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Universal Launches Monster Legacy Website

4 December 2009 11:45 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Universal has just launched a new website, appropriately titled – Universal Monster Legacy.

The site features a detailed catalog of the studio’s groundbreaking, defining and immortal horror content from 1923 (with Lon Chaney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame) through 1956 (with the final Gill-Man film, The Creature Walks Among Us).

The focus is on the Universal (or can we call it Comcast-Uni now?) stable of classic monsters that include Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and so on. Largely excluded are the studio’s non-monster horror outings of the same period, but the emphasis on the monster films is not only welcome but explicitly intentional, so it’s hard to call foul.

Each featured film has a page including a synopsis, as well as art, photo and video galleries.

But best of all, the site features several cues of »

- Jesse

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cinemadaily | The Invisible Auteur

4 December 2009 7:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The forgotten films of British director James Whale, remembered today for his groundbreaking Hollywood horror films, including “Frankenstein,” “The Invisible Man,” and “Bride of Frankenstein,” as well as Ian McKellen’s portrayal of him in “Gods and Monsters,” will be on display at New York City’s Film Forum during a one-week, 15-film retrospective starting today. In a New York Times piece titled “Voluptuary Stuck in a Box,” Terrence Rafferty describes the paradox … »

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Beatty Hangs Onto "Dick Tracy"...

4 December 2009 5:58 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

After years of inactivity, following his starring/directing turn in the 1990 Disney feature "Dick Tracy", actor/producer Warren 'Clyde Barrow' Beatty recently sued a unit of Tribune Co, to prevent Tribune from taking back film/TV rights to creator Chester Gould's newspaper comic strip detective character.

Budgeted at $47 million, "Dick Tracy" earned $103,738,726 domestic and $59,000,000 foreign for a worldwide box office of $162,738,726.

According to court documents, rights would revert to Tribune if "a certain period of time" lapsed without Beatty having produced another Dick Tracy movie, TV series or TV special.

Tribune sent Beatty a letter November 17, 2006, giving him two years to begin production on new "Dick Tracy" programing.

"Tribune asserted it still wanted to terminate Beatty's 'Tracy' Rights and effect a reversion, and purported to do so," the lawsuit said, with Beatty seeking a declaration that his work on a developing Dick Tracy documentary TV special precludes Tribune from »

- Michael Stevens

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Bloggin' With Boris Karloff

24 November 2009 10:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

This past Monday, November 23 would have been the 122nd birthday of William Henry Pratt, the actor better known to the world at large as Boris Karloff. To commemorate the occasion Pierre Fournier has organized a Boris Karloff Blogathon over at his way cool Frankensteinia blog running all the way through November 26. He's lined up over 110 bloggers to share their thoughts on the guest of honor. He kicks it off with a message from Karloff's daughter Sara (who incidentally shares her father's birthday) and she is delighted that her father is being remembered this way. Fournier has also embedded some Youtube videos of Karloff's appearance on the TV show This Is Your Life. Posts will be continuously added through the week, but here's some of the stuff you can check out right now:

Deadlicious has posted a Karloff interview scanned from the pages of Castle of Frankenstein, one of »

- Matt Bradshaw

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Uncanny Birthday Suits

23 November 2009 7:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Celebrating cinematic folk, born on this day 11/23. Get out your kazoos.

Franco, Maxwell and Harpo. Half of the fun of building these posts

is these completely nonsensical groupings!

1859 Billy the Kid, outlaw. I've always thought it a mystery as to exactly why people routinely idolize characters whom they would never want to meet in real life. Murderers, criminals, thieves, (especially gangsters)... they all get the silver screen pedestal treatment. Billy has been portrayed dozens of times and Val Kilmer, Emilio Estevez, Kris Kristofferson, Buster Crabbe and Paul Newman have all done the job.

1888 Harpo Marx I'm embarrassed to say this but I can never remember which Marx Bros is which. When I watch 30s comedies, I almost always select a screwball romance.

1892 Erté artist over whom wee Nathaniel obsessed, wanting a whole animated movie to spring forth from his theatrical illustrations of ladies in elaborate headdresses and fab gowns.

