13 items from 2012
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.
Directed by Curt McDowell
Written by George Kuchar
Thunderstruck! is by far the most obscure film you will find on this list. It is without a doubt one of the true landmarks of Underground cinema. With a screenplay by veteran underground film maker George Kuchar (story and characters by Mark Ellinger) and directed Curt McDowell (than student of Kuchar),
Thundercrack! is a work of a crazed genius. »
While looking through my film collection, I’ve noticed that quite a few of my favorite movies have suffered through the same humble beginnings at the box office, just to eventually achieve some form of cult following later down the road. They’re movies that for one reason of another didn’t hit their marks right away and took time finding their audiences, which I think is a true testament to the staying power of film in general. While big blockbuster films like Transformers or similar films based on toys, rides or board games are guaranteed to make hundreds of millions right out of the gate and break records, I feel like the movies that have modest beginnings and take time to really affect a group of people are the ones that are remembered.
So, here are five films that I consider great movies that caught on…after the fact. »
Whether you measure your movies by box office, reviews, or popular appeal, Sony’s $125 million remake of the 1990 Ah-nuld Schwarzenegger interplanetary action fest Total Recall looks like a strike-out. The movie opened with a lethal softness; a $25.7 million first weekend meaning Recall won’t even come close to making back its budget during its domestic theatrical run. In fact, despite 22 years of ticket price increases, it’s doubtful the movie will even match the original’s $119.3 million haul.
And for those of you who think maybe the problem is Total Recall was outgunned opening while The Dark Knight Rises was still sucking up box office coin, entertain, at least for a moment if you will, the possibility the movie just plain sucks. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ canvas, almost 70% of reviewers – and over three-quarters of “top critics” – gave Total Recall a thumbs-down. Those who went to see the movie didn’t »
- Bill Mesce
As the My favourite Hitchcock series continues, we asked members of the guardian.co.uk/film community to tell us about their preferred films from the master of suspense. Today's contribution is from Dallas King, who blogs about film at Championship Celluloid
Alfred Hitchcock has exploited our fear of heights and made us afraid to take a shower, but in his own personal favourite film he was at his most manipulative, making us afraid of our own family.
The horror genre has travelled from the gothic castles of Transylvania in Dracula to the threat from outer space in The Thing from Another World and Invasion of the Body Snatchers until Hitchcock brought it back inside the home with Psycho in 1960.
Yet it could be argued that it had been hiding there all along, behind closed doors, since Shadow of a Doubt in 1943.
Young Charlie (played by Teresa Wright) lives with »
- Guardian readers
In Defence of the Reboot is a new weekly column delving into the murky world of story adaptations, reimaginings and inter-media storytelling.
(I promise they won’t all be this long.)
With the announcement that Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct Avengers 2, in addition to developing a TV series set in the Marvel movieverse (c/o Bleeding Cool), now seems as god a time as any to discuss something that I’ve wanted to address for a while; what I feel is the undue vitriol directed at the concept of expanding on a winning formula, to wit: sequels, reboots and the dreaded remake.
It’s something I’m not entirely unsympathetic to: people getting all het up about a film or show or comic or song they love being manhandled by Hollywood or anyone else is something I can easily relate to. But that’s just an emotional reaction, »
- Mark Allen
June 25, 1982, was a good day for genre fans. Hell, that summer saw a spate of genre classics released, including "The Road Warrior," "Poltergeist," and "E.T." But June 25th in particular saw not only the release, as we discussed earlier today, of "Blade Runner," but also another legendary sci-fi picture, which like Ridley Scott's film, wasn't well-received at the time, and flopped at the box office, but went on to be enshrined in the geek hall of fame. No, it's not Barry Bostwyck vehicle "MegaForce," but John Carpenter's terrifying "The Thing," which despite the efforts of last year's poor retread/prequel, remains one of the greatest sci-fi/horrors ever made.
