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Looking Back on the Long Film History of Frankenstein

28 November 2015 6:26 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Frankenstein Monster is arguably the greatest monster in all fiction. There have been a few genuinely excellent films made about him, but all too many of them are pretty bad. While the latest attempt in Victor Frankenstein falls flat, Cinelinx looks at the film history of Frankenstein to see which of them worked and which of them didn’t.

The Frankenstein Monster was the invention of 18 year old Mary Shelly (wife of poet Percy Shelly) who was vacationing in Switzerland with her husband, their close friend Lord Byron and John Polidori. Incessant rain left them housebound and reading ghost stories to each other. This led to a challenge from Byron, daring them all to create the scariest story ever told. Mary Shelly seemed outclassed by her literary companions until she heard legends of a crazy scientist named Conrad Dipple who performed illegal experiments using parts of dead bodies and electricity. »

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Torture Garden

7 November 2015 10:11 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Horror comics and magazines filled my shelves as a kid, titles such as Creepy, Eerie, House of Secrets and The Witching Hour weakening my eyes and troubling my sleep. I simply could not get enough of them. However, when I discovered that there were films made in the same multistory, blood soaked spirit, well, I forgot about sleep altogether. My first stop was Creepshow (1982), and delighted with that, I made my way back through earlier (and gentler) excursions of terror. Step right up ladies and gentlemen! Enter the Torture Garden (1967), a carnival exhibit where the evils of man are laid before you…for a price.

Released by Columbia Pictures November ’67 in the U.K. and July ’68 in North America, Torture Garden was the second film of Amicus Productions (Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (’65) being the first) that followed the omnibus format. Amicus, started by producers Max Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky, »

- Scott Drebit

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Back to Ghoul Supplies & Designer Digs for your Dorm – Tardy Edition

6 November 2015 3:52 PM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Editor’s Note: Apologies to the readers of Dtb and to the author of all the Coffin Couture posts, Cherry Bombed for being tardy with this post. We hope that you still find it useful!

After this long, hot, horrible summer, Coffin Couture is Back on Destroy the Brain with our annual, fashionable recommendations for the coming Fall season.

This time around on Cc I decided to focus on the needs of incoming students who also happen to be horror film fanatics. From accessories that homage the great films of Hammer, to beautifully crafted eyeglass frames with an all over Ouija board pattern (yes, really), this year going back to school won’t be as painful as it was for those damn stupid kids that got carved up at the lake this summer and never made it to first period.

Curse of Frankenstein bag

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- Cherry Bombed

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Parkin’s Pit of Perversion: Hammer’s The Curse Of Frankenstein

26 October 2015 6:39 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

UK-based teacher, actor, musician and fearful film enthusiast Nigel Parkin presents a new Shock column charting covert perversion in classic horror films. Back in 1957 Hammer’s first foray into Gothic horror, Terrence Fisher’s The Curse Of Frankenstein, pushed the envelope of cinematic disgust as far as possible. Critics and censors found it ‘repulsive’, ‘degrading’ and…

The post Parkin’s Pit of Perversion: Hammer’s The Curse Of Frankenstein appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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*Updated* Daily Dead’s 2015 Halloween Horrors TV Calendar

20 October 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

*Updated with new film and TV show listings.* 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 coming weeks.

* All Updated & Additional Listings Are In Bold (all times listed are Et/Pt)*

Thursday, October 1st

9:00am – Halloween Crazier (Travel Channel)

10:00am – Halloween Craziest (Travel Channel)

4:00pm – Firestarter (AMC)

6:00pm – The Last Exorcism (Syfy)

6:30pm – Pet Sematary (AMC)

8:00pm – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Disney)

8:30pm – Stephen King’s Thinner (AMC)

10:00pm – Dominion Season 3 Finale (Syfy)

10:30 pm – Cujo (AMC)

Friday, »

- Heather Wixson

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DVD Savant’s Guide to the New Wave of Classic Hammer Blu-rays

15 October 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Curious about all those Region B Hammer Blu-rays from overseas, the ones requiring a region-free player? As a public service, Savant has solicited an expert opinion (you'll have to take my word for that) of a film restoration/transfer specialist who is also an informed fan of the filmic output of the little horror studio at Bray. I know, real Hammer fans buy first and worry about quality later, but this little guide might be of help to the rest of us budget-conscious collectors.