1913 Michael Gough, »


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My First Issue

21 November 2009 4:53 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Having acquainted myself with just who this Forrest J Ackerman was via The Horror Hall of Fame and Horray for Horrorwood!, the next step was inevitably a brush with Famous Monsters itself. Though James Warren’s version of FM had faded away when I was three years old, nixing any chance I had to grow up with this mightiest of monster magazines, fate conspired with chance (in the words of Brother Theodore) to save me.

When I was about 13-years old my mother brought home a number of science fiction digests from a local drug store. These were not quite in my line but I still perused them with interest, particularly the ads. Before Ebay, Amazon and Ioffer, this was the only way to locate unusual items otherwise unavailable in one’s area. I remember pouring over the full-page spreads hawking Hildebrandt-style fantasy art and bejeweled daggers – somehow those stark, »

- Earl Roesel

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Vampires Unite for Halloween in Sin City

1 November 2009 7:55 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"True Blood" stars Rutina Wesley and Sam Trammel hosted Veuve Clicquot's Yelloween party at Lavo at the Palazzo in Las Vegas, while "Twilight" vampires Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene threw their own spooky Yelloween Halloween bash at Tao at the Venetian.

Wesley, dressed as a pirate, and Trammel, wearing a wizard costume, dined on Italian dishes at Lavo before heading to their VIP table at Lavo nightclub.

See photos of celebrities dressing up for Halloween

Lutz, »

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Win Tickets!!! House of Frankenstein & House of Dracula

23 October 2009 4:02 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Enter for your chance to win tickets to see House Of Frankenstein, and House Of Dracula at The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood!

Famous Monsters is giving away tickets, courtesy of American Cinematheque and the Egyptian Theatre, to Five Lucky winners!!!

Event Details: Friday, October 30 – 7:30 Pm

Double Feature: House Of Frankenstein, 1944, Universal, 71 min. Dir. Erle C. Kenton. Mad scientist Boris Karloff is at the center of this horror classic, which gathers the most popular Universal icons — the Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, Dracula — in one highly enjoyable film.

House Of Dracula, 1945, Universal, 67 min. Dir. Erle C. Kenton. Once again, Lon Chaney Jr. reprises his role as Lawrence Talbot, the Wolf Man. Both Talbot and Count Dracula (John Carradine) seek a cure for their afflictions, so they secure the help of renowned scientist Dr. Edelman (Onslow Stevens) and his hunchbacked nurse (Jane Adams).

To enter to win tickets: 1. Find the image of »

- kristen

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Hollywood's Scariest Characters!

21 October 2009 12:23 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

It's almost Halloween -- time to bust out the scariest horror flicks! Which villain freaked you out the most? "Extra" brings you Hollywood's Scariest Characters -- check 'em out... if you dare! Bwahahahahah!

Hollywood's Scariest Characters!Frankenstein

Frankenstein was the first reanimated movie monster, played by Boris Karloff. Shocking!

Michael Myers

This “Halloween” maniac murdered his sister when he was six. It only got worse.

Norman Bates

Norman Bates, played by Tony Perkins, made taking »

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Bela Lugosi And Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story Of A Haunting Collaboration (Book Review)

20 October 2009 1:50 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Their names are synonymous with classic horror films.  Together, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff presented an unbeatable tag team of terror.  For over 25 years they dueled for horror superiority with films such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, White Zombie, The Bride Of Frankenstein, Mark Of The Vampire, and dozens of others.  Film historian Greg Mank, the foremost expert on classic horror of the 1930s and 1940s, takes horror fans on an incredible journey through the lives of these two icons of the silver screen in Bela Lugosi And Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story Of A Haunting Collaboration.

