hero, something much worse than its patchwork nature: The film is distinctly lacking in the soul department." Frank »

- Eric

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Ten Miscastings That Worked – or Nearly Worked!

23 January 2014 11:16 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.

There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.

In rare cases, »

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Aaron Eckhart Dishes On The Mad Doctor Of I, Frankenstein

13 January 2014 9:16 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

One complaint that's been resurrected again and again about the upcoming Aaron Eckhart vehicle is its title I, Frankenstein furthers a monstrous misnomer. As any fan of the James Whale-helmed classics Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein can tell you, Frankenstein is the name of the mad scientist; his creation is known in those movies as The Monster. But with the latest clip courtesy of Comic Book Movie, that misconception gets cleared up a bit as Eckhart speaks to two gloomy authority figures about the dangerous experiments of one Victor Frankenstein. Here's the official synopsis for I, Frankenstein: 200 years after his shocking creation, Dr. Frankenstein's creature, Adam, still walks the earth. But when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. From the co-writer of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, comes the action thriller I, »

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