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Usually I take a lil’ time here to welcome you all to the latest collection of my putrid pontifications, but I don’t want to keep you from the majesty of the image I dug up for our first review, Shock Waves… I mean, it just has it all: a random arm playin’ a round o’ grab-ass, an amused Baywatch extra, and the titanic disembodied head of screen legend Peter Cushing surveying the everglades with a perpetual look of mild annoyance. I wish Blue Underground had used this beauty for their Blu-ray, but alas, they went the more traditional route (for the record, I spent countless seconds—at least 4 or 5—scouring the internet for an image of the box art that was larger than a postage stamp from the bottled city of Kandor). Anyway, reviews!
Happy Monday everyone! For today’s installment of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, we’re bringing you some stellar gift ideas perfect for horror, sci-fi and pop culture fans including collectibles from Neca, a new book celebrating Planet of the Apes, the ultimate box set from Universal and much more.
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Launched in 2013 by Chelsea Patterson, Cutestreak Designs creates original pop culture infused artwork that’s inspired by some of the most iconic movies and television series of all time (and also creates the killer art for Deadly Magazine each and every month.
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- Heather Wixson
Universal Studios has a long, rich, laudable history of making monster movies. In 1923, Lon Chaney’s work as Quasimodo, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, kicked off what would be a fantastically successful decades-long series of horror films for the studio. Chaney portrayed monsters through the rest of the decade until Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff each first donned their monster makeup in 1931 with "Dracula” and “Frankenstein,” respectively. All through the '30s, '40s, '50s, and into the '60s, Universal rotated a crop of monsters that performed spectacularly at the box office. Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney, and Chaney’s son Lon Chaney, Jr. became widely famous for their work, and the American public turned out en masse to see multiple incarnations of “The Wolfman,” “The Invisible Man,” “The Mummy,” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Indeed, Universal’s monster movies are part of cinema history, which is why recent »
- Zach Hollwedel
Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has revealed that the shared universe of movie monster they recently announced will be “more in the action-adventure genre” to cash in on the popularity of the super hero film craze. Is this an unwise strategy? Is it advisable to turn horror films into action movies? Will this work or will this decision sink the shared universe before it starts?
Superhero action films are certainly the popular trend in recent years. Marvel and Disney, in particular, have made piles of cash bigger than the one the Joker had in the Dark Knight off their comic book adventure films. It’s not surprising that other studios want to cash in on the current wave. But what does seem unusual is that Universal wants to use action to gain an audience for their planned series of horror movies, featuring the classic Universal Studios monsters.
The Hollywood Reporter »
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Universal Pictures' planned monster movie franchise will not be in the horror genre.
Chairman Donna Langley revealed the surprising direction for the classic horror properties during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable discussion.
She said that the films would be ""more in the action-adventure genre".
Universal is planning a series of interlinked films in the vein of Marvel Studios' action-adventure cinematic universe.
The recently released Dracula Untold is reportedly considered the first of the series.
The discussion also saw Disney and 20th Century Fox executives address the controversial cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic.
Directed by Don Siegel.
Body Snatchers invade the small town of Santa Mira…
In this current era of comic-book obsessed filmmaking, the archaic trait whereby a villain is bit by/hit by/falls into radioactive elements, we automatically relate it to our current heroes. Of course, these heroes were created in the atomic age, whereby fear was rife regarding the power of nuclear energy. The atomic age not only inspired comic book heroes and villains but also impacted on cinema, providing the path for films including Forbidden Planet, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. All of which are either due to be shown, or have been shown, at the BFI in their outstanding Sci-Fi season: Days of Fear and Wonder.
