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Killer kids really started pulsating on the horror radar with The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Horrific as these tots were, their actions were explained away by demonic possession and satanic lineage, respectively. Regardless of their cause, the sight of a youngster engaged in heinous behavior was still shocking. Now, roll back the clock a couple of decades and drop a sociopathic eight year old girl in the middle of apple pie strewn Ozzie & Harriet America, and what do you get? The Bad Seed (1956), that’s what; a wonderfully odd ode to li’l murderers and the mothers who love them.
Released by Warner Brothers in September of ’56 and rolled out to the rest of the world over the next year and a half, The Bad Seed brought in over $ 4 million in Us rentals off a $ 1 million budget, making it an unqualified success. Not only that, it received four Academy Award »
- Scott Drebit
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With her blonde pigtails, pinafore dress, spotless Mary Janes, and armed with an elegant curtsy, little 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark is hardly the most intimidating figure. But beneath that childish visage lies the heart of a cold-blooded killer! One that shocked audiences in the 1950s. The Bad Seed prayed on the idea that evil wasn't some devil or mythical monster, but that it lived next door in the most unassuming of places. And worst of all, that evil was a hereditary trait that could be passed on, with no control over your assigned nature. The evil child has now become a staple of the horror genre, from the towheaded Children of the Corn to the twins from The Shining, but one of the first to make her mark (literally - watch out for those deadly shoes!) was bad seed, Rhoda Penmark, brought to »
"Let me introduce you to Adrian... Just so you know, Adrian isn't your typical nine-year-old..." Paladin has released a trailer for a supernatural horror thriller titled The Unspoken, from director Sheldon Wilson. Jodelle Ferland stars as a young babysitter of a nine-year-old boy whose father was killed years earlier in the same house their still living in. Obviously things start to get scary. The cast includes Sunny Suljic as Adrian, plus Neal McDonough, Pascale Hutton, Matt Bellefleur, Rukiya Bernard and others. This looks like yet another typical evil-child horror movie, similar to The Omen or The Bad Seed or Joshua or Orphan. There's plenty of them already, and this one just doesn't look like it has anything different to offer. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sheldon Wilson's The Unspoken, direct from YouTube: "The root of all evil awaits." In 1997 the Anderson family vanished from their home without a trace. »
- Alex Billington
Blame The Bad Seed (1956) for every murderous moppet that has skipped across the screen in subsequent years. Village of the Damned, The Omen, The Good Son, The Children, and many more have explored the taboo of killer kiddies. One of the oddest of the bunch is Ed Hunt’s Bloody Birthday (1981), a ridiculously fun turn with not just one, but three mini-Mansons on hand to clean up the schoolyard.
Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer, as our rascally trio tends to focus on grown ups, what with their stupid rules against homicide and premature burial. (Don’t worry – one of the protagonists is a classmate who is put in mortal danger. All’s fair.) Bloody Birthday was rolled out twice; first in limited release in April of ’81, and then in ’86 (also limited release). The film made its money back but didn’t earn any good grace from critics »
- Scott Drebit
Horror movies have been using creepy kids to good effect for years, dating back at least to Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed. In the case of the upcoming Ouija: Origin Of Evil, the evil kid in question is The Millers’ Lulu Wilson, who gets top billing in the latest trailer for Mike Flanagan’s surprisingly scary-looking sequel to the 2014 hit. The trailer shows off some standard horror movie CGI—expect milky eyes and uncannily wide mouths galore—but the most extended scare comes from the last minute or so, when Wilson gives a matter-of-fact description of death by strangulation that’s legitimately chilling in its sing-song sweetness.
Ouija: Origin Of Evil hits theaters on October 21.
- William Hughes
For every heartbreaking episode of Supernatural, there’s a hilarious, meta adventure or an offbeat case (about fairies, imaginary friends, etc.) to counter the angst. So why shouldn’t the show’s world also have balance on an epic scale?
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In this exclusive video from Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season (on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 6), executive producer Andrew Dabb explains that Season 11 — which confirmed God’s identity and introduced his malevolent sister, Amara (aka The Darkness) — was about “the idea that the universe is kind of on a scale. »
Based on Liz Jensen’s novel and adapted by actor Max Minghella (who appeared in Aja’s previous movie Horns), the thriller stars Aiden Longworth as the title character, a young accident-prone boy who has survived numerous near-death experiences only to fall off a cliff while picnicking with his parents (Aaron Paul and Sarah Gadon). The fall puts Louis into a coma and as his father, the prime suspect, goes on the run, Louis’ mother starts to have feelings for his doctor (Jamie Dornan), who also wonders if there’s more to what happened than what he’s being told.