Technically a remake of Howard Hawks' well-loved 1951 "The Thing From Another World," which Carpenter pays tribute to in the opening moments, the new film took a very different approach, ramping up both the paranoia and the eye-popping physical effects, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Yes ladies and gents, it’s time for another Ovr piece, and this one should bring plenty of interest as I’ll be touching down on two remarkable cinematic works: The Thing from Another World and of course, John Carpenter’s own rendition simply titled, The Thing. To be completely honest, I’m rather excited to take on this particular duo, as they’re not just simply top notch films, they both offer significantly different takes on John W. Campbell Jr.’s original tale (which is Grade A literature, might I add). Who delivered the ultimate package? Who remained faithful to the source material? Who ultimately crafted the loftier picture? Find out below! »
Now a Terrifying Motion Picture! explores the relationship between 25 enduring works of horror literature and the films that have been adapted from them; and knowing how many of our readers are fans of the classics, we thought we'd pass on some info about the recently published book.
Each chapter of author and professor James F. Broderick's work delves into the historical and cultural background of a particular type of horror--hauntings, zombies, aliens, and more--and provides an overview of a specific work's critical and popular reception. The book is published by McFarland, and among the print-to-film titles discussed are:
- The Woman In Black
Potentially mild spoilers ahead, as Fox reveal a few tantalising details about the monsters, ships and sets in the forthcoming Prometheus…
At a time when most films are becoming increasingly dominated by computer graphics, the old practice of building big, physical sets appeared to be dying out. In the case of Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s taken a traditional approach to shooting the film, constructing huge sets which can be augmented with a smattering of CG later, as opposed to shooting his actors in front of a flat green screen.
Keen to highlight this fact, 20th Century Fox has recently spoken a little more openly about the process of making the film, and mentioned aspects of its production which, until recently, weren’t officially confirmed. In an intriguing piece over on Screenslam (of which we learned thanks to Prometheus Movie News), production designer Arthur Max talks about the huge sets constructed for Prometheus, »
1982. The best year for sci-fi and fantasy movies? The year that home video gave second life to films that otherwise would have flopped? Join the celebration here...
2012 marks the 30th anniversary of 1982, a year widely considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, years ever for science fiction and fantasy movies.
Going by original Us release dates, there are indeed few years in cinema history that can boast the release of so many classic, cult, influential, popular and, in some cases, all of the above, Science Fiction and Fantasy movies.
1982 is certainly a year that the Sf/fantasy genre really came into its own, both in terms of its own cinematic aesthetic and as a viable source of commercial success. In the wake of hit Sf/fantasy films like Star Wars and Alien, the genre was finally breaking free of its previous status as predominantly schlocky low budget B-movies and kiddie fare. »
That the original Total Recall is over two decades old is enough to have us weeping into our Oil of Ulay, but the existence of a remake to a film we still quote on a regular basis is, on one level, quite chilling. But as we've said far too many times already on these golden pages, we're willing to give Total Recall 2012 a fair crack of the whip.
After all, The Thing managed to be a thoroughly brilliant remake of The Thing From Another World, and both are classic movies, albeit for entirely different reasons. The same might possibly be true of the two Total Recall films. Right?
The Deadly Spawn, 1983.
Directed by Douglas McKeown.
A crashed meteorite brings hostile alien life to Earth.
The Deadly Spawn is upfront about its inspirations, taking lead from and citing monster movies from the 1950s such as The Thing from Another World (1951), The Mole People (1956) and It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958). Aspiring to blend the genres of horror and science-fiction, we open with a meteorite falling from outer space and landing in a remote part of New Jersey. Two plucky campers set out to investigate and are promptly dispatched in a pre-credits sequence that suitably sets the tone.
Following this, The Deadly Spawn struggles to find its footing. Another two characters are introduced - a mother and father - and some semblance of a plot seems to get going until strange happenings in a basement also lure these folks to their untimely demise. »
If the Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the west coast of Italy last night, looks familiar to you, it's likely that it's because it's the cruise ship that's the setting for the first movement of Jean-Luc Godard's Film socialisme ("It's less a tourist cruise than an international summit of bastards," wrote David Phelps in June). The accident, which cost the lives of three people and injured many more (and around 40 of the 4000 passengers are still missing), occurred on the same evening that a rogue vigilante group going by the name of Standard and Poor's downgraded the credit ratings of nine eurozone countries.
Which brings us to our first set of DVDs. A Forum topic on Artificial Eye's release of its Theo Angelopoulos Collection has been rumbling along for half a year now and, with the third volume coming out next month, David Jenkins has a good long »
13 items from 2012
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