Bookended by a Cabinet-of-Dr-Caligari, mad-man narration, »
- Simon Columb
A new writing team is assembling at Universal to resurrect classic monsters and apparently create a credible universe to compete for years with the slates of Marvel and DC Comics films. Recently, Noah Hawley (TV's Fargo), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Now You See Me) were added to work on this new cinematic universe, as The Hollywood Reporter confirmed on Nov. 12. So, perhaps in a few years time, moviegoers will see an Avengers-style film with Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon clamoring around to join forces and wreak havoc. For now, with the
- Erik Hayden
After revealing that at least 3 more Fast & Furious movies are being planned, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley turned her attention to the upcoming Universal Monsters Shared Universe franchise that will kick off with the Untitled Mummy Reboot in 2016 after being teased in this past October's Dracula Untold. And guess what? She claims that this impending slate of films, which is set to also include the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and the ensemble Marvel's The Avengers-style Van Helsing, is not actually part of the horror genre.
Taking a cue from the earlier Mummy franchise reboot starring Brendan Fraser, which debuted in the late 90s, these upcoming Universal Monster movies will be in the action-adventure genre. Here's how she explains it:
"We don't have any capes [in our film library]. But what we do have is an incredible legacy and history with the monster characters. We've tried over the years »
Universal Pictures is continuing to lock down plans for an interconnected cinematic universe featuring its classic monsters, with a trio of scribes having been hired by the studio.
Off screen, the studio aims to create something akin to Pixar's "brain trust" with a handful of scribes all weighing in on and contributing to each other's movies. Each will offer help as needed as they work on separate films that will include serialized storytelling elements.
Previously announced for this group were Chris Morgan ("Fast Five," "47 Ronin") and Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek," "Transformers") who are also producing. Joining them will be "Fargo" TV series creator Noah Hawley, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners," "Contraband"), and veteran screenwriter Ed Solomon ("Men in Black," "Now You See Me").
Guzikowski will take the lead on penning "The Wolfman," a new version of the classic werewolf story that hopes to avoid the mistakes of the 2010 adaptation. It will »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve known for some time that Universal is trying to breathe new life into its catalogue of classic movie monsters, with Dracula Untold introducing a new bloodsucker in the form of Luke Evans, and a new Mummy on the way that will find Alex Kurtzman (executive producer, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) directing from a script by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange). Now, a new rumor has surfaced claiming that the studio wants Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski to write a new take on The Wolf Man, one of its most treasured monsters.
News of Guzikowski’s involvement was embedded in a Deadline report on Universal’s plans for new Fast & Furious movies earlier today. Nothing else has yet come out about The Wolf Man, but the report indicates that the studio is doing its best to expedite the resurgence of its Universal Monsters franchise. Guzikowski, whose work on Prisoners was roundly »
- Isaac Feldberg
Untitled Universal Monster Franchise Film: News broke over the summer that writer-producers Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious) would take charge of rebooting Universal's classic monster movies, with The Mummy coming first on June 24, 2016. Now the second in the series has been dated for release on April 27, 2017, though Universal is declining to say which monster will be featured, describing it only as an "epic action-adventure." Will it be Frankenstein? The Wolfman? The Creature from the Black Lagoon? [Collider] Yoga Hosers: The first official look at Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers features Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp (aka the daughters of Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp...
- Peter Martin
Briefly: After Dracula Untold was release this year, with word that it had ties to Universal Pictures' forthcoming reboot of the studio's classic Universal Monsters series, the next installment in the line-up has been given a release date. Universal has just set The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, for release on June 24th, 2016. In addition, the studio has also staked out April 21st, 2017 for an unknown Universal Monsters film. It could be Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Wolfman, or maybe even a Van Helsing movie (that's been developing for awhile). As of now, we're not sure, but clearly Universal is starting to get their ducks in a row. Stay tuned for more. »
- Ethan Anderton
Universal has announced a release date for the second film in their upcoming cinematic “Monsterverse.” The as-yet unknown title will arrive in cinemas on Friday April 17th, 2017; a date that’s thus far only snagged by the mystery monster pic.
