11 items from 2015
H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man is set to gather nuts in May once again as Sony are looking to produce a remake of the classic story. Tracking Board are reporting that Sony will be working with The Divergent Series producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick under their Red Wagon Entertainment banner with Lucas Wiesendanger and Nick Cortese as executive producers.
The Invisible Man first debuted on cinema screens with Universal under the same name in 1933 directed by James Whale (Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein). The movie has since become part of Universal’s Monster Classics and the character spawned several sequels including The Return of The Invisible Man with Vincent Price. The character and idea has also been used as inspiration for other movies including Chevy Chase’s The Invisible Man, 1992’s Memoirs of The Invisible Man and Paul Verhoeven’s Hollow Man starring Kevin Bacon.
Sony’s The Invisible Man »
- Luke Owen
Horror sequels have long seemed, like weeds or mosquitoes, something we just have to put up with, part of Hollywood's natural ecosystem. We tend to think of them as superfluous because it's hard to scare audiences a second time (or third, or tenth) when they know the premise and can anticipate what's coming.
But it was not always so. The first major horror sequel, "Bride of Frankenstein," was released 80 years ago this week (on April 22, 1935), and it was actually good, scary, and clever and surprising in a way that amplified the story told in 1931's "Frankenstein."
In the eight decades since, only a few horror sequels have lived up to that standard. Here they are, the best return frights. »
- Gary Susman
The Invisible Man is one of H G Wells’ more perverse little daydreams. Whereas The Time Machine dreamed of an agrarian future (if you get past what dwells below) and The War Of The Worlds was one of our first intergalactic space yarns, there is something a little more disturbing about a man who can not be seen.
It certainly made for one of the best genre movies of the 1930s when director James Whale (Frankenstein, Bride Of Frankenstein) introduced Hollywood to Claude Rains with the 1933 camp classic. Now, it is finding new life with a unique version at Sony Pictures Entertainment where the film will be produced under the Red Wagon Entertainment Banner by Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick. Lucas Wisendanger and Nicki Cortese are also serving as executive producers on the project. »
Earlier this week, we gave you details on first wave of special experiences and events taking place at the 2015 Stanley Film Festival. We now have details on their impressive slate of features, short films, and additional special events, including screenings of The Final Girls, Deathgasm, Stung, The Invitation, and We Are Still Here.
We're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers, so be sure to check back all month for contests, features, and more.
"April 2, 2014 (Denver, Co) - The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its Closing Night film, Festival lineup and the 2015 Master of Horror. The Festival will close out with The Final Girls. The film, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, is the story of a young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, »
- Jonathan James
Hey there, all you zombies! Though there might still be snow on the ground where you are (my condolences), the calendar does not lie; Spring has arrived. In honor of the changing seasons, I put together a little shopping guide to help you resuscitate your long-ailing wardrobe, as well as a few grim beauty products that all you ghouls will love.
Leather clutch, $160.
First up is this insane clutch (above) that looks like something from the closet of an elite resident of Thunderdome. Made by hand in Russia, this intimidating leather accessory comes to you courtesy of Etsy-ers, Family Skinners. Yikes. There’s even a few badass mens pieces, like this wallet, that is much tougher looking than the worn out thing you’re currently carrying around.
Bloody Cleaver clutch, $24.99.
According to the description for this faux-leather Cleaver Clutch, it doesn’t only hold your ID and credit cards, but »
- Cherry Bombed
Talk to me about NeNe’s wig. Before we get to the disastrous therapy experience that made me want to gather all of my friends in a circle and hug them, talk to me about NeNe’s Bride of Frankenstein, Fright Night, gravity-defying wig. Who is paying her to hawk these goods? Everything in my heart tells me she’s going to try to sell these on the Home Shopping Network, and my frown is so deep, the corners of my mouth are hitting the floor.Porsha has a new wig, too, and she’s paired it with a gold choker-necklace that Phaedra lovingly pokes and calls her 12 Years a Slave jewelry. After she shakily totters down the hall in heels so high, only a wall can steady her, to show off a meal she barely cooked, it occurs to me not only that the extremely wealthy need to hear about rubber-soled slippers, »
- Danielle Henderson
By Tom Carmody.
