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It’s Halloween, the time of year for watching horror films with the lights out. You may be trying to decide which films you should watch for your Halloween scare-fest. There are many good films, depending on your taste. As a Halloween gift to you, Cinelinx lists 25 of the best horror films to watch, for your Halloween enjoyment. All these films are of excellent quality and convey the requisite eeriness and suspenseful mood to keep you in the creepy Halloween mood.
First…here’s a couple of Honorable Mentions:
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Hugely successful suspense thriller film that isn’t technically a horror movie but it’s close. This classy chiller became one of the few movies ever to capture the 'Big Five' awards at the Oscars. (Best picture; Best director for Jonathan Demme; Best actor for Anthony Hopkins; Best Actress for Jodie Foster; and best screenplay by Ted Tally. »
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Of the 100-plus Top 10 lists we received for our Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, there were a few omissions that genuinely surprised me. One of those was a no-show for "Halloween" on the list of musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie -- i.e. the man who remade the John Carpenter classic for a new generation back in 2007. Which isn't to say that Zombie doesn't like the film, obviously ("Halloween" only barely made the cut on my own list despite being my favorite horror movie of all time), only that it was crowded out by a slew of black-and-white classics, one cult-favorite musical and a number of undeniable modern masterpieces including Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," which was a major influence on Zombie's first two features ("House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects"). Check out Zombie's full list below, then peruse the rest of the Top 10s over at the main poll page. »
- Chris Eggertsen
In honor of Halloween, let's look back at those horror films that have been honored by Oscar with wins or nominations. True the motion picture academy has only occasionally embraced one of the most successful film genres. But a handful of performances that made our blood run cold proved to be red-hot with Oscar voters. -Break- The first frightfest to scare up an Oscar was "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932). Fredric March tied for Best Actor (with "The Champ" star Wallace Beery) for his chilling portrayal of a scientist whose experiments turn him into a raving lunatic. The most recent was "Black Swan" (2010). Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance as a ballerina whose obsession with "Swan Lake" drives her insane. Below, take a tour of the 13 spine-chillers that scared up Oscar nominations. Photo: Anthony Perkins in "Psycho." Credit: Universal --Wid...' »
Horror functions on an intrinsic cinematic level that few other genres can lay claim to. An abyss of imagery and sound that strips away the thin screen between reality and nightmare and allows us to experience the cinema on a visceral level. This goes beyond jump scares or splashy special effects – it’s relatively easy for a movie to “scare” us. But it takes something else entirely to put us face to face with the ugliness of human nature that resides within us all, as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde does so chillingly, or to confront how our prejudices, paranoia, and mistrust destroys communities as in John Carpenter’s The Thing.
Horror in its purest cinematic form is valuable because it rips off the veneer of reality and stares into the darkness that lurks beneath the skin. It’s a genre that doesn’t allow us to exit the theatre with our masks intact. »
- Josh Hamm
This November, The Horror Channel is reviving its Hammer Horror double-bills with a series of eight unmissable classic films that will be screened on Saturday nights throughout the month.
Sat 7 Nov @ 9pm – The Curse Of The Werewolf (1961) *Network Premiere
In Oliver Reed’s first film role, he excels as Leon Corledo, a young man raised in the home of Don Alfredo Corledo (Clifford Evans), his kind and loving adopted father. When he leaves to find work, Leon discovers that he has increasingly violent urges each full moon. Although these tendencies are calmed by Leon’s love for the beautiful Christina (Catherine Feller), he ultimately cannot contain his curse, given to his raped mother, and transforms into a werewolf, terrorising the Spanish countryside. Directed by Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher
Sat 7 Nov @ 10.50pm – The Gorgon (1964) *Network Premiere
A mysterious monster is turning people to stone in a German village in 1910. When his girlfriend is killed, »
- Gary Collinson
Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy Award winner Ingrid Bergman, who would have turned 100 years old tomorrow. TCM has likely aired most of Bergman's Hollywood films, and at least some of her early Swedish work. As a result, today's only premiere is Fielder Cook's little-seen and little-remembered From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), about two bored kids (Sally Prager, Johnny Doran) who run away from home and end up at New York City's Metropolitan Museum. Obviously, this is no A Night at the Museum – and that's a major plus. Bergman plays an elderly art lover who takes an interest in them; her »
- Andre Soares
CBS’s Limitless, is a fast-paced drama about Brian Finch, who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug Nzt and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Today at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour, the show’s cast and producers explained the new series. In the pilot, Jake McDorman’s character, Finch, receives a shot and receives a pill once per day. “12 hour of his day he’ll be enhanced, for 12 hours he’ll be regular Brian Finch,” the show’s producers reveal. “This isn’t Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” … Continue reading →
The post TCA: Go Beyond What You Thought Was Possible in CBS’s “Limitless” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' "Summer Under the Stars" series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, Aug. 7, '15. (See TCM's Katharine Hepburn movie schedule further below.) Whether you find Hepburn's voice as melodious as a singing nightingale or as grating as nails on a chalkboard, you may want to check out the 1933 version of Little Women. Directed by George Cukor, this cozy – and more than a bit schmaltzy – version of Louisa May Alcott's novel was a major box office success, helping to solidify Hepburn's Hollywood stardom the year after her film debut opposite John Barrymore and David Manners in Cukor's A Bill of Divorcement. They don't make 'em like they used to Also, the 1933 Little Women »
- Andre Soares
The performance of an actor playing a villainous role can sometimes be the most interesting part of the film. This is an in-depth look at some of those performances which were awarded with an Oscar.