It was back in July of this year that Universal revealed their plans for a cinematic universe. Their intentions are to revive the studio’s era-defining monster properties via a stream of individual features which will all interconnect. This type of move is obviously influenced by the all-powerful Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner and DC’s almost-as-impressive ‘verse and Sony’s… well, let’s not even mention that. Despite facing stiff competition, the studio have a powerful duo at the controls, with Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan overseeing the entire rebooted franchise.
The first official entry, The Mummy, will arrive on June 24th, 2016. Fans of the bandaged romantic will recall that »
- Gem Seddon
Following through on its plan to reboot its classic monster franchies, Universal has dated an untitled monster movie for April 21, 2017.
The untitled monster film is the first movie to be dated on April 21, 2017.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
- Dave McNary
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978’s Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter’s four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings on the set of his Big Trouble In Little China. Carpenter, 67, chain smokes as we revisit the films that made his career — starting with Halloween, a film originally titled The Babysitter Murders that the hungry young director took after making his debut with 1974 sci-fier Dark Star and honing his chops with 1976’s Assault On Precinct 13.
Carpenter speaks candidly of his successes and failures, and of the health issues that required emergency eye surgery in recent years »
- Jen Yamato
It's that time of year! Watch the ladies of The Talk undergo their Halloween transformations.
It's that time of year! Watch the ladies of The Talk undergo their Halloween transformations.
Et's Brooke Anderson was there as the lady's made themselves nearly unrecognizable for Friday's episode: Aisha Tyler as Frankenstein's monster, Sheryl Underwood as The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Sharon Osbourne as the Bride of Frankenstein, a pregnant Sara Gilbert as The Mummy and Julie Chen as Dracula or is it Eddie Munster?
News: The Talk Returns with Dares and Intimate Secrets
"It's Eddie Munster I've decided," said Julie. "Which I'm fine with because he was actually a pretty little boy."
For her own personal Halloween, Julie is going with Princess Leia, but a very specific version of the iconic Star Wars character.
"Not the hot Princess Leia, the cinnamon bun Princess Leia," said Julie.
Sara had restrictions for her costume, using all non-toxic »
They’ve been known to suck blood, howl at the moon, and lurk beneath the water’s murky surface, but though the Universal Monsters can each be intimidating in their own way, they all show a friendlier side on Halloween night when little ghouls and goblins come to them in search of candy. Diamond Select Toys features their Universal Monster action figures in the animated short film, Trick or Treat.
From Diamond Select Toys: “Every year, the spirit of Halloween takes over the world for 31 glorious days, and Diamond Select Toys unleashes a new batch of Monsters! Based on Universal Studios’ iconic horror films of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, Dst’s 7-inch scale Universal Monsters action figures have become an annual tradition, and now they’re starring in their first-ever stop-motion animated short film!
Starring some of the toy line’s most famous characters, “Trick or Treat” was animated by Alex Kropinak, »
- Derek Anderson
To coincide with the release of Blumhouse’s Ouija – which is out on the UK just in time for Halloween on October 31st – we’ve got a Blu-ray box set of Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection up for grabs!
Featuring in the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection box set are Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), The Phantom of the Opera (1943) and The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954).
In Oujia, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)…
…Then complete your details below, using the subject heading “Ouija”. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, November 9th. UK entrants only please.
By entering this competition you agree to our terms and conditions, »
- Gary Collinson
Most people like a good horror film around Halloween. It’s the time of year for a good scare. But what kind of scare do you want…classic or modern? Do you prefer the gothic grand guignol of yesteryear or the deranged demons of today? Who’s cooler and creepier?
Just for clarity’s sake, we’ll draw the old vs. new line at 1978, with John Carpenter’s excellent Halloween being the start of the modern age of Horror. Everything before that (The B&W Universal monster films, the Hammer Studios films with Cushing and Lee, the Poe/Hawthorn adaptations with Vincent Price, etc.) are classic horror flicks.
Let’s start with the names of the monsters. In this category, you have to go with old Hollywood. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
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