Although there are some classic horror elements within Louis Drax, it’s a very different beast from the more grotesque and violent films »
- Edward Douglas
It’s probably safe to say that the final handful of episodes of this past season of Supernatural left fans reeling and discussing what’s to come as they suffer through the summer hiatus. In many ways Season 11 felt like a spiritual sequel to Season 5, largely due to the return of characters such as Chuck/God and Lucifer. And for those wanting to revisit the season, on September 6 you can relive all 23 episodes on either Blu-Ray or DVD.
Below you will find the full press release featuring a detailed synopsis as well as a full rundown of featurettes and episodes to be included. Longtime collectors should be happy to see yet another gag reel incorporated. Whether or not Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles do “Blue Steel” remains to be seen.
Let us know in the comments section if you’ll be picking up the set and what you thought of »
- Eric Joseph
Burbank, CA (June 1, 2016) – The series that spawned several novels, magazines, comics, games, and even an anime series continues with more thrilling adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on September 6, 2016. The set contains all 23 gripping episodes from Season Eleven and is packed with over four hours of bonus content – including featurettes, commentaries, the show’s packed Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a priceless gag reel. Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp on DVD and $54.97 Srp on Blu-ray including Digital HD.
Season Eleven plunges Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) into extreme peril as they face The Darkness, a sinister new menace unleashed upon the Earth. They continue their monster-hunting missions, battling the usual werewolves, black-eyed demons and even a vengeful ghost in a stuffed bunny costume, but with »
- ComicMix Staff
The Winchester brothers battle The Darkness in the eleventh season of Supernatural, hitting Blu-ray (including Digital HD) and DVD on September 6th courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The high-def home media release contains all 23 episodes from Season 11 as well as over four hours of special features:
Press Release: Burbank, CA (June 1, 2016) – The series that spawned several novels, magazines, comics, games, and even an anime series continues with more thrilling adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on September 6, 2016. The set contains all 23 gripping episodes from Season Eleven and is packed with over four hours of bonus content – including featurettes, commentaries, the show’s packed Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a priceless gag reel. Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season is priced to own at $49.99 Srp on DVD and $54.97 Srp on Blu-ray including Digital HD.
Season Eleven »
- Derek Anderson
Julie Delpy: "Blake Edwards is really the inspiration for this film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, Wolf Rilla's Village Of The Damned, Mervyn LeRoy's - not Nick Cave's - The Bad Seed and designing with Emmanuelle Duplay and Pierre-Yves Gayraud, came up as Karl Lagerfeld goes underground in Julie Delpy's poking Lolo, starring Vincent Lacoste, Danny Boon, Karin Viard and Delpy herself.
Julie is also featured in Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem with Anjelica Huston, Patricia Clarkson, Judd Apatow, Christine Vachon, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Lake Bell, Amy Berg, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Michael Mann, Paul Feig, Catherine Hardwicke, A. O. Scott, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Dawn Hudson, Jill Soloway, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling.
Violette (Julie Delpy): "Of course it's not autobiographical."
In Delpy's vivacious comedy of ill-manners. she plays Violette, divorced mother to a pouting, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
For “Lolo,” her sixth film as director, Julie Delpy has created a dark comedy perfectly suited to her talents. The offbeat farce stars Danny Boon as Jean-Rene, a recently divorced father who falls for Violette (Delpy), a driven but neurotic producer in the fashion industry. The main problem is Violette’s 19-year-old son, the titular Lolo (Vincent Lacoste), a brilliant but disturbed youth who will go to great lengths to keep the couple apart.
The comedy is by turns sweet and vulgar, kept on track thanks to Delpy’s assured hand. A two-time Oscar nominee for co-scripting “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight,” she also co-wrote the “Lolo” screenplay with Eugénie Grandval. The outspoken actress talked to Variety about making the film, working with actresses and how she’s not opposed to making special effects-driven blockbusters.
Congratulations on the film; I love movies about bad seed children.
It’s funny you »
- Jenelle Riley
Presenting murderous moppets on screen is always a dicey proposition. For every The Bad Seed or The Omen, there is always The Good Son or Mikey skulking about. It’s all about the fear – making a five or ten year old believably frightening is hard to do. As audience members, we put our faith in filmmakers to produce tension, conflict, and danger in a palpable (but not necessarily plausible) way, and when it’s tested we end up wading through Children of the Corn. But when our faith is rewarded, we find ourselves in the Village of the Damned (1960), a seminal killer kid chiller.
