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Film Review: El Sur

20 September 2016 1:34 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Heralded by Pedro Almodóvar as "one of the best in Spanish cinema history", Victor Erice's El Sur is re-released this month courtesy of the BFI. Best known for his spellbinding debut Spirit of the Beehive, Erice's follow-up also uses the recollection of childhood to explore the psychological scars of the Spanish Civil War. However, while Spirit of the Beehive famously used the monster of James Whale's Frankenstein to construct an indirect critique of Franco's regime, El Sur relies on memory to separate the myths from the reality of life in Franco's Spain.

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- CineVue

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September 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include The Conjuring 2 and Raising Cain

12 September 2016 7:58 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

September 13th boasts over 30 horror and sci-fi home entertainment releases, so I hope you guys have been saving up, because there are a lot of great choices to spend your money on this week. The highly anticipated 30th Anniversary Edition of Aliens comes home this week courtesy of 20th Century Fox, and if you are a big fan of James Wan’s latest sequel, you’ll undoubtedly want to pick up The Conjuring on Blu-ray or DVD this Tuesday.

Universal Studios is keeping busy this Tuesday with two Universal Monster collections celebrating Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, and Scream Factory’s Raising Cain Blu-ray arrives this week, too. Also, if you happened to miss the special edition of the giallo classic Tenebrae earlier this year, Synapse Films is putting out a basic Blu that fans will definitely want to nab (as a proud owner of the Collector’s Edition, »

- Heather Wixson

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The strange prehistory of 1995's Congo

9 September 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Sep 12, 2016

It was a camp classic in 1995, but did you know Congo was once going to be made in the early 80s with a real gorilla and Sean Connery?

"Congo is a dead project that will never be made" - Michael Crichton, 1983

Just about everywhere you looked in the summer of 1995, a pair of simian eyes stared back at you from the poster of Congo. Based on the best-selling Michael Crichton novel, Congo was billed as that year’s equivalent of Jurassic Park - another exciting creature feature with cutting-edge special effects and maybe just a tiny dash of horror.

“It’s a little like Alien at the beginning,” enthused director Frank Marshall, “in that it’s based in science fact, and like Indiana Jones at the end, with the lost city of Zinj.”

Determined to push Congo as a must-see summer film capable of competing with such »

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Horror Highlights: Roseanne Halloween Shirt, AC/DC Stern Pinball Vr Game, Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack, Salt And Fire

9 September 2016 8:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Available for only 24 hours starting at midnight tonight, Fright Rags presents a Conner family Halloween shirt of epic proportions featuring the "original Becky"! Also in today's Horror Highlights: Stern Pinball Arcade virtual reality AC/DC experience details, Zombies!!! Board Game Soundtrack release details and cover art, and details on XLrator Media's acquisition of Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire.

Fright Rags' Roseanne Halloween Midnight Madness Shirt: This new Fright Rags shirt shows the Conner family from Roseanne getting into the Halloween spirit.

Priced at $18.00, the new shirt will be available for a 24-hour period beginning at 12:01 am Edt on Saturday morning and ending at midnight on Saturday night.

It will never be reprinted by Fright Rags, so if you're interested in purchasing this latest Midnight Madness shirt, then keep an eye on Fright Rags' official website this weekend.

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Stern Pinball AC/DC Vr Game: Press Release: "Elk Grove Village, »

- Tamika Jones

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

3 September 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

By the mid ‘60s, the glory days of Boris Karloff were far behind him. The gentle giant forever known as the screen’s original (and best) Frankenstein monster was relegated to appearing in disappointing quickies that squandered his immense talents. However, there were some twilight standouts: Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963), a couple of animated delights, How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) and Mad Monster Party? (1967), and his dignified portrayal of an aging horror star in Peter Bogdanovich’s debut, Targets (1968). Nestled in between (and often shown the door) was Daniel Haller’s Die, Monster, Die! (1965), an early, colorful, and fun foray into the world of H.P. Lovecraft.

Released by Aip in the Us in October on a double bill with Planet of the Vampires (Bava again), Die rolled out to theatres and drive-ins across the land, but had to wait until February to be released in England under the ghastly »

- Scott Drebit

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Morgan review

2 September 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Friday, September 2, 2016 - 17:36

Wears a hoodie. Plays her music at an excruciatingly high volume. Fed up of being cooped up indoors. Glowers at authority figures with simmering hostility. Yes, Morgan’s just your average teenager, really - apart from the small detail that she’s a genetically-engineered super-being with powers of precognition and an unaccountable affinity for martial arts.