A 'Guest' article Written by a trusted Savant correspondent.

(Note: I receive plenty of emails asking for advice about the quality of Region B Blu-rays, most of which I don't see. I have access to industry people qualified to compare and judge the discs, but they stay off the record, because their employers forbid them to go online with their opinions. They must sometimes simmer in »

- Glenn Erickson

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Fright At Home – October 6th, 2015

6 October 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

This week’s Fright At Home is going to be a jam packed one. Quite a few releases hit shelves and online stores today, so it’ll be a bit lengthy. Everything from sci-fi/action to straight up horror, and even some horror/comedy fare thrown in for good measure.

Our last F.A.H. post was a video one, and we’re testing out what format works best for you readers so please feel free to let us know if you prefer written or video rundowns of each week’s releases. Read on!

Nocturna (Alchemy)

It’s Christmastime in New Orleans and children are mysteriously disappearing, stolen from their homes, taken off the street, dozens have vanished without a trace. Detective Harry Ganat and his partner Roy Cody have found a young girl in the home of a murdered swamper and she leads them to the den of her captors… »

- Jerry Smith

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Horror Classics: Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films

5 October 2015 8:16 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Warners answers the call for Hammer horror with four nifty thrillers starring the great Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. The transfers are immaculate -- Technicolor was never richer than this. The only drawback is that Chris Lee's Dracula has so few lines of dialogue.  On hi-def, Cushing's Frankenstein movie is a major re-discovery as well. Horror Classics: Four Chilling Movies from Hammer Films Blu-ray The Mummy, Dracula has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, Taste the Blood of Dracula Warner Home Video 1959-1970 / Color / 1:66 - 1:78 widescreen / 376 min. / Street Date October 6, 2015 / 54.96 Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, George Pastell, Michael Ripper; Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing, Barry Andrews, Ewan Hooper, Michael Ripper; Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters, Maxine Audley; Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Linda Hayden, Isla Blair, John Carson, Ralph Bates, Roy Kinnear. <Cinematography Jack Asher; Arthur Grant; Arthur Grant; Arthur Grant. »

- Glenn Erickson

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Win Tickets To Young Frankenstein At B&B Theatre’s October Retro Night

2 October 2015 7:30 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Before you see the new Victor Frankenstein movie this Thanksgiving, see the original 1974 classic – Young Frankenstein!

Mel Brooks’ monstrously crazy tribute to Mary Shelley’s classic pokes hilarious fun at just about every Frankenstein movie ever made. Summoned by a will to his late grandfather’s castle in Transylvania, young Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) soon discovers the scientist’s step-by-step manual explaining how to bring a corpse to life. Assisted by the hunchback Igor (Marty Feldman) and the curvaceous Ings (Teri Garr), he creates a monster (Peter Boyle) who only wants to be loved.

Young Frankenstein will be playing for one night only this Thursday, October 8th at the B&B Wildwood 10!  Retro Night showtimes are at 4pm and 7pm and tickets are only $5.

Get yours today at bbtheatres.com

Wamg is giving away free pass vouchers for the show.

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- Movie Geeks

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Horror Classics Vol. 1 Released On Blu-ray By Warner Home Video

30 September 2015 3:56 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Warner Home Video has a nasty Halloween treat for all: the release of the  Horror Classics Vol. 1 boxed Blu-ray set. The titles are smartly bound in a hardcover book format, complete with some cool graphics. Each of the films contains the original theatrical trailer as well. Here is the official press release:

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will scare the heck out of fans when Taste the Blood of Dracula; Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed; and The Mummy are released October 6 in the new Blu-ray Horror Classics Vol. 1 Collection, just in time for Halloween celebrations. All films in the collection are newly re-mastered in 1080p HD and packaged in elegant rigid pocketbook style ($54.96 Srp).  