To get a good character in film, you have to develop that character. The audience needs to see the world through their eyes in order to understand their perspective and motivations. This is especially true with villains, which are arguably more difficult to develop than a traditional protagonist. Often times villains are given the short end of the characterization stick in any given film, which makes sense. It’s not easy making an action that could hurt or harm other people seem logical, so many films don’t put much effort into it. The audience recognizes a villain when they see one, and they know he is bad because of his actions, no matter how questionable they may be. »
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“A peach must be eaten, a drum must be beaten, and a woman needs something like that!”
Love Me Tonight plays at The Hi-Pointe Theater ( 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117) Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am as part of their Classic Film Series
I’ve never seen the 1932 Paramount production Love Me Tonight, a classic mix of comedy, romance, song and satire with a first-rate cast, but I will this weekend. The story takes place in France around the time the film was made. It’s an early musical that employs an unusual script device in places – rhyming dialog exchanges that often lead into song (think the early ‘Musical Novelty’ Stooges short The Woman Haters). Love Me Tonight is apparently a satire of French royalty and high society households. Its characters are either the idle rich leading empty, hedonistic lives, or their compliant, consenting household staff. Maurice Courtelin, a Parisian »
- Tom Stockman
'Father of the Bride': Steve Martin and Kimberly Williams. Top Five Father's Day Movies? From giant Gregory Peck to tyrant John Gielgud What would be the Top Five Father's Day movies ever made? Well, there have been countless films about fathers and/or featuring fathers of various sizes, shapes, and inclinations. In terms of quality, these range from the amusing – e.g., the 1950 version of Cheaper by the Dozen; the Oscar-nominated The Grandfather – to the nauseating – e.g., the 1950 version of Father of the Bride; its atrocious sequel, Father's Little Dividend. Although I'm unable to come up with the absolute Top Five Father's Day Movies – or rather, just plain Father Movies – ever made, below are the first five (actually six, including a remake) "quality" patriarch-centered films that come to mind. Now, the fathers portrayed in these films aren't all heroic, loving, and/or saintly paternal figures. Several are »
- Andre Soares
Legendary British actor Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93. Lee passed away on Sunday in hospital, where he had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure over the preceding three weeks. Lee's agent in an emailed statement said his family "wishes to make no comment".
Tall, pale, with stern features and a deep and resonating voice, it made him in high demand to play villains in numerous films - something he grew frustrated about, even though he admitted enjoying the roles as they often offered more range than limited heroic ones.
Lee was most famous for his work as Dracula in the Hammer Horror films of the 1970s, as the wizard Saruman the White in both "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, as the Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in the Bond film "The Man with the Golden Gun," as Count Dooku in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, »
- Garth Franklin
Now playing in theaters is writer/director Doug Ellin’s feature film adaptation of his long-running HBO series Entourage. The movie picks up where the series left off, with Ari (Jeremy Piven) now a successful studio head and Vince (Adrien Grenier) stretching his “talent” by making his feature directorial debut on a supernatural adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The film also stars Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, Emily Ratajkowski, and Ronda Rousey. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage and eight clips from the film. At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Doug Ellin. He talked about his original idea for the film and how it changed, what he learned from test screenings, the cameos, his Blu-ray plans, what it was like directing Rob Gronkowski, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
When 20th Century Fox released "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" in 2002, the goal was to launch a new big-budget franchise. But after spending $78 million on the film, it only grossed $179 million worldwide with a disappointing $66 million earned in Us. While the movie was considered a failure (it was also Sean Connery's last film role), Fox has announced that it will reboot the project in hopes of getting it right this time. John Davis (Chronicle) is producing. A director has yet to be hired. The original film was based on a comic book series by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, and features such literature characters as Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Mina Harker of Dracula. »
Well this was inevitable. In the wake of Marvel’s Avengers series and just ahead of Warner Bros.’ Justice League “prequel” Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 20th Century Fox is reviving its own “team of superheroes” property The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Based on the Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill graphic novel of the same name, the story finds Victorian-era literary characters such as The Invisible Man, Dorian Gray, Captain Nemo, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teaming up to fight bad guys. Per Variety, Chronicle and Predators producer John Davis is onboard to produce this new adaptation through his Davis Entertainment banner. Fox first attempted a feature film adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003, with an ornery Sean Connery leading a cast that included Shane West as Tom Sawyer, a character the studio added in order to make the property more appealing to younger viewers. »
- Adam Chitwood
Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly are overseeing the remake, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel of the same name, centering on Victorian-era literary characters such as Captain Nemo, the Invisible Man, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde teaming to fight a common enemy.