The Magic show 2015 in Las Vegas is proof that the counter culture is spearheading its way into the mainstream, and Famous Monsters is here to add our fang marks.
The 2015 Magic show is the beginning of the year event where future clothing providers meet with companies that bring clothing together, from “dirt to shirt” and eventually to the racks. At Magic, designers and sellers gather and team up in an attempt to be the next trend to take to the streets. And it just so happens that niche companies like FM are looking to lead the way.
Our monsters have become a large part of what we consider today to be “Americana”—like Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola, and pie. FM is looking to meld the romance of Americana with the nostalgia of the classic monsters we all grown to love, creating our Frankenstein: Monstercana.
Monstercana! Imagine the beautiful »
- Holly Interlandi
The FM crew was fortunate enough to attend the Magic trade show in Las Vegas this past week, putting us in touch with other fine purveyors of monster-wear and getting us excited about what we can do at our own store (captainco.com). One of the best way to be creative in the apparel market is with funky socks, and Sock It To Me—who turn ten years old this year—have perfected the art of patterned feet.
At the Sock It To Me booth, FM got to try on a bunch of cool socks as part of their “Try It, Take It, Tag it on Instagram” event. Loads of people got free socks. And if you don’t want free socks—especially ones with monsters on them—well, something is just wrong.
The unique shape of a sock allows for graphic designs that might not otherwise work on a t-shirt or hoodie. »
- Holly Interlandi
The cinema as a romantic location is an image deeply embedded into our love-stricken society – doubly so on Valentine’s Day. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of two tickets to a horror movie will be the recipient of frenzied physical contact from his date. Actually, that’s kind of super sexist. And unless you’re one half of a goth couple, watching horror films on Valentine’s Day is not advised.
Much safer is to settle down with your romantic partner in front of a equally romantic film, basking in the warm glow of your love and superiority over your single, lonely friends. This is your day, your 24 hour window to just celebrate how great it is to be in whatever kind of permanent (or semi-permanent) entangling you find yourself in.
There are rom-coms with their fairy tale story structures and Prince Charmings, »
- Tom Baker
The only legitimately scary thing about the budding Universal Monsters franchise so far is that its launching platform, Dracula Untold, has about as much bite as the Twilight saga. If that sounds harsh, well, that’s because it’s meant to – as franchise starters go, this lazy actioner is as lifeless and absent-minded as they come, never supplying even the tiny amount of intelligence that would have been necessary to buy Dracula, that most reliable of movie monsters, as a sword-wielding action hero of the armor-clad variety.
Universal had an unenviable task in bringing its classic movie monsters, from the Prince of Darkness himself to the Bride of Frankenstein, to the big screen, but one imagines that they could have done better than Dracula Untold, which so cloaks its titular bloodsucker’s origin story in generic special effects and clunky dialogue to such an extent that one begins to forget »
- Isaac Feldberg
There are times, o’ fiends, when yours cruelly sits back in his coffin and thinks “Damn, this gig is really n’ truly tha sh**’!”, and let me tell ya, this is ‘tha sh**tiest’ time I’ve had here yet! Wait… that doesn’t sound right… let me try again. Writin’ for ol’ Famous Monsters is a nightmare come true for the ol’ Ouija Board Kid, and what follows this ramblin’ non-sensory just proves that putrid point, as I get to chew tha fat with one of my favorite artists in the comics biz today: Tom Scioli! So why not join us as we wax all nostalgic-like and geek tha F out in the process!
Famous Monsters. So, you’re currently goin’ ape on the new Transformers Vs G.I. Joe series over at Idw, but how did you get started on the ol’ scintillatin’ sequentials biz?
Tom Scioli. Some of »
11 items from 2015
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