8 items from 2015
Happy October everyone! Our favorite month is finally upon us which means everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit, especially when it comes to upcoming TV programming over the next 31 days. Trying to keep track of everything that’s playing throughout October can be a hellish affair, so once again, Daily Dead is here to help make sure you know about everything Halloween-related hitting cable and network airwaves over the next several weeks.
Unfortunately, not all of the announcements for the upcoming 2015 Halloween television season have been made yet; we’re still missing out on the full details on AMC’s plans for their 2015 Fear Fest that begins on October 18th, and some usual suspects like the Great Pumpkin Peanuts special or The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror have yet to be revealed, so we’ll continue updating this post throughout the month to make sure you guys know what’s coming up. »
- Heather Wixson
An online limited platform distribution initiative running before and during Mostra, Sala Web incorporates most titles from Venice’s cutting-edge Horizons showcase and the annual productions from its Biennale College Cinema. In all, 2015’s Sala Web will feature productions from 20 countries.
One of the most talked-up helmers from the Arab World, Algerian Merzak Allouache (“The Rooftops”) will see featured his film “Madame Courage,” about an unstable and lonely teenager living in a slum in the suburbs of Mostaganem, in Algeria, who is addicted to psychotropic drugs, nicknamed “Madame Courage.” Allouache was Variety’s 2013 Middle East Filmmaker of the Year.
Religious redemption drama “Free in Deed,” by Jake Mahaffy, turns on one man’s attempts to perform a miracle. The grim pentecostal minister confronts »
- Emilio Mayorga
As someone who grew up a bit of a theatre brat years (and years) ago, I’m always game for a genre film that immerses viewers into that community. The recent horror/comedy/musical mash-up, Stage Fright, did a pretty great job playing around in this environment but I must say, it’s nice to see a film like The Gallows come along and bring a little bit of fear back to the stage. The story of The Gallows may be similar to ones you’ve seen before, but the way that both Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing present their material feels uniquely horrifying. And while I may have been left wanting a few more details out of their killer’s backstory, overall I was pleasantly surprised by how intense and well-crafted The Gallows ended up being in the end.
We learn at the beginning of The Gallows that back in the early 1990’s, »
- Heather Wixson
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
No two horror fans are alike, and our differing tastes is a large part of why horror remains such a successful genre. Fear is universal, but what exactly inspires that fear varies from person to person. Over on Halloween Love, journalist John Squires tagged me in a “10 Random Horror Questions” survey that’s been circulating on YouTube. Getting to know a writer can help you determine who’s opinion you most align with when looking for film recommendations. I challenge the rest of the Icons crew to do the same.
1. What was the first horror movie you remember watching?
My mother has always loved horror movies. My dad was the type of person that loved to scare other people, but hated being scared. This meant that my mom would often watch horror alone, until they had me. Thinking that I would just be too young to remember, my mom would »
- BJ Colangelo
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
Fox is assembling a remarkably high-profile cast for its upcoming Ryan Murphy anthology series Scream Queens. In addition to previously-cast series leads Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis, the comedy-horror series will star Lea Michele (Fox’s Glee), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) and Joe Manganiello (HBO’s True Blood). Meanwhile, Victorious co-star and breakout chanteuse Ariana Grande has landed a recurring role.
Whether all those actors will be singing as well as acting is unclear, but it’s a sure thing that Michele, Palmer and Grande will belt out at least a few numbers. Breslin is a likely candidate for a singing role, too, seeing as she showcased her vocal abilities in the little-seen drama Janie Jones back in 2010 and has also been an occasional member of dream-pop band Stargroves.
The stacked cast is less surprising when you consider the show’s pedigree. »
- Isaac Feldberg
This March, cinephiles of all persuasions will congregate in Austin, Texas for 2015’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Each year, the beloved event proves worth the trek, with plenty of terrific dramas, comedies and genre pics on display (last year’s festival screenings included such great flicks as Neighbors, Chef, Open Windows, Stage Fright and The Guest). And today brings exciting news regarding next year’s festival, now that some of the films that will be making their world or U.S. premieres at SXSW 2015 have been announced.
Among the premieres are Dredd director Alex Garland’s anticipated sci-fi thought piece Ex Machina, Michael Showalter’s latest romance Hello, My Name is Doris and The Invitation, a horror-thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. With many more titles to be announced in the coming weeks, this is already shaping up to be a terrific year for SXSW.
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- Isaac Feldberg
8 items from 2015
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