The quartet of classic horror films, featuring cinema monsters Dracula, Frankenstein and the Mummy, represent classic examples from Hammer Film Productions. Founded in 1934, the British company became best known for a series »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Star Wars movie Rogue One to digitally recreate Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin

23 August 2015 12:47 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The late Peter Cushing, who was one of the unmistakable faces in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is being recreated in CGI for upcoming movie Rogue One.

The British actor, who died in 1994, played Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin in the original 1977 film.

Everything we know so far about Star Wars movie Rogue One

Now, his appearance will be painstakingly recreated using digital CGI for the Star Wars spin-off, The Mail on Sunday reports.

Cushing was also known for his roles in such films as The Mummy, The Curse of Frankenstein and Horror of Dracula.

Meanwhile, the first-look image of Star Wars: Rogue One recently revealed that joining the previously-announced Felicity Jones in the film will be Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.

Star Wars: Rogue One is due for release on December 16, 2016.

Watch director Gareth Edwards discuss Star Wars: Rogue »

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Watch A Clip From Hammer Classic The Man Who Could Cheat Death

2 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Great news for Hammer Horror fans, as Eureka! Entertainment is bringing Terence Fisher's The Man Who Could Cheat Death to dual-format Blu-ray/DVD on 21 September.Fisher helped define the vibrant look of many of Hammer's classic gothic horror tales, and after scoring notable successes with the likes of The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) he delivered this "Bava-esque" tale of scientific malevolence starring Anton Diffring (Fahrenheit 451, Where Eagles Dare), Christopher Lee and Hazel Court.Doctor and amateur sculptor Georges Bonnet (Anton Diffring) has discovered a murderous method of maintaining his youth, once every ten years he murders a young woman and removes her parathyroid glands to replace his own. But after 104 years, he's run into some problems. His collaborator...

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It’s Hammer Time When Warner Bros. Releases Horror Classics Collection Vol.1 This October

24 June 2015 2:54 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Warner Bros. is gearing up to give fans of Hammer Horror a Halloween treat, when they unleash Horror Classics, Vol. 1 on October 6th. A four film Bluray boxset featuring Hammer classics Taste the Blood of Dracula; Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed, and The Mummy, the boxset is just what horror lovers need to fill their Hammer, Cushing and Lee fixes.

Being a huge fan of Hammer Films and not only their classic films, but even the recent revival of the studio (Let Me In, The Woman In Black, The Quiet Ones), this announcement brings quite the smile to my face and I’m sure you horror lovers feel the same.

The Mummy (1959)

In this vivid Technicolor® reincarnation of The Mummy, screen horror icon Christopher Lee wraps on the moldy gauze bandages and emerges as the tormented Kharis, an avenger stalking the hills and bogs of »

- Jerry Smith

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In Remembrance of the Last Classic Horror Legend Christopher Lee

15 June 2015 7:37 PM, PDT | Best-Horror-Movies.com | See recent Best-Horror-Movies.com news »

Christopher Lee was born Christopher Frank Cardini in Belgravia England on May 27 1922. He served the Special Forces in World War 2 but has never discussed his role as he said he was bound an oath of secrecy. Though he began acting in the midforties in films like Hamlet and Moulin Rouge it wasnt until 1957 and 1958s The Curse of Frankenstein and The Horror of Dracula from Englands classic and prolific Hammer Studios that he began to achieve true notoriety. Both of these movies were huge successes and put the studio on the map as well as its two lead stars Peter Cushing (who play his adversary many times onscreen but was his close friend in real life) and Christopher Lee. »

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The Last Great Horror Icon Is Gone: Where Are the Future Scare Masters?

13 June 2015 9:51 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 With the death of horror film legend Christopher Lee, the last of the legendary honor guard of horror has passed on. He was part of an elite group that created the horror genre. Lee’s passing is a reminder that it’s been a long time since we had a new horror film superstar. Is the day of the horror film specialist gone forever? Where are the big-screen boogie-men for the 21st century?

