8 items from 2017
From August 4th through August 6th, Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con took over the Windy City, and Daily Dead was on hand for all the horror-fied festivities. Throughout all three days, this writer served as one of Flashback’s co-hosts, and brought back some highlights from several of the panels held over the course of the convention.
Below is the first part of our excerpts from the panel featuring the women of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss, and Ronee Blakley. The trio discussed their careers at the point of being involved with the first film in the Nightmare franchise, how the project came about, and their experiences seeing Wes Craven’s landmark film for the very first time.
Be sure to check back here on Daily Dead for more from the women of A Nightmare on Elm Street.
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- Heather Wixson
All he wants to do is take a nap, but Stan has a lot of demon-slaying to do in the second season of Stan Against Evil, which is teased in a new trailer from IFC.
Press Release: More Monsters. Deadlier Demons. Same Stan. In an all-new Season 2 trailer of IFC’s Stan Against Evil, unveiled at Comic-Con International: San Diego today, fans can catch a glimpse of the demonic creatures, animals and ex-husbands heading to the quaint town of Willard’s Mill this November.
Season 2 picks up again in Willard’s Mill, the small New England town where the perpetually disgruntled former sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) must begrudgingly get off his couch to solve the mystery of Sheriff Barret (Janet Varney)’s time-travelling disappearance. Through thick and thin, the unlikely team continues to battle against the unleashing of wicked demons trying to take over their town, which happens »
- Derek Anderson
He just wants to take a nap in his favorite chair, but the 172 demons in Willard's Mill have other plans for Stan and Sheriff Evie Barret in IFC's Stan Against Evil. With filming on the second season underway (stay tuned to Daily Dead for our set visit report), the cast and crew of the horror comedy series will travel to San Diego for what is sure to be a panel to remember.
Taking place in Room 5Ab on Thursday, July 20th, the Stan Against Evil Season 2 panel will include co-stars John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, as well as executive producer Dana Gould (who also plays cemetery caretaker Kevin on the series). We have official details below, as well as the previous press release with full details on the show's second season.
Daily Dead will be providing live coverage from San Diego Comic-Con later this month, and we'll be sure »
- Derek Anderson
It was a serious sucker punch to all film fans when we lost Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds within a day of each other. There have been many tributes to Carrie Fisher and rightfully so. I have not seen that many for Debbie Reynolds so I would like to pay her tribute by reviewing one of her lost gems of a movie, Goodbye Charlie from 1964, based on a play by George Axelrod and directed by Vincent Minnelli.
I can recall seeing this on a network movie night in the late 60s or early 70s, I remember liking it but seeing it again after this many years I was astonished at how funny it really is, and how touching.
The setup is simple, Charlie Sorrell is a writer, sometime screen writer and notorious womanizer. At a Hollywood party on a yacht he is shot by a jealous husband (Walter Matthau in »
- Sam Moffitt
“Home Alone” meets “The Bad Seed” in “Better Watch Out,” a clever black comedy-cum-horror pic in which the apparent home invasion that traps a babysitter and her charges turns out to be something else entirely. This macabre Christmas movie, a co-production shot in Australia but set in Anytown USA, seems destined to become one of those Yuletide perennials for people who like their holiday-themed entertainment as perversely un-wholesome as possible. It’s already sold to numerous territories (including Well Go for North America) with an eye toward a seasonally appropriate late-2017 release.
Squabbling as usual before leaving for a dinner party, the Lerners (expert comic turns by Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton, seen again just briefly at the end) leave only-child Lukas (Levi Miller) in the care of Ashley (Olivia DeJonge). At age 12, you might expect Luke to chafe at still requiring a sitter. But in fact he has high »
- Dennis Harvey
IFC is gearing up for another round of demon slaying, as the network has announced the start of production in Atlanta on season 2 of Stan Against Evil, starring John C. McGinley as the one and only Stan Miller.
Press Release: New York – May 30, 2017 – Production has commenced in Atlanta, Ga for IFC’s Stan Against Evil, with returning leads John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as Stan Miller, the curmudgeonly retired police-sheriff, and Janet Varney (You’re The Worst) as Evie Barret, the current sheriff in Willard’s Mill determined to wipe out the demons that plague their quaint New England town. Stan Against Evil is created by Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Parks and Recreation) and produced by RadicalMedia (Mars, Abstract: The Art of Design). Season 2 of the horror-comedy series will premiere this fall on IFC with eight half-hour episodes.
New guest stars coming to Stan Against Evil Season 2 include:
- Derek Anderson
The horror genre often derives much of its appeal from playing into expectations and generating visceral terror at the same time. That’s certainly the case with “Stephanie,” a more-than-competent entry in the creepy kid subgenre that doesn’t break new ground but manages to find its footing anyway. Directed on a microbudget scale by “A Beautiful Mind” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the movie never crystalizes into the ominous extremes of “The Omen” or “The Bad Seed,” but it nevertheless develops a prevalent eeriness around the chilling performance of a young child.
That would be the titular Stephanie (Shree Crooks, the youngest member of the anarchistic family in “Captain Fantastic”), who spends most of the movie entirely on her own in an empty house. After a bizarre and somewhat cheesy opening segment set in an inexplicable dystopian future, the movie flashes back to the disquieting story of Stephanie, who inhabits her »
- Eric Kohn
As previously noted March 25th and today, March 29th, are the most common days on which to hold Oscar ceremonies. Both dates have seen five Oscar nights in the Academy's 89 year history. But those Oscar anniversaries aren't the only thing worth celebrating today.
On this day in showbiz history...
Colonel James Stewart in 1945
1945 Jimmy Stewart becomes a colonel in the Us Air Force during World War II... »
- NATHANIEL R
8 items from 2017
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