Based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, Village was produced by MGM’s British division and distributed there in July, with a December rollout in the States. The film was a great success, both with critics and audiences alike, luring them in with »
- Scott Drebit
Some fun stuff dropping this month! A gory ’80s slasher, a thoughtful Sci-Fi epic, Lego superheroes, and More. Yes. More. No lie. Needle in my eye, etc. More.
Hailed by both critics and audiences, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the entire gang hit the big screen in their first 3D foray last year. Extras include featurettes like “You Never Grow Up, Charlie Brown,” “6 Snoopy Snippets,” and Meghan Trainor’s video for “Better When I’m Dancin’.” You know you want to revisit your youth. You know you want to fly with the Red Baron! You know you want to dance with Meghan Trainor!
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Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and the X-men’s Professor X, James McAvoy, join forces to breathe new life (so to speak) into one of the greatest horror stories ever told. Told from Igor’s perspective, this »
- Harker Jones
While presenting her latest film “Lolo” at the New York Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, Julie Delpy spoke about “On The Verge,” a series she’s developing as a writer with a prominent U.S. streaming service.
Set in the U.S., the English-language comedy series will turn on a group of forty-something woman tackling singlehood and will depict their relationships with men. “We usually picture women in their forties at peace with themselves, but that’s not how they are in real life. I’d like to show them in a way that we haven’t seen them before — show how crude and crazy they can be when they talk about men, sex and relationships.”
The series, which is still at script stage, will mark Delpy’s first foray into TV drama.
- Elsa Keslassy
The Winchester boys tackle a curse in this week's Valentine's Day-themed episode, Love Hurts...
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11.13 Love Hurts
A nanny, who has been having an affair with the father of the child she looks after, has her heart ripped out of her chest, captured on a nanny cam and it looks like the father did it. When the Winchesters see the footage, they think immediately that they’re dealing with a shapeshifter and not, sadly, an “ironic werewolf.” It turns out it’s all been a ploy gone awry by the wife to get her husband back, believing she has cast a return-to-love spell when in fact, it’s actually some pretty dark magics from a local witch, with a kissable curse built in. Anyone who locks lips with the one holding the current curse finds themselves as the next target.
After last week’s more Supernatural family-orientated monster-of-the-week episode, »
Even if it's spinning its wheels to some extent, this week's Supernatural episode is another solid entry in a so-far great season 11...
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With Amara in the wind and Lustiel (thanks commenter SarahJay55 for that hilarious portmanteau suggestion) off on his own personal mission to stop the Darkness, the Winchesters are free to pay a visit to Jodie Mills at the request of the wayward Clare. She’s still living with Jodie and her other adopted foundling, the former jailbait for vampires, Alex. It turns out Clare’s been ‘hunting’ but not very successfully, leaving Jodie at her wit’s end. However, Clare’s hunch turns out to be correct. When Alex’s favourite teacher is hung upside down from the school’s flagpole, the brothers agree that something in their wheelhouse is going on and it may have »
Compared to last week's extraordinary instalment, though good, Supernatural's latest episode is a more workmanlike affair...
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11.11 Into The Mystic
This week, we’ve a locked room mystery on our hands in Into The Mystic. After a cold open in Ireland featuring a shrieking, floating woman, a man bashing his own head in and a baby left to fend for itself, we find the boys investigating the case of a man brutally killed inside his own room with no signs of a break-in. Sam’s still reeling from his run-in with Lucifer so Dean tries to get him back on track, figuring that they’ve got nothing to work on the Darkness yet. Of course, they’re both blissfully unaware that Castiel is no longer in residence and Lucifer has taken over his meatsuit, intent on stopping the Darkness in his own, unique way. »
Supernatural's season 11 return is brimming with confidence, affection for fans, and feeling deliciously unpredictable...
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11.10 The Devil In The Details
‘The Road So Far’ is always the best way to kick off a return to Supernatural, not only bringing us up to speed with important events, but also giving us a kickass soundtrack. The episode kicks off with Sam stuck in the Cage with Lucifer, joyfully taking the younger Winchester through a tour of memories in order to make his point. Dean, meanwhile, is recovering from the attempt to kill Amara by the angels when he finds out what has happened to his brother. Castiel tries to ascertain whether Amara survived and Crowley and Rowena (revealed to have been working with Lucifer… obviously) enter a begrudging alliance in the hope that Lucifer will know what to do in order to defeat the Darkness, »
19 items from 2016
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