                             

Once upon a time there were a group of actors, known as the ‘screen boogiemen’ who created the horror film/monster movie genre (starting in Universal Studios and later in Hammer Studios.) They were specialists who understood the psychology and performance style of horror cinema and became legends in the industry. The first was silent film star Lon Chaney Sr. (Phantom of the Opera, London After Midnight, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Unholy Three, the Monster, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Joe Dante and John Landis Remember Christopher Lee

12 June 2015 6:55 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

 Joe Dante on Christopher Lee  Lm:  What was your first impression of Christopher Lee, and what struck you about him? Dante: Well, the first Christopher Lee movie I ever saw, before which I was unaware of his existence, was The Curse of Frankenstein in 1957, which was sold by Warner Bros. as a big expensive (which it wasn’t—you know), first-time-in-color Frankenstein movie. And also, it was period. This was before the Shock Theater package was released to television, so I had never seen the original Frankenstein. This was my first encounter with Frankenstein. Lm:  How old were you? Jd:   I was eleven…and I wouldn’t be gilding the ...

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Hammer Horror Classics Volume One Blu-ray Collection Announced

12 June 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Though Sir Christopher Lee sadly passed away, his work will live on forever. In a new Blu-ray set, Warner Archive is preserving three Lee-starring Hammer horror movies: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave, The Mummy, and Taste the Blood of Dracula.

Blu-ray.com reports that Warner Archive's Horror Classics Volume One Blu-ray collection will hit shelves this fall (October 6th, according to Home Theater Forum). The collection includes four Hammer films: Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968), The Mummy (1959), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969).

In addition to the Horror Classics Volume One, Warner Archive will also release the Special Effects Collection Volume One, a sci-fi / adventure Blu-ray set comprising Son of Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, and Them!

It's estimated that both collections will be priced at $54.96 apiece and released in early October, and it's even believed that the titles will be sold separately, »

- Derek Anderson

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TCM to Honor Movie Icon Christopher Lee on June 22

12 June 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of the late actor Christopher Lee, Lee, who passed Sunday June 11 at the age of 93. (Our obit is here.) The British actor owned Dracula through nine movies and also played the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu. TCM will play eight of Lee's films on Monday, June 22. He boasted 275 film credits including Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton. Read More: Rip Christopher Lee, Who Played Dracula 9 Times The following is the complete schedule for "TCM Remembers Christopher Lee" – Monday, June 22: 6:15 a.m. The Mummy (1959) 8:00 a.m. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 a.m. Horror of Dracula  (1959) 11:00 a.m. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 p.m. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1969) 2:30 p.m. Horror Express (1972) 4:00 p.m. The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 p.m. The Four Musketeers »

- Anne Thompson

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TCM to Honor Movie Icon Christopher Lee on June 22

12 June 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of the late actor Christopher Lee, Lee, who passed Sunday June 11 at the age of 93. (Our obit is here.) The British actor owned Dracula through nine movies and also played the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu. TCM will play eight of Lee's films on Monday, June 22. He boasted 275 film credits including Peter Jackson’s "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton. Read More: Rip Christopher Lee, Who Played Dracula 9 Times The following is the complete schedule for "TCM Remembers Christopher Lee" – Monday, June 22: 6:15 a.m. The Mummy (1959) 8:00 a.m. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) 9:30 a.m. Horror of Dracula  (1959) 11:00 a.m. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966) 12:45 p.m. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1969) 2:30 p.m. Horror Express (1972) 4:00 p.m. The Three Musketeers (1972) 6:00 p.m. The Four Musketeers »

- Anne Thompson

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TCM To Honor Christopher Lee on June 22 With 8 Film Tribute

12 June 2015 7:47 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of acclaimed British actor Christopher Lee, whose haunting, intimidating performances as Count Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and Fu Manchu made him an icon of horror films with an eight film tribute on Monday, June 22.

Lee, who passed Sunday June 7th at the age of 93, had long career which emcompased more than 275 credits including Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and four films with director Tim Burton.

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to Christopher Lee:

TCM Remembers Christopher LeeMonday, June 22

6:15 a.m. The Mummy (1959)

8:00 a.m. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

9:30 a.m. Horror of Dracula  (1959)

11:00 a.m. Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

12:45 p.m. Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1969)

2:30 p.m. Horror Express (1972)

4:00 p.m. The Three Musketeers (1972)

6:00 p.m. The Four Musketeers (1975)

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- Michelle McCue

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