13 items from 2015
Every year as Halloween gets closer, basic cable and the DVD racks at big box stores are flooded with Halloween programming for kids—Disneyfied TV movies and animated specials featuring all their favorite characters in costume. But are these cash-ins any good? If you’re trying to foster a love of horror in your little ones—or just looking for something age-appropriate to show them during October—navigating the seas of “kid-friendly” content can be irritating at best, downright impossible at worst.
Because I both love horror movies and have small children, I have my own picks for what I’ll be showing my kids until they’re of an age for… oh, I don’t know… Cannibal Holocaust. All these choices are subjective and entirely dependent on what different kids can handle.
By age 7, I was already seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street (sneaking a viewing without my parents »
- Patrick Bromley
It starts with a cry of pain. Then a look of terror or ecstasy. And then the body starts to change. Hair grows from the knuckles. Maybe the eyes turn black. Sometimes fangs sprout. Before you know it, the person in front of you isn’t a person anymore. The Transformation can be the most horrific moment in a horror film because it’s where the internal becomes the external. No more false faces. No more hiding. And depending how fearsome the new being is, no more running as well.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)– London wolf calling
It starts out so innocently. Knowing that a full moon is approaching, David Kessler (David Naughton) locks himself in the home of nurse Alex Price (Jenny Agutter) in order to be able to transform into a werewolf peacefully, not killing any innocent people and proving that he doesn’t have to commit »
The first couple of announcements have arrived with regard to what exclusives Funko will be bringing to the upcoming New York Comic Con, and we have the horror highlights for you right here. Per Funko: You’ll see familiar characters decked… Continue Reading →
The post Nycc 2015: Funko Horror Exclusives Include B&W Frankenstein and The Wolf Man ReAction Figures, Bloody Daryl Dixon, Cthulhu, and More! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Virginia Bruce: MGM actress ca. 1935. Virginia Bruce movies on TCM: Actress was the cherry on 'The Great Ziegfeld' wedding cake Unfortunately, Turner Classic Movies has chosen not to feature any non-Hollywood stars – or any out-and-out silent film stars – in its 2015 “Summer Under the Stars” series.* On the other hand, TCM has come up with several unusual inclusions, e.g., Lee J. Cobb, Warren Oates, Mae Clarke, and today, Aug. 25, Virginia Bruce. A second-rank MGM leading lady in the 1930s, the Minneapolis-born Virginia Bruce is little remembered today despite her more than 70 feature films in a career that spanned two decades, from the dawn of the talkie era to the dawn of the TV era, in addition to a handful of comebacks going all the way to 1981 – the dawn of the personal computer era. Career highlights were few and not all that bright. Examples range from playing the »
- Andre Soares
Few comics sit at the intersection of “fan beloved,” “industry defining,” and “absolutely impossible to acquire” the way the EC Comics library does. For a while they almost felt like Comics’ very own Holy Grail. On one hand, you’ve got the Tales From The Crypt brand itself, which has left an indelible mark on pop culture with films, cable TV series, Saturday morning cartoons, and a line of revival graphic novels from Papercutz — a proud legacy, to be sure. But on the other hand, you enter into the more nebulous region of pop cultural osmosis, and it’s there that the legend of Bill Gaines’ little comic line that could grows to gargantuan levels. The baby boomers that ate his ghoulish “mags” up in the early ‘50s eventually grew into the genre fiction movers and shakers of the ‘70s and ‘80s — from cult directors like George Romero and Joe Dante, »
- Luke Dorian Blackwood
The Werewolf film. A staple of the horror genre since Lon Chaney, Jr. got all out of sorts in The Wolf Man (1941), it’s popularity (like the moon itself) , has come and gone in cycles. Leading the pack in 1981, An American Werewolf in London showed the world that there was life in those old lycanthropes yet.
Released in August, An American Werewolf in London earned over 30 million in North America alone. It was a hit, and the reviews were generally favorable, especially in regards to the groundbreaking effects work by Rick Baker (he would go on to win the inaugural Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for this film – deservedly so).