In a volume nearly 700 pages long, Mank looks at their films both individually and together, as well as their personal and private lives and relationships.  Over the years Mank has conducted interviews with hundreds of personalities related to classic horror including many surviving stars, crewmembers, and the families of the stars.  With Mank’s work, »

- (Tim Janson)

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Trick ’R Treat w/Michael Dougherty in NYC and more screening news

19 October 2009 3:13 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It’s time for another update on horror-film screenings for the Halloween 2009 season and beyond; you can track back through our previous items starting here. The most exciting news is the addition of a very special show to the Scary Movies 3 series currently unspooling at New York City’s Lincoln Center: Trick ’R Treat with Michael Dougherty (pictured) in attendance!

The All Hallow’s anthology feature unspools at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street, upper level) this Wednesday, October 21 at 8:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with Dougherty. Trust us: You want to see this one on the big screen. Full details on Scary Movies 3 can be found here. In addition, adventurous genre fans will want to check out Juraj Herz’s The Cremator when it shows as part of Lincoln Center’s The Ironic Curtain: Czech Cinema series on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m. This black »

- (Michael Gingold)

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More horror screenings and Zombie Walks!

14 October 2009 12:17 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Halloween is coming, and fright flicks are everywhere at repertory houses and special showings. Joining the screening events we previously listed here and here are more big-screen revivals of classic fear films, plus a couple of East Coast Zombie Walks!

• Canadian undead fans can take part in the 7th Annual Toronto Zombie Walk, which takes place Saturday, October 24 beginning at 3 p.m. This one starts at Trinity Bellwoods Park (meeting place is the pit between Dundas Street and, appropriately enough, Gore Vale Avenue) and ends at the Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), where the festivities continue with a Cinema of the Dead double feature of Thom Eberhardt’s Night Of The Comet and Lucio Fulci’s Zombie. Admission to the movies is $16 for ghouls and $20 for regular humans; more info on the Walk can be seen here, and on the screenings here.

• This year’s official New York City Zombie Crawl takes place Sunday, »

- (Michael Gingold)

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Sitges '09: My Sitges Story - Part 4

9 October 2009 11:26 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Tuesday, October 6

Ok, so the events of two nights before are finally coming into focus (see previous entry here). I’m referring to the infamous Karoke party initiated by the Film Festival Mafia and spearheaded by Austin Fantastic Fest’s Tim League and NY Asian fest programmer Mark Walkow, neither of whom had any reservations about getting on stage and belting out a few tunes, even sober. For me, it takes a few of those fishbowl-size drinks before I muster the courage to give the B-52’s “Love Shack” a try. I was going to keep these drunken revelries to myself, but once an incriminating photo of me turned up in the daily Sitges festival newspaper a day later, and various celebrants had secretly videotaped the sordid affair, I had no choice but to come clean. Now I know how David Letterman felt last week.

I do learn a few things that night, »

- (Tony Timpone)

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Weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Chopping List 10/06/2009

3 October 2009 11:06 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.

Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, October 6, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List. It's a Big week, with Trick 'R Treat finally hitting the home market, along with re-issues of The Gate, Audition, and a whole lot more!

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Audition (Bd)

New 1080P High-Definition Transfer From The Negative!

Deceptively innocent at first, Takashi Miikes Audition finds Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi, Suicide Club, The Grudge), a middle-aged widower of many years, urged by his teenage son and his film producer friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimura, Ichi The Killer) to get out and start dating again. To help Aoyama meet women, Yoshikawa devises a plan to »

- (James Zahn)

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The Ultimate Guide to Universal's Movie Monsters

22 September 2009 7:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

If you're a fan of the classic Universal Studios movie monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Mummy, and more, then you've probably found yourself haunted by a severe lack of ginormous books that focus on your obsession. With Halloween just around the corner, Michael Mallory's Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror arrives just in time.

It's chock full of over 300 black and white and 25 color behind-the-scenes photos, original movie posters, publicity shots, and articles from people like James Whale (director of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and many more), makeup marvel Jack P. Piece, FX man John Fulton, and more. It's officially endorsed by the studio, so I'm not sure if this will be the Bela Lugosi tell-all expose that you're looking for. The whole package is 252 pages long, and at 9" by 12 ", it can double as a blunt object if you need to brain anyone. »

- Kevin Kelly

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Exclusive: Grilling Leslie Nielsen of Stan Helsing

22 September 2009 1:18 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It's hard to interview Leslie Neilsen and keep a straight face. The spoof-master general simply won't allow it.