Morgan, played with pleasing intensity by Anya-Taylor Joy, resides behind bullet-proof perspex in a concrete bunker deep underground. Created for hazy purposes by a futuristic corporation, Morgan’s only five years old, but her rapid rate of growth means she looks much older. Over those five years, the scientists charged with looking after and monitoring Morgan have formed an emotional attachment to the super-powered youth; among them you’ll find Dr Simon Ziegler (Toby Jones), her surrogate father figure, and Amy (Rose Leslie), who becomes a kind of big sister. »

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Morgan – Review

1 September 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

 

Many storytellers have used science fiction to question human existence. Even if you haven’t read Mary Shelley’s iconic novel, you know the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his creation. You know of a scientist – I’ll leave calling him “mad” up to you – and his search to understand life and in doing so how he magically creates new life. You know of a tragic creature who is thrust into a world that is both fascinated and yet repelled by it. Though many would call the Frankenstein creature a him instead of an it, Kate Mara’s character Lee Weathers would be quick to correct you. Apparently artificial life should not be given proper pronouns, and while Luke Scott’s feature film debut seems ready to address the contemporary concerns over gender labels and life existing outside male and female labels, Morgan regresses into yet another forgettable attempt at »

- Michael Haffner

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Horror Highlights: New American Murder Song Ep, Voyeur, Q&A with Z Nation Composer Jason Gallagher

31 August 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Details on American Murder Song‘s third Ep, The Reckoning, kicks off today’s Horror Highlights. Also: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn joins the cast of Voyeur and a Daily Dead Q&A with Z Nation composer Jason Gallagher.

American Murder Song’s The Reckoning Details: Press Release: “1816, The Year Without A Summer, was an infamous year. A natural disaster blew its vengeance over the American northeast until every damn thing was froze, and the ground became death. Trapped indoors, Mary Shelly penned her classic novel Frankenstein. Two hundred years later, cult film composers Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’S Carnival franchise) are resurrecting that fateful year as the setting for a bitter new batch of murder ballads. Prepare thyself for American Murder Song’s third extended play album, III. The Reckoning.

On American Murder Song’s first Ep, I. Dawn, Terrance and Saar led listeners through »

- Tamika Jones

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Iconic Comic Actor Gene Wilder Dies at Age 83

30 August 2016 6:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The sad news for fans of film comedy spread like wildfire earlier this week. Here’s the opening paragraph facts from the New York Times:

Gene Wilder, who established himself as one of America’s foremost comic actors with his delightfully neurotic performances in three films directed by Mel Brooks; his eccentric star turn in the family classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”; and his winning chemistry with Richard Pryor in the box-office smash “Stir Crazy,” died early Monday morning at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83.

A nephew, the filmmaker Jordan Walker-Pearlman, confirmed his death in a statement, saying the cause was complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Mr. Wilder’s rule for comedy was simple: Don’t try to make it funny; try to make it real. “I’m an actor, not a clown,” he said more than once.

And what an actor. That’s from the »

- Jim Batts

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Celebrate Mary Shelley’s Birthday with this Excerpt from Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers

30 August 2016 2:21 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Today is Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley’s 219th birthday, and in honor of the occasion, we’re pleased to share an excerpt from Sally Allen’s Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers that focuses on Shelley’s tale and asks: Who is… Continue Reading →

The post Celebrate Mary Shelley’s Birthday with this Excerpt from Unlocking Worlds: A Reading Companion for Book Lovers appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Debi Moore

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Elle Fanning Embraces ‘Neon Demon’s’ Divisive Reaction, Reveals Most Difficult Role to Date

16 August 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elle Fanning got her start in the business — and her SAG card — before the age of 3, when Jessie Nelson, the director of “I Am Sam,” starring 7-year-old Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn, needed someone to play Dakota’s sister in a flashback. Recruiting Elle for that role was a no-brainer. Fifteen years later, she’s emerged as one of the most exciting and consistently compelling actors of her generation, tackling indie dramas (“Somewhere,” “Ginger & Rosa”), blockbusters (“Maleficent”) … and whatever the heck “The Neon Demon” was.

Mark Williams & Sara Hirakawa for Variety

Fanning was only 16 when she shot that twisted, lurid film from Nicolas Winding Refn. If fact, she was too young to see it in theaters. “The Neon Demon” caused a divisive reaction from audiences when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Fanning, now 18, is taking the response to the film with grace. “Some amazing movies have been torn apart [in Cannes],” she notes. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Movie Review – Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex (2015)

14 August 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, 2015.

Directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet.

Starring Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Tippett and Tim Woodruff Jr.

Synopsis:

Documentarians Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet interview Hollywood special effects and make up artists to explore the ‘Frankenstein Complex’ of creature design in filmmaking.

 

“Now I know why Frankenstein goes crazy and screams ‘It’s alive!'” This early statement from one of the many subjects of Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet’s Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex neatly summarises the ostensible themes of the duo’s documentary: obsession, meticulous craftsmanship, and the relationship between creator and creation, ideas that tie directly back to the eponymous monster of Hollywood’s most enduring horror icon.   

Indeed, the raison d’etre of The Frankenstein Complex is its exploration of the parent-child dynamic between the skilled crafts people and their monstrous creations; fans of creature design »

- Christopher Machell

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

13 August 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the 1950s, independent film was just as keen to stick its nose in the atomic blender as the Hollywood big boys. Of course, budget restrictions frequently left most of the monsters wanting, be they big or small. But sometimes a shot of quirk was enough to stand apart from the Tinseltown terrors. I give you Fiend Without a Face (1958), a low budget romp content with showing less until it has to show it all, with giddy results.