Our tale goes like this: David (David Naughton - the Dr. Pepper guy from the TV commercials – ask your parents) and Jack (Griffin Dunne – After Hours), two Americans, are backpacking through the English countryside. They stop for a »
- Scott Drebit
Benicio Del Toro is a funny kind of movie star. He broke out thanks to his deeply weird, scene-stealing turn in "The Usual Suspects," and ever since has had the kind of career that's lived up to that performance — he's generally chosen to appear in offbeat movies. But just when you think you've got him pegged, he'll do something huge and mainstream like "The Wolf Man" or "Guardians Of The Galaxy," even if those movies are odder than the average blockbuster, and his idea of a prestige picture is a two-part biopic of Che Guevara. So it's rare that he gets to do the sort of thing that someone like George Clooney has built a career on: be funny, charming and a little romantic. "A Perfect Day" gives him that opportunity, arguably for the first time since "Excess Baggage," and it's fun to see the actor flex those muscles. Unfortunately, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The votes are in on this year’s 13th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards and Famous Monsters of Filmland made a big splash! Thank you to all of our fans and readers who honored us with Best Classic Magazine of 2015! Congratulations to August Ragone for Best Article (‘The Complete Godzilla Chronology, 1954-2004’, FM #275) and to our cover artist Bob Eggleton for winning Best Artist Of The Year!
We also received Honorable Mentions in the categories of Best Interview for Joe Moe‘s interview with John Logan (FM #276), Best Overall Issue for Famous Monsters #272 (Richard Matheson), and Best Cover for Famous Monsters #272 by Simon Thorpe.
See the full list of winners here!
Arlington, Va. – The long-awaited release of Clive Barker’s extended version of Nightbreed and a pair of books celebrating science fiction classics were among top winners in the 13th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, announced Wednesday after »
- Caroline Stephenson
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
In Fred Dekker’s all-timer The Monster Squad, young club member Patrick posits The Wolf Man had to wear pants because we couldn’t see his wolf dork in the 1940s. In the Tokyo Grand Guignol trailer, we’ve come a long way since. An anthology which sees four French horror filmmakers craft their respective segments in Tokyo,…
The post Tokyo Grand Guignol Trailer: Wolf Dork Revealed appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
It’s been nearly a year since we last heard anything about the big screen adaptation of popular video game franchise Metal Gear Solid when it was reported that Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) had been attached to the project. Well, now we have some more news.
According to Deadline, in-demand British writer Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has penned a deal with Sony Pictures to write a feature adaptation of Metal Gear Solid, which is set to be produced by Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man). Basu has also been attached to Universal to work on their expanded monsters universe with classic characters such as Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein.
Metal Gear Solid started out life on the MSX2 and Nintendo Famicon in 1987, titled simply Metal Gear. The game was ported for a non-Japanese audience on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988 and it spawned an official sequel in Japan, »
- Luke Owen
When director Gary Shore started working on Dracula Untold he had no clue that it would later become the first film in newly created cinematic universe for Universal's classic monsters. With this one out of the way, Universal will get to work a reboot of The Mummy and then a reboot of The Wolf Man. Check out the video below to see scenes that didn't make it into the theatrical cut. Witness the origin story of one of legend’s most captivating figures in the action-adventure, Dracula Untold. The year is 1462 and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, the prince of Wallachia (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series). But when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper, Captain America: The First Avenger) demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys – including Vlad’s own son – become child soldiers in his »
The wise-cracking ass-kicking small town ninjas of Ninjas vs Vampires are back with the action-packed horror film Ninjas vs Monsters; and this time the ninjas take on an army of traditional horror movie fiends in order to save mankind…
Dracula has called upon Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, Werewolf, and a coven of Witches to wipe out the Ninjas, but our pizza-loving heroes – tougher and wiser after their battles in the 2011 film Ninjas Vs Vampires – now have their own supernatural powers as well as awesome kung fu skills to counter the threat. What follows is non-stop combat with plenty of laughs and gore along the way in director Justin Timpane’s latest horror adventure, which is Executive Produced by Eduardo Sanchez (director of The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly and Exists).
With Ninjas vs Monsters set for a UK release on January 26th and a Us debut on February 3rd, »
- Phil Wheat
13 items from 2015
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