When Fango recently caught up with the Airplane! and Naked Gun actor to discuss his portrayal of Kay (yes, a woman) in the upcoming Anchor Bay release of Stan Helsing (on DVD & Blu-ray October 27), Neilsen kept the jokes running at a steady pace as we quizzed him on everything from Forbidden Planet to Scary Movie.

Leslie Neilsen: So... you've always wanted to be in show business?

Fangoria: How did you get involved in Stan Helsing and what is the film about?

Ln: I don't know! (Laughs) The answer to both of those questions is that I don't know!  (Laughing Again) It's funny because I bumped in Bo [Zenga, the director] in Vancouver and he said that he'd like me to play a part in the movie. I read the script and I noticed that there »

- (Mark Wolfe)

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Mad Monster Party: Special Edition - DVD Review

16 September 2009 3:04 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Rankin/Bass pretty much owns Christmas. So why not try and make a holiday special film for Halloween? Even better have .Uncle. Boris Karloff present the treat to the audience and even trick Phyllis Diller into voicing the bride of Frankenstein. Well, maybe not a trick but certainly the film is a cult one that offers a treat to film monster fans. Baron von Frankenstein (Boris Karloff) has discovered the secret of total destruction. He already knew how to create life so he made it his life.s work to discover the opposite. Now that the discovery is in the bag he decides that he.s going to retire. He has his lab assistant Francesca (Gale Garnett) send out invitations to »

- Jeff Swindoll

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Weekly DVD & Blu-Ray Chopping List 9/08/2009

5 September 2009 10:00 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.

Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, September 8, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last-minute additions and deletions.

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Creepshow (Bd) - Warner Bros. says: Inspired by the controversial E.C. Comics of the 1950s--which also provided the title and inspiration for the popular Tales from the Crypt TV series--director George Romero and screenwriter Stephen King serve up five delightfully frightful stories. Utilizing comic-book panels, animated segues, and exaggerated lighting and camera angles, Romero and cinematographer Michael Gornick come very close to replicating a horror comic in film format. The results mix fine acting with the morbid sense »

- (James Zahn)

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Mad Monster Party gets a special edition

25 July 2009 4:43 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On September 8th, Lionsgate Home Entertainment will issue a new Special Edition DVD of the beloved kids classic, Mad Monster Party.

Directed by Jules Bass in the classic "Rankin-Bass" style of stop-motion animation, Mad Monster Party was created by the same team that produced Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, and Frosty The Snowman.

Specs and art below!

Baron Von Frankenstein (voice of Boris Karloff) has decided to retire as the head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters. But first, he must inform the other monsters about his plans. How to deliver the news? How else - through a Mad Monster Party! Von Frankenstein’s guests include a who’s who of Halloween favorites, including the Werewolf, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and more. But who among them is fit to be the new head of the monsters?

Presented in the original full-frame aspect, with an English mono audio track. »

- (James Zahn)

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Fangoria's Comic Screams Interview with Milo Ventimiglia

16 July 2009 11:02 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

In Part 2 of our Exclusive look at Top Cow's Berserker (read part one, an interview with writer Rick Loverd here), Fangoria's Mike Fish sits down with star Milo Ventimiglia aka Heroes' Peter Petrelli.

Based on a script for a television pilot deemed "too violent" for the small screen by Hollywood, Ventimiglia gives Fango his take on how the project came to be, and discusses his relationship with the horror genre. A Fangoria Comic Screams Interview With: Milo Ventimiglia

Comic Book: Berserker Top Cow Comics

Fangoria: Welcome to the land that lives and breathes horror, Mr. Ventimiglia!

Milo Ventimiglia: Thanks for having me…let’s cut me in half. Let people really see what’s inside.

Fangoria: Can we persuade you to stop saving the cheerleader and start saving other things like...

Milo Ventimiglia: ...swamp monsters that have axe wounds on their faces? What can I save at the moment? »

- (Mike Fish)

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