Produced by British company Amalgamated Productions and distributed by MGM (in the States), Fiend was sent out on a double bill with The Haunted Strangler, a Boris Karloff vehicle. With a combined budget of 130,000 pounds, the double feature brought in domestic and international receipts of over $ 650,000 dollars, filmic diplomacy at its finest.

Filmed in Britain but taking place in Winthrop (?), Manitoba, Canada (never heard of the town, and if I haven’t drank in it, »

- Scott Drebit

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Roger Corman: 5 Reasons He’s Optimistic About the Film World and His Legacy

12 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are some figures in film history who fade away along with the era in which they produce the bulk of their work. And then there’s veteran B-movie producer and director Roger Corman, still chipper than ever at 90. As a filmmaker, Corman was responsible for a string of vibrant Edgar Allen Poe adaptations in the early sixties (most of which starred Vincent Price). He also directed William Shatner in his best pre-“Star Trek” performance as a race-baiting lunatic in 1962’s “The Intruder.” But Corman more or less stopped directing movies in 1970 (with the exception of 1990’s “Frankenstein Unbound”) and shifted focus to producing a string of low budget genre efforts — several of which introduced some of the great American filmmakers still working today, including Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, and many others.

Read More: ‘Doomed!’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Explores Roger Corman’s Ill-Fated »

- Eric Kohn

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Guillermo del Toro Interview: ‘At Home with Monsters’ and That Missing Sketchbook – Exclusive

8 August 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“There’s a love in the marvelous that intertwines in all my projects.” —Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein

“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”

 

Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”

Culled by Lacma curator Britt Salvesen from Del Toro’s extensive and eclectic home collection, which he calls Bleak House (after Charles Dickens »

- Anne Thompson

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Guillermo del Toro Interview: ‘At Home with Monsters’ and That Missing Sketchbook – Exclusive

8 August 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“There’s a love in the marvelous that intertwines in all my projects.” —Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein

“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”

 

Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”

Culled by Lacma curator Britt Salvesen from Del Toro’s extensive and eclectic home collection, which he calls Bleak House (after Charles Dickens »

- Anne Thompson

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Universal to Release Frankenstein and The Wolf Man Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays

4 August 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Two of the most iconic Universal movie monsters will be celebrated in Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays due out on September 13th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Containing several discs and packed with multiple films and plenty of bonus features, both The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray and Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays are priced at $29.72 apiece. We have each release’s bonus features and a look at their cover art:

The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray details (via Amazon): “The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the »

- Derek Anderson

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The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s Lacma Exhibit

30 July 2016 5:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to co-organizing museums in Minneapolis and Ontario next year. Containing almost 600 eerie objects from the filmmaker’s private collection — including sculptures, paintings, costumes and books — the exhibition reflects his lifelong obsession with monsters.  

“You can see my movies over and over again, and you will see that I adore monsters. I absolutely love them,” del Toro said at Saturday’s preview, adding “I think humans are pretty repulsive!”

Though he doesn’t consider himself a horror filmmaker these days, del Toro’s Lacma exhibit is filled with the type of ghoulish artifacts most often associated with a Fangoria convention. »

- Matthew Chernov

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Drive-In Dust Offs: It’S Alive (1974)

30 July 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Cult filmmaker Larry Cohen is, and has always been, an idea man. Whether commenting on rampant consumerism (The Stuff), religious fanaticism (God Told Me To), or vigilantism (Maniac Cop), Cohen’s films (as director or screenwriter, often both) show an ambition beyond the zippered monsters and flying serpents. And while the biggest caveat regarding Cohen is that his reach often exceeds his grasp, that’s not always true. Case in point: It’s Alive (1974), Cohen’s potent take on abortion, the pharmaceutical industry, and (extremely) unconditional love.

Produced by Warner Bros. and Larco Productions, and distributed by WB, It’s Alive did not wow the executives, who gave it an obligatory release in October with little fanfare. And it did okay business for the small release it was granted. When a new regime came in to WB in ’77, Cohen asked them to take another look at the film – he felt »

- Scott Drebit

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Van Helsing Remake Is Inspired by Mad Max Says Writer

19 July 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, production began on Universal's The Mummy reboot, which will be the first full-fledged adventure in Universal's monster universe. We got our first glimpse at this unique world in a post credit sequence for 2014's Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is transported to present day. But, aside from The Mummy, we don't know which project is next in this sprawling universe. One of the movies being included is Van Helsing, and today we have some new details from writer Eric Heisserer.

Eric Heisserer came aboard to write the script alongside The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts back in November, but the project still doesn't have a director yet and there is very little we know about the story. Eric Heisserer recently spoke with Hitfix, while promoting the new thriller Lights Out, which he co-wrote, where he revealed that this version of Van Helsing was inspired by another iconic character. »

- MovieWeb

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