A TV series was in development in 2013 with “Green Lantern” writer Michael Green on board as showrunner and exec producer alongside Erwin Stoff. Fox made a put pilot commitment but the show was not ordered to series.
The feature film starred Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain; it was the thesp’s final live-action movie before he retired. The studio had planned for “League” to become a franchise but the worldwide gross reached only $180 million.
- Dave McNary
Buckle up buttercup, ‘cuz ol’ Xiii is back in town, and we goin’ ridin’ on the freeway of fright in my black Cadillac!
The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Miss Osbourne
Show of hands (or claws, or whatever you ghouls have): how many of you knew that ol’ Walerian Borowczyk—you know, the dude that directed The Beast, that flick with the be-donged creature that managed to cover every square inch of everything in cu…err, fluid—directed an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic nightmare novel Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? No one? Well, I didn’t either, but he did, and I got to watch it. How close will he keep to the original text? Read on and find out!
It was only a matter of time until the hit HBO show “Entourage”, a.k.a. The Dudebro Version of “Sex and The City,” got its own movie, especially after the rushed series finale that disappointed many fans. The feature continuation of Vince, E, Johnny Drama, Turtle, and asshole-agent-turned-more-than-likely-asshole-studio-head Ari Gold’s boobs, booze, and business-filled Hollywood adventures focuses on the troubled production of Vince’s directorial debut, a big budget adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Before a sequel that inexplicably takes the boys on a trip to Abu Dhabi ruins the franchise, fans can get pumped for the “Entourage” movie’s June 3rd release by watching 8 clips from the movie and 17 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage. Read More: 'Entourage' Soundtrack Features Pharrell Williams, Diplo, Jane's Addiction, The National, Tame Impala & More The clips basically show extensions of jokes already found in the trailers, from Mark Wahlberg’s obligatory cameo, »
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Is there still any interest in a feature film continuation of Entourage? Warner Bros. will find out early next month when it sends Ari (Jeremy Piven), Vince (Adrien Grenier) and the rest of the gang into theaters for their first big-screen adventure. In hopes of raising the pic’s profile, the marketing department has unleashed a slew of high-resolution images, revealing that the boys are still up to their old tricks.
The movie picks up with Ari having become the head of a major studio. Meanwhile, Vince is working on an adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, which will serve as his directorial debut in Hollywood.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Movie star Vincent Chase (Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (Connolly), Turtle (Ferrara) and Johnny (Dillon), are back…and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, »
- Isaac Feldberg
If your weekend is severely lacking in footage from the Entourage movie, you’re in luck. Warner Bros. has released eight clips and 17 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming film, providing a closer look at writer/director Doug Ellin’s feature film adaptation of his long-running HBO series. The movie picks up where the series left off, with Ari (Jeremy Piven) now a successful studio head and Vince (Adrien Grenier) stretching his “talent” by making his feature directorial debut on a supernatural adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Watch the clips and behind-the-scenes footage below. The film also stars Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Billy Bob Thornton, Haley Joel Osment, Rex Lee, Debi Mazar, Constance Zimmer, Emily Ratajkowski, and Ronda Rousey. And if you missed them, check out Steve’s on-set interviews with Grenier, Connolly, and Dillon. Entourage Movie Clips [complextv contentid="RhcXI0dTodu96PMoyKSZ-1bMuUna7Yke" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Entourage Behind-the-Scenes Footage [complextv contentid="ZtZXI0dTqav3zzl1CRYla6b27Q12EMjh" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here's the »
- Adam Chitwood
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